Battling Siki

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Battling Siki
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Battling Siki
Born(1897-09-16)16 September 1897
Died15 December 1925(1925-12-15) (aged 28)
NationalityFrench
OccupationBoxer

Louis Mbarick Fall (16 September 1897 – 15 December 1925), known as Battling Siki, was a French light heavyweight boxer born in Senegal who fought from 1912 to 1925, and briefly reigned as the World light heavyweight champion after knocking out Georges Carpentier.

Early years[edit]

He was born in the port city of Saint-Louis, French Senegal. As a teenager, he dived from the top of a cliff to fetch coins thrown by the French from the sea. He was noticed by a Dutch dancer who offered to take him to Europe, where he worked washing dishes. Then at 14 years old, he began his career in boxing. Siki's early years were inauspicious. From 1912 to 1914 he compiled a record of just eight wins, six losses and two draws.

When World War I erupted, Siki joined the French army, serving in the 8th Colonial Infantry Regiment. During the war he was decorated for bravery in battle with the Croix de Guerre and the Médaille Militaire, before being honorably discharged.[1]

Post-war career[edit]

After his discharge from the military, Siki resumed his boxing career. In October and November 1920 Siki boxed two matches in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He was romantically involved with a Dutch woman, Lijntje van Appelteer, who became his common-law wife. On 16 December 1921, she had a son, Louis Junior.[2] In this period he taught boxing at the amateur boxing club De Jonge Bokser (The Young Boxer).

From 1 November 1919, until he faced Georges Carpentier for the world light heavyweight championship in 1922, Siki compiled the impressive record of 43 wins in 46 bouts (21 KOs), suffering just one loss (on a decision) and two draws. Carpentier, the reigning World and European champion, agreed to fight Siki for the title, and they met in Paris, on 24 September 1922.

Siki claimed that he had agreed to take a dive, but when Carpentier dropped Siki, the outraged Siki decided to get up and fight. Although he had agreed to throw the fight, he did not intend to get beat up doing so.

In the sixth round Siki hit Carpentier with a powerful right uppercut that appeared to put Carpentier down and out for the count. The referee, however, claimed Siki had tripped Carpentier, and awarded the bout to the unconscious champion on a foul. Fearing a riot from the aroused crowd, the three ringside judges overruled the referee, and Siki was eventually declared the champion.

Siki then embarked on a well publicized rampage of partying and carousing. He would walk his pet lion down the Champs-Élysées while wearing his top hat and tuxedo. Siki was known to fire his revolvers in the air in public as a means of prompting his two Great Danes to do tricks. He was constantly reported drinking champagne in night clubs, and spent freely on flashy clothes and partying. He was fond of white women, and both his wives were white.

During this time offers came in from the United States for the colourful Siki to meet the leading heavyweight contender Harry Wills, middleweight champion Johnny Wilson, and the legendary Harry Greb. Attempts were even made to match Siki with the then reigning heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey.

Siki photographed in March 1923 with Eugene Stuber at the Claremont Hotel, Howth, Dublin

Instead, Siki signed to defend his title against Irish light heavyweight Mike McTigue on Saint Patrick's Day in Dublin. The bout was controversial and Siki lost on decision, and so lost the title.[3] This defeat was the first loss in a downward trend of dissipation and poor performances by Siki, which culminated in his death a little over a month after his last fight.

After the world title[edit]

After losing his European title on a foul, Siki moved to the United States. His record in the States was poor and he failed to defeat any top-notch fighters. His failure to train properly was evident; his record after winning the title was 11 wins (7 KOS), 17 losses, 1 draw and 2 no contests. It was during this time period that he suffered the only two knockout defeats of his career. On 23 July, he married artist Lillian Werner of Memphis, Tennessee, who was seven years his senior, in a civil marriage. Werner was registered as white, making theirs a rare mixed-race marriage at the time. At the time of his wedding, friends of Siki from France alleged that he was still married to a Dutch woman living in France who had born him a child two years earlier.[4]

Even in the States Siki continued to carouse and train on booze and street brawls. Often, he would get drunk in speakeasies, refuse to pay the tab, and fight his way out.

Commemorative plaque in Saint-Louis

Murder and burial[edit]

On 15 December 1925, he was stopped by a policeman who saw him staggering drunk on 42nd Street, not far from his apartment in New York City. Siki stated that he was on his way home, and walked off. Later he was found lying face down, shot twice in the back at close range, dead at the age of 28.

The Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, the father of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., presided over his funeral, which was held in Harlem, New York. He was survived by his widow Lillian Werner Phal, whom he had married a year earlier.[5]

He was initially buried at Flushing Cemetery, in an unmarked grave.[6] There were brief ceremonies held in the Flushing Cemetery on 46th Ave and was participated in by representatives of the Senegalese government and of the African Boxing Union: a headstone was dedicated here by the International Veterans Boxing Association.[6] Cherif Djigo, first consul at the Senegalese Mission to the United Nations, stated "This stone represents to us a grand symbol that Battling Siki has not been forgotten".[6] His body was repatriated to Senegal in 1993.[7]

Trivia[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

All information in this section is derived from BoxRec,[9] unless otherwise stated.

Official record[edit]

91 fights 60 wins 24 losses
By knockout 31 4
By decision 26 16
By disqualification 3 4
Draws 4
Newspaper decisions/draws 3

All newspaper decisions are officially regarded as “no decision” bouts and are not counted in the win/loss/draw column.

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
91 Loss 60–24–4 (3) Lee Anderson PTS 12 Nov 13, 1925 104th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S
90 Loss 60–23–4 (3) Billy Vidabeck NWS 10 Aug 18, 1925 Playgrounds Stadium, West New York, New Jersey, U.S
89 Loss 60–23–4 (2) Joe Silvani DQ 8 (12) Aug 8, 1925 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S
88 Win 60–22–4 (2) Jimmy Francis KO 2 (8) Jul 23, 1925 Playgrounds Stadium, West New York, New Jersey, U.S
87 Win 59–22–4 (2) Chief Halbran KO 3 (12) Jul 10, 1925 Steeplechase A.A., Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S
86 Loss 58–22–4 (2) Art Weigand PTS 6 Jun 25, 1925 Bison Stadium, Buffalo, New York, U.S
85 Loss 58–21–4 (2) Paul Berlenbach TKO 10 (12) Mar 13, 1925 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S
84 Loss 58–20–4 (2) Jack Burke PTS 12 Dec 4, 1924 Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S
83 Draw 58–19–4 (2) Frank Kearns PTS 10 Nov 27, 1924 Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S
82 Loss 58–19–3 (2) Tony Marullo PTS 12 Nov 14, 1924 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S
81 Win 58–18–3 (2) Roscoe Hall TKO 6 (10) Nov 7, 1924 Passaic Armory, Passaic, New Jersey, U.S
80 Loss 57–18–3 (2) Mike Conroy TKO 8 (10) Aug 20, 1924 Lorain, Ohio, U.S
79 Loss 57–17–3 (2) Homer Smith PTS 10 Aug 11, 1924 Bison Stadium, Buffalo, New York, U.S
78 Win 57–16–3 (2) Dixie Kid RTD 3 (10) Aug 4, 1924 Fair Grounds Arena, Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S Not to be confused with Dixie Kid
77 Loss 56–16–3 (2) Sergeant Jack Lynch PTS 10 Aug 2, 1924 Clinton Oval, Woonsocket, Rhode Islan, U.S
76 Win 56–15–3 (2) Blacksmith Russell KO 7 (10) Jul 18, 1924 Textile Field, Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S
75 Win 55–15–3 (2) Ray Bennett NWS 12 Jul 11, 1924 Bellaire, Ohio, U.S
74 Loss 55–15–3 (1) Tut Jackson PTS 10 Feb 14, 1924 Fort Hayes Arena, Columbus, Ohio, U.S
73 Win 55–14–3 (1) Joe White PTS 10 Feb 8, 1924 Rochester, New York, U.S
72 Loss 54–14–3 (1) Joe Lohman NWS 10 Jan 31, 1924 Kenwood Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S
71 Loss 54–14–3 Battling Owens PTS 15 Jan 21, 1924 Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S
70 Win 54–13–3 Young Norfolk PTS 8 Jan 14, 1924 Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S
69 Win 53–13–3 Tony Stabenau KO 2 (10) Jan 7, 1924 Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S
68 Loss 52–13–3 Jack Taylor PTS 10 Dec 25, 1923 Adelphia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S
67 Loss 52–12–3 Kid Norfolk PTS 15 Nov 20, 1923 Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S
66 Win 52–11–3 Gaston Marmouget KO 3 (12) Aug 5, 1923 Arènes du Bouscat, Bordeaux, France
65 Win 51–11–3 Marcel Nilles KO 2 (15) Jul 8, 1923 Stade Buffalo, Montrouge, France
64 Loss 50–11–3 Emile Morelle DQ 6 (20) Jun 16, 1923 Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, France
63 Loss 50–10–3 Mike McTigue PTS 20 Mar 17, 1923 La Scala Theatre, Dublin, Ireland Lost NBA and NYSAC light heavyweight-titles
62 Win 50–9–3 Georges Carpentier KO 6 (20) Sep 24, 1922 Stade Buffalo, Montrouge, France Won NBA, NYSAC, and IBU light-heavyweight titles;
Won IBU heavyweight title
61 Win 49–9–3 Harry Reeve TKO 6 (15) Jul 27, 1922 Marseille, France
60 Win 48–9–3 Hans Dressler TKO 5 (6) Jul 23, 1922 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
59 Win 47–9–3 Marcel Nilles PTS 15 Jun 23, 1922 Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, France
58 Draw 46–9–3 Harry Reeve PTS 10 May 19, 1922 Hippodrome-paleis, Antwerpen, Belgium
57 Win 46–9–2 Harry Reeve PTS 10 May 11, 1922 Theater Carré, Amsterdam, Netherlands
56 Win 45–9–2 Alfred Baker PTS 12 Apr 26, 1922 Frontón Condal, Barcelona, Spain
55 Win 44–9–2 Louis Piochelle PTS 12 Apr 16, 1922 Stade Municipal, Algiers, Algeria
54 Win 43–9–2 Martinus Vige TKO 6 (10) Mar 31, 1922 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
53 Win 42–9–2 Frank Hoche PTS 10 Mar 23, 1922 Iris Park, Barcelona, Spain
52 Win 41–9–2 Alphonse Rogiers PTS 10 Mar 15, 1922 Salle de Trocadero, Brussels, Belgium
51 Win 40–9–2 Jules Lenaers TKO 2 (15) Mar 3, 1922 Palais des Fêtes, Strasbourg, France
50 Win 39–9–2 Iter TKO 2 (?) Feb 2, 1922 Palais des Fêtes, Strasbourg, France
49 Win 38–9–2 Alphonse Rogiers PTS 12 Jan 17, 1922 Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
48 Win 37–9–2 Paul Journee PTS 15 Dec 3, 1921 Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, France
47 Win 36–9–2 Jean Leroi KO 2 (20) Oct 21, 1921 Magic City, Paris, France
46 Win 35–9–2 Jean Leroi TKO 2 (20) Oct 21, 1921 Magic City, Paris, France
45 Win 34–9–2 Battling Marcot TKO 5 (15) Oct 2, 1921 Arènes des Amidonniers, Toulouse, France
44 Win 33–9–2 Ercole De Balzac DQ 2 (20) Sep 21, 1921 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
43 Win 32–9–2 Constant Barrick PTS 10 Aug 21, 1921 Arènes du Rond-Point du Prado, Marseille, France
42 Win 31–9–2 Gabriel Pionnier TKO 7 (15) Jul 2, 1921 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
41 Win 30–9–2 Harry Reeve PTS 10 Jun 14, 1921 De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
40 Win 29–9–2 Jeff DePaus PTS 10 Apr 29, 1921 Antwerpen, Belgium
39 Win 28–9–2 Hugo Podzuhn TKO 10 (15) Mar 15, 1921 Sagebiel, Germany
38 Win 27–9–2 Giuseppe Spalla RTD 9 (15) Feb 25, 1921 Zirkus Busch, Mitte, Germany
37 Win 26–9–2 Bertus Ahaus PTS 10 Feb 5, 1921 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
36 Win 25–9–2 Herman Sjouwerman PTS 10 Jan 19, 1921 Paleis voor Volksvlijt, Amsterdam, Netherlands
35 Win 24–9–2 Hans Breitenstraeter PTS 15 Jan 14, 1921 Admiralspalast, Mitte, Germany
34 Win 23–9–2 Jeff DePaus PTS 10 Dec 4, 1920 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
33 Win 22–9–2 Nicol Simpson KO 1 (15) Oct 25, 1920 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
32 Loss 21–9–2 Tom Berry PTS 15 Aug 30, 1920 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
31 Win 21–8–2 Tom Berry PTS 10 Jun 17, 1920 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
30 Win 20–8–2 Willem Westbroek TKO 5 (10) Jun 4, 1920 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
29 Win 19–8–2 Daan Holtkamp KO 2 (10) Jun 27, 1920 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
28 Win 18–8–2 Bertus Ahaus PTS 10 June 13, 1920 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
27 Win 17–8–2 Jimmy Lyggett Sr. PTS 10 May 29, 1920 Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
26 Win 16–8–2 Willem Westbroek KO 7 (10) May 2, 1920 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
25 Win 15–8–2 Rene De Vos PTS 10 April 28, 1920 Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
24 Win 14–8–2 Jeff DePaus PTS 15 Apr 16, 1920 Antwerpen, Belgium
23 Win 13–8–2 Victor Marchand KO 8 (15) April 9, 1920 Nouveau Cirque, Paris, France
22 Win 12–8–2 Maurice Lefevre PTS 10 April 2, 1920 Nouveau Cirque, Paris, France
21 Win 11–8–2 Leon Derensy KO 3 (10) Mar 26, 1920 Nouveau Cirque, Paris, France
20 Win 10–8–2 Jean Audouy TKO 4 (?) Feb 16, 1920 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
19 Win 9–8–2 Billy Henrys PTS 12 Jan 12, 1920 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
18 Loss 8–8–2 Felix Leonard PTS 10 Dec 29, 1919 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
17 Win 8–7–2 Eugene Stuber TKO 2 (10) Dec 8, 1919 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
16 Win 7–7–2 Frank Roose DQ 9 (10) May 12, 1918 Arènes des Amidonniers, Toulouse, France
15 Loss 6–7–2 Eugene Tajan DQ 7 (?) July 12, 1914 Place Lamourguier, Narbonne, France
14 Loss 6–6–2 Jules Perroud PTS 10 June 20, 1914 Salle du Jardin Royal, Toulouse, France
13 Win 6–5–2 Jules Perroud DQ 8 (10) June 4, 1914 Salle du Jardin Royal, Toulouse, France
12 Win 5–5–2 Pierre Nicolas KO 2 (10) Feb 19, 1914 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
11 Loss 4–5–2 Jean Audouy PTS 10 Feb 7, 1914 Salle des Fêtes, Narbonne, France
10 Win 4–4–2 Frank Roose PTS 10 Jan 8, 1914 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
9 Win 3–4–2 Frank Roose PTS 10 Dec 16, 1913 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
8 Win 2–4–2 Georges Carr TKO 3 (?) Nov 29, 1913 Toulouse, France
7 Win 1–4–2 Georges Bert TKO 3 (?) May 18, 1913 Montreuil, France
6 Loss 0–4–2 Bill Henrys DQ 3 (?) May 3, 1913 Eldorado-Casino, Marseille, France
5 Loss 0–3–2 Francois Servat PTS 8 Mar 27, 1913 Comoedia-Cinéma, Marseille, France
4 Draw 0–2–2 Fernard Pratt PTS 8 Mar 13, 1912 Comoedia-Cinéma, Marseille, France
3 Draw 0–2–1 Mario Gall PTS 8 Dec 16, 1912 France
2 Loss 0–2 Jean Chayne TKO 2 (?) Oct 20, 1912 Stand Bènes, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France
1 Loss 0–1 Louis Maria RTD 2 (6) Oct 13, 1912 Stand du Pré-du-Lac, Châteauneuf-Grasse, France


Unofficial record[edit]

91 fights 61 wins 26 losses
By knockout 31 4
By decision 27 18
By disqualification 3 4
Draws 4

Record with the inclusion of newspaper decisions in the win/loss/draw column.

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
91 Loss 61–26–4 Lee Anderson PTS 12 Nov 13, 1925 104th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S
90 Loss 61–25–4 Billy Vidabeck NWS 10 Aug 18, 1925 Playgrounds Stadium, West New York, New Jersey, U.S
89 Loss 61–24–4 Joe Silvani DQ 8 (12) Aug 8, 1925 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S
88 Win 61–23–4 Jimmy Francis KO 2 (8) Jul 23, 1925 Playgrounds Stadium, West New York, New Jersey, U.S
87 Win 60–23–4 Chief Halbran KO 3 (12) Jul 10, 1925 Steeplechase A.A., Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S
86 Loss 59–23–4 Art Weigand PTS 6 Jun 25, 1925 Bison Stadium, Buffalo, New York, U.S
85 Loss 59–22–4 Paul Berlenbach TKO 10 (12) Mar 13, 1925 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S
84 Loss 59–21–4 Jack Burke PTS 12 Dec 4, 1924 Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S
83 Draw 59–20–4 Frank Kearns PTS 10 Nov 27, 1924 Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S
82 Loss 59–20–3 Tony Marullo PTS 12 Nov 14, 1924 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S
81 Win 59–19–3 Roscoe Hall TKO 6 (10) Nov 7, 1924 Passaic Armory, Passaic, New Jersey, U.S
80 Loss 58–19–3 Mike Conroy TKO 8 (10) Aug 20, 1924 Lorain, Ohio, U.S
79 Loss 58–18–3 Homer Smith PTS 10 Aug 11, 1924 Bison Stadium, Buffalo, New York, U.S
78 Win 58–17–3 Dixie Kid RTD 3 (10) Aug 4, 1924 Fair Grounds Arena, Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S Not to be confused with Dixie Kid
77 Loss 57–17–3 Sergeant Jack Lynch PTS 10 Aug 2, 1924 Clinton Oval, Woonsocket, Rhode Islan, U.S
76 Win 57–16–3 Blacksmith Russell KO 7 (10) Jul 18, 1924 Textile Field, Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S
75 Win 56–16–3 Ray Bennett NWS 12 Jul 11, 1924 Bellaire, Ohio, U.S
74 Loss 55–16–3 Tut Jackson PTS 10 Feb 14, 1924 Fort Hayes Arena, Columbus, Ohio, U.S
73 Win 55–15–3 Joe White PTS 10 Feb 8, 1924 Rochester, New York, U.S
72 Loss 54–15–3 Joe Lohman NWS 10 Jan 31, 1924 Kenwood Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S
71 Loss 54–14–3 Battling Owens PTS 15 Jan 21, 1924 Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S
70 Win 54–13–3 Young Norfolk PTS 8 Jan 14, 1924 Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S
69 Win 53–13–3 Tony Stabenau KO 2 (10) Jan 7, 1924 Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S
68 Loss 52–13–3 Jack Taylor PTS 10 Dec 25, 1923 Adelphia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S
67 Loss 52–12–3 Kid Norfolk PTS 15 Nov 20, 1923 Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S
66 Win 52–11–3 Gaston Marmouget KO 3 (12) Aug 5, 1923 Arènes du Bouscat, Bordeaux, France
65 Win 51–11–3 Marcel Nilles KO 2 (15) Jul 8, 1923 Stade Buffalo, Montrouge, France
64 Loss 50–11–3 Emile Morelle DQ 6 (20) Jun 16, 1923 Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, France
63 Loss 50–10–3 Mike McTigue PTS 20 Mar 17, 1923 La Scala Theatre, Dublin, Ireland Lost NBA and NYSAC light heavyweight-titles
62 Win 50–9–3 Georges Carpentier KO 6 (20) Sep 24, 1922 Stade Buffalo, Montrouge, France Won NBA, NYSAC, and IBU light-heavyweight titles;
Won IBU heavyweight title
61 Win 49–9–3 Harry Reeve TKO 6 (15) Jul 27, 1922 Marseille, France
60 Win 48–9–3 Hans Dressler TKO 5 (6) Jul 23, 1922 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
59 Win 47–9–3 Marcel Nilles PTS 15 Jun 23, 1922 Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, France
58 Draw 46–9–3 Harry Reeve PTS 10 May 19, 1922 Hippodrome-paleis, Antwerpen, Belgium
57 Win 46–9–2 Harry Reeve PTS 10 May 11, 1922 Theater Carré, Amsterdam, Netherlands
56 Win 45–9–2 Alfred Baker PTS 12 Apr 26, 1922 Frontón Condal, Barcelona, Spain
55 Win 44–9–2 Louis Piochelle PTS 12 Apr 16, 1922 Stade Municipal, Algiers, Algeria
54 Win 43–9–2 Martinus Vige TKO 6 (10) Mar 31, 1922 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
53 Win 42–9–2 Frank Hoche PTS 10 Mar 23, 1922 Iris Park, Barcelona, Spain
52 Win 41–9–2 Alphonse Rogiers PTS 10 Mar 15, 1922 Salle de Trocadero, Brussels, Belgium
51 Win 40–9–2 Jules Lenaers TKO 2 (15) Mar 3, 1922 Palais des Fêtes, Strasbourg, France
50 Win 39–9–2 Iter TKO 2 (?) Feb 2, 1922 Palais des Fêtes, Strasbourg, France
49 Win 38–9–2 Alphonse Rogiers PTS 12 Jan 17, 1922 Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
48 Win 37–9–2 Paul Journee PTS 15 Dec 3, 1921 Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, France
47 Win 36–9–2 Jean Leroi KO 2 (20) Oct 21, 1921 Magic City, Paris, France
46 Win 35–9–2 Jean Leroi TKO 2 (20) Oct 21, 1921 Magic City, Paris, France
45 Win 34–9–2 Battling Marcot TKO 5 (15) Oct 2, 1921 Arènes des Amidonniers, Toulouse, France
44 Win 33–9–2 Ercole De Balzac DQ 2 (20) Sep 21, 1921 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
43 Win 32–9–2 Constant Barrick PTS 10 Aug 21, 1921 Arènes du Rond-Point du Prado, Marseille, France
42 Win 31–9–2 Gabriel Pionnier TKO 7 (15) Jul 2, 1921 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
41 Win 30–9–2 Harry Reeve PTS 10 Jun 14, 1921 De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
40 Win 29–9–2 Jeff DePaus PTS 10 Apr 29, 1921 Antwerpen, Belgium
39 Win 28–9–2 Hugo Podzuhn TKO 10 (15) Mar 15, 1921 Sagebiel, Germany
38 Win 27–9–2 Giuseppe Spalla RTD 9 (15) Feb 25, 1921 Zirkus Busch, Mitte, Germany
37 Win 26–9–2 Bertus Ahaus PTS 10 Feb 5, 1921 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
36 Win 25–9–2 Herman Sjouwerman PTS 10 Jan 19, 1921 Paleis voor Volksvlijt, Amsterdam, Netherlands
35 Win 24–9–2 Hans Breitenstraeter PTS 15 Jan 14, 1921 Admiralspalast, Mitte, Germany
34 Win 23–9–2 Jeff DePaus PTS 10 Dec 4, 1920 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
33 Win 22–9–2 Nicol Simpson KO 1 (15) Oct 25, 1920 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
32 Loss 21–9–2 Tom Berry PTS 15 Aug 30, 1920 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
31 Win 21–8–2 Tom Berry PTS 10 Jun 17, 1920 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
30 Win 20–8–2 Willem Westbroek TKO 5 (10) Jun 4, 1920 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
29 Win 19–8–2 Daan Holtkamp KO 2 (10) Jun 27, 1920 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
28 Win 18–8–2 Bertus Ahaus PTS 10 June 13, 1920 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
27 Win 17–8–2 Jimmy Lyggett Sr. PTS 10 May 29, 1920 Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
26 Win 16–8–2 Willem Westbroek KO 7 (10) May 2, 1920 Circus Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
25 Win 15–8–2 Rene De Vos PTS 10 April 28, 1920 Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
24 Win 14–8–2 Jeff DePaus PTS 15 Apr 16, 1920 Antwerpen, Belgium
23 Win 13–8–2 Victor Marchand KO 8 (15) April 9, 1920 Nouveau Cirque, Paris, France
22 Win 12–8–2 Maurice Lefevre PTS 10 April 2, 1920 Nouveau Cirque, Paris, France
21 Win 11–8–2 Leon Derensy KO 3 (10) Mar 26, 1920 Nouveau Cirque, Paris, France
20 Win 10–8–2 Jean Audouy TKO 4 (?) Feb 16, 1920 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
19 Win 9–8–2 Billy Henrys PTS 12 Jan 12, 1920 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
18 Loss 8–8–2 Felix Leonard PTS 10 Dec 29, 1919 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
17 Win 8–7–2 Eugene Stuber TKO 2 (10) Dec 8, 1919 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
16 Win 7–7–2 Frank Roose DQ 9 (10) May 12, 1918 Arènes des Amidonniers, Toulouse, France
15 Loss 6–7–2 Eugene Tajan DQ 7 (?) July 12, 1914 Place Lamourguier, Narbonne, France
14 Loss 6–6–2 Jules Perroud PTS 10 June 20, 1914 Salle du Jardin Royal, Toulouse, France
13 Win 6–5–2 Jules Perroud DQ 8 (10) June 4, 1914 Salle du Jardin Royal, Toulouse, France
12 Win 5–5–2 Pierre Nicolas KO 2 (10) Feb 19, 1914 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
11 Loss 4–5–2 Jean Audouy PTS 10 Feb 7, 1914 Salle des Fêtes, Narbonne, France
10 Win 4–4–2 Frank Roose PTS 10 Jan 8, 1914 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
9 Win 3–4–2 Frank Roose PTS 10 Dec 16, 1913 Théâtre des Nouveautés, Toulouse, France
8 Win 2–4–2 Georges Carr TKO 3 (?) Nov 29, 1913 Toulouse, France
7 Win 1–4–2 Georges Bert TKO 3 (?) May 18, 1913 Montreuil, France
6 Loss 0–4–2 Bill Henrys DQ 3 (?) May 3, 1913 Eldorado-Casino, Marseille, France
5 Loss 0–3–2 Francois Servat PTS 8 Mar 27, 1913 Comoedia-Cinéma, Marseille, France
4 Draw 0–2–2 Fernard Pratt PTS 8 Mar 13, 1912 Comoedia-Cinéma, Marseille, France
3 Draw 0–2–1 Mario Gall PTS 8 Dec 16, 1912 France
2 Loss 0–2 Jean Chayne TKO 2 (?) Oct 20, 1912 Stand Bènes, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France
1 Loss 0–1 Louis Maria RTD 2 (6) Oct 13, 1912 Stand du Pré-du-Lac, Châteauneuf-Grasse, France

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lardener, John "Who Shot Battling Siki? The Life And Murder Of A Prizefighter", Deadspin, June 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Benson, Peter, "Battling Siki: A Tale of Ring Fixes, Race, and Murder in the 1920s", p. 140.
  3. ^ ESPN - McTigue a part of St. Patrick's Day folklore - Boxing at sports.espn.go.com
  4. ^ "BATTLING SIKI WEDS WHITE WOMAN HERE: Paris Friends of Senegalese Say Prizefighter Is Already Married to Dutch Girl", The New York Times, 24 July 1924.
  5. ^ "BATTLING SIKI SHOT DEAD IN THE STREET: Negro Pugilist Who Knocked Out Carpentier Murdered From Behind When Intoxicated. TWO BULLETS IN HIS BODY". The New York Times. May 26, 1925.
  6. ^ a b c Oreskes, Michael (August 7, 1976). "A Crown for an Ex-Champ: Dead Fighter Honored After 50 Years". Daily News.
  7. ^ Anderson, Dave (March 28, 1993). "Sports of The Times; Battling Siki Finally on His Way Back Home". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Martine, James J. (September 1971). "Hemingway's "Fifty Grand": The Other Fight(s)". Journal of Modern Literature. 2 (1): 123–127. JSTOR 30053179. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  9. ^ "BoxRec: Battling Siki".
  • Benson, Peter (2006). Battling Siki:A Tale of Ring Fixes, Race and Murder in the 1920s. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 1-55728-888-7.
  • Bregstein, Philo (1999). Herinnering aan Joods Amsterdam. Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij. ISBN 90-234-3390-4.

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Preceded by World Light Heavyweight Champion
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