Joe Lewis v Greg Baines 17 JAN 1970

April 1 2015 at 6:32 PM
Nick Clarke  (Login pathfinder73)

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In late 1969 promoter Lee Faulkner contacted Joe Lewis to fight in his upcoming United States Karate Championships. Lewis had retired from point fighting at the time but agreed to fight if Faulkner would promote a full-contact karate bout with Lewis and an opponent who would fight to the knockout. Faulkner agreed. As Lewis and Greg Baines entered the ring wearing boxing gloves the announcer identified the fighters as "kickboxers". That night Joe Lewis won the first-ever kickboxing bout in North America on January 17, 1970 with a second round knockout over Greg Baines.

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  • Re:Joe Lewis v Greg Baines 17 JAN 1970 - rockfish on Apr 1, 2015, 6:45 PM
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