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Battling Siki – The First World Boxing Champion From Africa

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Battling Siki – The First World Boxing Champion From Africa

Louis Mbarick Fall was born in the port city of Saint-Louis, Senegal. While still a teenager, he changed his name to Siki. By the age of 15, he began his professional boxing career.

When World War I erupted, Siki joined the French army. During the war he was decorated for bravery before being honorably discharged.

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, France, on September 24, 1922.
Siki won by a 6th round KO.

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 his belt by decision.

Siki moved to the United States in 1923.

On December 15, 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. 👑🐐🥊

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