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Battling Siki

This is Battling Siki from Senegal, World Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion, with his sparring partner, Frenchman Eugene Stuber. Siki (real name Louis Mbarick Fall) was in Dublin to fight "Bold" Mike McTigue (aka "Methuselah") who hailed from Kilnamona, Co. Clare. The two men are pictured outside the Claremont Hotel, Howth, Co. Dublin.

The fight was on Saturday, 17 March 1923 (St. Patrick’s Day) at La Scala Theatre, Dublin. McTigue won on points.

Irish Times reporting on Monday 19 March was a little sniffy about the quality of the boxing:
"There was an almost total absence of those thrills and exciting incidents one is wont to associate with contests of such importance. Indeed, there was monotonous similarity about the majority of the twenty rounds; one man, Siki, doing all the leading – without, however, inflicting much damage – and the other boxing on the retreat. The black’s bustling tactics were in striking contrast to those of his opponent, who, for the most part, met the fierce onsloughts [sic] of the burly Senegalese with amazing sang froid, and McTigue’s wonderful defence and dexterity in avoiding punishment were object lessons in themselves."

Date: March 1923

NLI Ref.: HOG212

HD – Iron Mike Tyson Title Fight Vs Trevor Berbick – Heavyweight Boxing

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