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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

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