Georges Carpentier (French pronunciation: [ʒɔʁʒ kaʁ.pɑ̃ˈtje]; January 12, 1894 – October 28, 1975) was a French boxer, actor and World War I pilot. He fought mainly as a light heavyweight and heavyweight in a career lasting from 1908 to 1926. Nicknamed the "Orchid Man", he stood 5 feet 11 1⁄2 inches (182 cm) and his fighting weight ranged from 147 to 175 pounds (67 to 79 kg). Carpentier was known for his speed, his excellent boxing skills and his extremely hard punch. The Parisian Sports Arena Halle Georges Carpentier is named after him.
|Height||5 ft 11 1⁄2 in (182 cm)|
|Born||January 12, 1894|
Lievin, Pas-de-Calais, France
|Died||October 28, 1975 (aged 81)|
|Wins by KO||56|
Born in Liévin in Pas-de-Calais, Carpentier began his career by progressing up through the weight divisions, fighting in every division from welterweight upwards. After making his first professional bout at age 14, he was welterweight champion of France and of Europe in 1911, middleweight champion of Europe in 1912, and light heavyweight champion of Europe in 1913. On June 1, 1913, he beat "Bombardier" Billy Wells in Ghent, Belgium to become heavyweight champion of Europe. He defended his title in December against Wells, in January 1914 against Pat O'Keeffe and in London on July 16 he beat Ed "Gunboat" Smith to add the "White Heavyweight Champion of the World" to his European title. The white heavyweight title bout sported a purse worth 9,000 pounds sterling (equivalent to approximately $1,079,704 in today's funds).
Carpentier was also a referee during the early stages of his career, supervising a number of fights including the world title bout between Jack Johnson and Frank Moran in June 1914. Carpentier was a French Air Force aviator during World War I and was awarded two of the highest French military honors, the Croix de Guerre and the Médaille Militaire. This served to heighten his already exceptional popularity, not only in France but in the United States and England as well.
Carpentier defended his title twice again in 1919 before dropping down a weight class to challenge Battling Levinsky for the light heavyweight championship of the world. The fight took place on October 12, 1920, in Jersey City and Levinsky was knocked out in the fourth. Carpentier's attempt at the heavyweight Championship of the world came on July 2, 1921, again in Jersey City, when he faced Jack Dempsey in front of boxing's first million dollar gate (approximately $14,000,000 today). Carpentier was badly beaten around before suffering a knockout in the second minute of the fourth round. Carpentier never fought again for that title. He lost his world light heavyweight title and his European heavyweight and light heavyweight titles the following year, on September 24, 1922, in a controversial bout with Senegalese fighter Battling Siki. His last truly noteworthy fight was on July 24, 1924, with Gene Tunney at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York City. Carpentier lost the bout by TKO after fifteen rounds. He retired from the ring after a final exhibition bout in 1927.
Following his retirement from boxing, Carpentier spent a number of years as a vaudeville song-and-dance man, mostly in England and the US. He is the author of a boxing novel, Brothers of the Brown Owl: A Story of the Boxing Ring published c. 1920 by Cassell and Company (being a volume in the uniform Cassell's Empire Library). He also appeared in half a dozen motion pictures, starring in both silent films and talkies. He made three films in Hollywood, one for director J. Stuart Blackton in England and two in his native France. His last screen appearance was in 1934. Soon after, he became proprietor of an upmarket bar, Chez Georges Carpentier, in a chic Paris neighborhood. In several different locations, this is the profession he would exercise until shortly before his death.
From the time they boxed together in 1921, Carpentier remained close friends with Jack Dempsey. They visited each other in New York and Paris, got together to commemorate the anniversary of their famous bout and exchanged birthday greetings.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|88 Wins (57 Knockouts), 14 Defeats (9 Knockouts), 6 Draws, 1 No Contest|
|Win||88-14-6||Rocco Stramaglia||KO||3||1926-09-15||Elks Gym, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho|
|Win||87-14-6||Jack Burke||KO||2 (4)||1926-07-07||Denver, Colorado|
|Loss||86-14-6||Tommy Loughran||UD||10||1926-06-17||Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Draw||86-13-6||Eddie Huffman||PTS||10||1926-05-21||Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts|
|Loss||86-13-5||Gene Tunney||TKO||15 (15)||1924-07-24||Polo Grounds, New York, New York||The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1924)|
|Loss||N/A||Tommy Gibbons||NWS||10||1924-05-31||Floyd Fitzsimmons' Arena, Michigan City, Indiana||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||86-12-5||Arthur Townley||KO||2 (10)||1924-05-01||Stadion Hohe Warte, Vienna|
|Win||85-12-5||Joe Beckett||KO||1 (20)||1923-10-01||Olympia, Kensington, London|
|Win||84-12-5||Marcel Nilles||KO||8 (15)||1923-05-06||Stade Velodrome, Paris|
|Loss||83-12-5||Battling Siki||KO||6 (20)||1922-09-24||Buffalo Stadium, Paris||Lost lineal light heavyweight title|
|Win||83-11-5||Kid Lewis||KO||1 (20)||1922-05-11||Olympia, Kensington, London||Retained lineal light heavyweight title|
|Win||82-11-5||George Cook||KO||4 (10)||1922-01-12||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London|
|Loss||81-11-5||Jack Dempsey||KO||4 (12)||1921-07-02||Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey||For lineal heavyweight title|
|Win||81-10-5||Battling Levinsky||KO||4 (12), 0:07||1920-10-12||Westside Ballpark, Jersey City, New Jersey||Won lineal light heavyweight title|
|Win||80-10-5||Georges Grundhoven||KO||2 (20)||1920-02-26||Casino de Beausoleil, Beausoleil, Alpes-Maritimes|
|Win||79-10-5||Blink McCloskey||KO||2 (10)||1920-01-10||Bordeaux, Gironde|
|Win||78-10-5||Joe Beckett||KO||1 (10), 1:10||1919-12-04||Holborn Stadium, Holborn, London|
|Win||77-10-5||Jean Croissilles||KO||2 (20)||1919-09-29||Teatro Bellas Artes, San Sebastian, País Vasco|
|Win||76-10-5||Dick Smith||KO||8 (20)||1919-07-19||Cirque de Paris, Paris|
|Win||75-10-5||Kid Jackson||DQ||4 (10)||1914-07-26||Bordeaux, Gironde|
|Win||74-10-5||Gunboat Smith||DQ||6 (20)||1914-07-16||Olympia, Kensington, London|
|Win||73-10-5||Philippe Robinson||KO||3||1914-06-14||Beziers, Hérault|
|Win||72-10-5||Hubert Roc||KO||2||1914-06-02||Hippodrome, Valenciennes, Nord|
|Win||70-10-5||Irish O'Mara||KO||2||1914-04-13||Blois, Loir-et-Cher|
|Loss||69-10-5||Joe Jeanette||PTS||15||1914-03-21||Luna Parc, Porte Maillot, Paris|
|Win||69-9-5||Pat O'Keeffe||KO||2 (20)||1914-01-19||Nice, Alpes-Maritimes|
|Win||68-9-5||Bombardier Billy Wells||KO||1 (20)||1913-12-08||National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London|
|Win||67-9-5||Jim Lancaster||KO||2 (12)||1913-10-31||Geneva|
|Win||66-9-5||Jeff Smith||PTS||20||1913-10-11||Luna Parc Arena, Paris|
|Win||65-9-5||Irish O'Mara||KO||2||1913-08-10||Vichy, Allier|
|Win||64-9-5||Ashley Williams||KO||4 (20)||1913-08-06||Vichy, Allier|
|Win||63-9-5||Albert Lurie||TKO||3||1913-06-29||Bordeaux, Gironde|
|Win||62-9-5||Bombardier Billy Wells||KO||4 (20)||1913-06-01||Feestpaleis, Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen|
|Win||61-9-5||George Gunther||PTS||15||1913-03-17||Nice, Alpes-Maritimes|
|Win||60-9-5||Cyclone Smith||KO||3||1913-03-01||Nice, Alpes-Maritimes|
|Win||59-9-5||Bandsman Dick Rice||KO||2 (20)||1913-02-12||Cirque de Paris, Paris|
|Win||58-9-5||Marcel Moreau||TKO||8 (20)||1913-01-08||Cirque de Paris, Paris|
|Loss||57-9-5||Billy Papke||TKO||18 (20)||1912-10-23||Cirque de Paris, Paris|
|Loss||57-8-5||Frank Klaus||DQ||19 (20)||1912-06-24||Dieppe, Seine-Maritime||For lineal middleweight title|
|Win||57-7-5||Willie Lewis||PTS||20||1912-05-22||Cirque de Paris, Paris|
|Win||56-7-5||Hubert Roc||KO||6||1912-05-10||Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône|
|Win||55-7-5||George Gunther||PTS||20||1912-04-04||Cirque de Paris, Paris|
|Win||54-7-5||Jim Sullivan||KO||2 (20)||1912-02-29||Monte Carlo|
|Win||53-7-5||Charles Bradley||KO||2||1912-01-27||Rouen, Seine-Maritime|
|Win||52-7-5||Battling La Croix||KO||4||1912-01-20||Rouen, Seine-Maritime|
|Win||51-7-5||Jim Taylor||KO||4||1912-01-14||Lille, Nord|
|Win||50-7-5||Harry Lewis||PTS||20||1911-12-13||Cirque de Paris, Paris|
|Win||49-7-5||Theo Clay||KO||9||1911-11-17||Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais|
|Win||48-7-5||Young Joseph||KO||10 (20)||1911-10-23||King's Hall, London|
|Win||47-7-5||Sid Burns||KO||15 (15)||1911-10-02||Earls Court Arena, Kensington, London|
|Loss||46-7-5||Dixie Kid||TKO||5 (15)||1911-08-29||Trouville, Calvados|
|Win||46-6-5||Arthur Evernden||PTS||15||1911-08-14||Cabourg, Calvados|
|Win||45-6-5||Jack Goldswain||KO||4 (15)||1911-06-23||National Sporting Club, Paris|
|Win||44-6-5||Robert Eustache||TKO||16 (20)||1911-06-10||Cirque de Paris, Paris|
|Win||43-6-5||Frank Loughrey||PTS||15||1911-05-20||Cirque de Paris, Paris|
|Win||42-6-5||Henri 'K.O.' Marchand||KO||7||1911-04-23||Arras, Pas-de-Calais|
|Win||40-6-5||Sid Stagg||PTS||10||1911-04-01||Roubaix, Nord|
- James B. Roberts & Alexander G. Skutt (2006). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall of Fame Official Record Book. USA: McBooks Press. p. 83. ISBN 9781590131213. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- Radosta, John S. (October 29, 1975). "Georges Carpentier, Boxer, Dies in Paris; He Fought Dempsey at Boyle's Thirty Acres in 1921". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
Georges Carpentier, who lost on a fourth-round knockout to Jack Dempsey in boxing's first $1million gate, died last night of a heart attack. He was 81 years old.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
- "The Lineal Light Heavyweight Champions". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
- John Grasso (2014). Historical Dictionary of Boxing. USA: Scarecrow Press. p. 89. ISBN 9780810878679. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- Georges Carpentier's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-03.
| World Light Heavyweight Champion
12 October 1920 – 24 September 1922
|Titles in pretence|
|Vacant|| World Middleweight Champion
29 February 1912 - 24 June 1912
|claim unified by|
| World White Heavyweight Champion
16 July 1914 - 5 April 1915
|Title defunct when|
wins World Championship
- Professional boxing record for Georges Carpentier from BoxRec
- Carpentier vs Gene Tunney - Fight by Rounds - July 25, 1924
- Carpentier vs Gene Tunney - July 25, 1924
- Georges Carpentier on IMDb
- Georges Carpentier at Virtual History
-  www.georgescarpentier.org (biographical website devoted to Carpentier, including extensive text, images, some video) 
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