Harry Greb vs. Gene Tunney (1st meeting)
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1922-05-23 : Harry Greb 162¼ lbs beat Gene Tunney 174½ lbs by UD in round 15 of 15
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
- Referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
- Judge: Tommy Shortell
- Judge: Elmer Hurley
- American Light Heavyweight Title
- Weights: Greb 162¼; Tunney 174½
- Pittsburgh Post reported that Tunney fought extremely well. He made a great fight for 10 rounds, but Greb set a pace in the last five that overwhelmed his opponent. Tunney's eyebrows were cut and he bled at the nose and mouth. Greb fought his usual fight, all over his man, and chopping him up. Tunney fought Greb much better than Tommy Gibbons had done in New York.
- Immediately after this fight, Promoter Tex Rickard cabled world light heavyweight champion Georges Carpentier an offer to defend his title against Harry Greb in the U.S.
Post fight comment
- "I'll fight Carpentier any time, any place." -Harry Greb, on the news of Tex Rickard's offer to Carpentier.