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On This Day: Harry Greb dishes out one of boxing history’s most savage beatings

Harry Greb outclassed and handed New York's idol Gene Tunney his only defeat on May 22, 1922
Harry Greb

FRIDAY the thirteenth proved unlucky for old Battling Levinsky that cold January night in 1922. The veteran, having lost his world heavyweight title to Georges Carpentier, was trying to get back on top again.

Reviving the American championship, Promoter Tex Rickard put the Battler in with young Gene Tunney at the old Madison Square Garden and promised a diamond-studded belt to the winner.

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