History | Oct 28 2018

On This Day: ‘The Orchid Man’ Georges Carpentier passes away at the age of 81

Daniel Herbert looks back on the magnificent life and career of Georges Carpentier
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GEORGES CARPENTIER, known as “The Orchid Man”, came from a different era. In order to take his first paid fight, aged just 13, he walked 100 miles to Paris and won a four-round decision.

Even now, many years after his death at the age of 81, Carpentier remains France’s biggest boxing idol, jointly with the ill-fated Marcel Cerdan. His achievements fully justify that exalted status.

He boxed in every division then extant, from flyweight up to heavy, and possessed a devastating right hand, which he landed with great speed. He also had what Boxing News called “debonair good looks and suave charm”, which contributed greatly to his popularity at a time when boxers were often considered brutes.

 

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