Discretion being the better part of valor, it would be wise of me not to get in the middle of this, but I don't feel wise today, so, The film clearly shows that Sharkey was not wearing his trunks high in his fight with Dempsey, which seems to me is all that is relevant concerning the fight with Dempsey. A newspaper claiming otherwise only shows that the newspaper was biased. I go by my own eyes on this sort of issue when film is available and the best evidence. As for Carpentier being considered an ATG, he was by some over the decades, but this seems to me to be an irrelevant issue concerning how he was viewed in 1921 when the fight was made and staged. He was clearly considered one of the outstanding fighters in the world and a worthy challenger. Off newspaper articles, he went in a 2 to 1 underdog, less of an underdog to Dempsey than Conn was to Louis or Moore to Marciano. Whether Carpentier should be viewed as an ATG from the vantage point of the 21st century is a separate issue. What matters is he had a record which was viewed as outstanding when he stepped into the ring with Dempsey. It is worthy of note that the relatively close odds between Carpentier and Dempsey versus Conn-Louis or Moore-Marciano might be due less to Carpentier having a better rep going in than Conn or Moore than to Dempsey having a lesser rep in 1921 than Louis or Marciano. This is a subject worthy of debate, though. I have watched a lot of film over the last few days of Carpentier. I can't think of any non-heavyweight champion prior to 1950 who was filmed anything like this much. It contrasts with no surviving film at all of Greb. On you-tube they have Carpentier with Klaus, Papke, Beckett (2), Grundhoven, D Smith, Cook, Nilles, Lewis, Dempsey, Siki, and Tunney. The guy had a great right both as a cross and as an uppercut which was capable of taking a man out with one punch. An issue I would raise is was this a no-decision fight? The prelims which went the distance were newspaper decisions. If so, Carpentier because of his punch, had a much better chance of upsetting Dempsey than Greb, or Gibbons, would have. It is a stretch to imagine either knocking Dempsey out. Carpentier? Well, he was on paper at least as dangerous a puncher as Jim Flynn who had flattened Dempsey in the first.