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Arguments often boiled down to pure bias, or occasionally which side of the channel one resided on. Among unbiased observers today, there’s little doubt that both pursuits can be entertaining for spectators and have contributed greatly to the advancement of ring strategies and tactics.
That historical contention did, however, motivate me to research the subject, and that led to my discovery of a martial artist who competed at the top tier in boxing and boxe Francaise. ǡ ) “The Orchid Man” or “The Orchid Kid.” AT THE AFOREMENTIONED turn of the century, Carpentier was a noted boxe Francaise competitor who went on to win the French championship in 1907. The sport was in its heyday at the time, so we can assume that Carpentier was forced to face some of the ϐ ϐ ' ' Ǥ
2 ) great inroads, and the allure of big ) ' Ǥ With expanded economic horizons in his mind, Carpentier opted to try his hand at boxing.
Carpentier boxed with a smooth, ' ϐ ) belied his boxe Francaise origins. He ' ' ) ǡ ) the European welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight titles. In an effort to annex the light-heavyweight title in the States, he found himself ϐ ' Ǧ ) ǡ 2 ' his power than for his excellent ring Ǥ ) ' ) some of the best brawlers his division had to offer, and he always comported himself well. THE TWO PUGILISTS faced off on October 12, 1920. Carpentier wound ) ' ǡ Ǥ ϐ brought the well-regarded, dapper