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Old 06-05-2011, 09:33 AM #1
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This guy was quite a character. I believe he was the first African world champion, is that correct? His ko victory over Georges Carpentier must have been one of the biggest upsets in history. I think Carpentier vastly underated him, but still. He was Carpentier...

Shame Siki could not control himself outside the ring and sometimes not even inside. I believe he woulda remained champion if he trained more and partied less, just like so many other "oldtimers". Baer and Johansson spring to mind mostly. Siki was also a WW1 hero, decorated. Then it all came to head and he got shot after a brawl in a speakeasy.
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:05 PM #2
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This guy was quite a character. I believe he was the first African world champion, is that correct? His ko victory over Georges Carpentier must have been one of the biggest upsets in history. I think Carpentier vastly underated him, but still. He was Carpentier...

Shame Siki could not control himself outside the ring and sometimes not even inside. I believe he woulda remained champion if he trained more and partied less, just like so many other "oldtimers". Baer and Johansson spring to mind mostly. Siki was also a WW1 hero, decorated. Then it all came to head and he got shot after a brawl in a speakeasy.
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He certainly was a character. He had a pet lion that he regularly paraded through Paris on a leash! There's a good book on him by Peter Benson.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:07 AM #3
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