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Billy Papke

W L D
37 11 5
31 KOs 1 KOs
last 6


bouts 53
rounds 415
KOs 49%
 
global ID 11714
birth nameWilliam H. Papke
aliasThe Illinois Thunderbolt
born 1886-09-17
death date1936-11-26 / age 50
debut1906-03-24 / age 19
divisionmiddleweight
height5′ 9″   /   175cm
residence
USA
birth place
Spring Valley, Illinois, USA

newspaper decisions
bouts rounds won lost drawn
63 80 3 6 1

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1919-05-14
Jimmy Darcy27 18 24
Dreamland Arena, San Diego, California, USA
LPTS4/4
 L 
PTS
4/4
  
1919-04-08
Soldier Bartfield33 4 0
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USA
LPTS4/4
 L 
PTS
4/4
  
1916-06-01
161Jack Smith1571 0 0
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
"Papke's first ring engagement in more than four years." (New York Times)
1913-10-14
Marty Rowan3 2 2
Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
LPTS8/8
 L 
PTS
8/8
  
Changed result to newspaper loss based on wire reports in next day's newspapers. Fight went a tame eight rounds. This was a referees decision, not a ND bout, as per the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
1913-03-05
158¾Frank Klaus158½31 3 2
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, France
LDQ15/20
 L 
DQ
15/20
  
World Middleweight Title
1912-12-04
Georges Bernard10 4 3
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, France
W TKO7/20
 W  
TKO
7/20
  
Papke defends his claim as World Middleweight champion. Bernard did not answer the bell for round seven.
1912-10-23
160¼Georges Carpentier159¼57 9 5
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, France
W TKO18/20
 W  
TKO
18/20
  
Papke defended his claim as World Middleweight champion. Carpentier suffered a deep cut over his right eye in the 17th round and "blood positively rushed down the lad's face..(Carpentier's manager,) Descamps prevailed upon his plucky colt to forebear. Thus it was that, although the gong rang out for the 18th rd., it was but the signal for Carpentier to acknowledge defeat." (Boxing, November 2, 1912, page 17)
1912-09-27
Leo Houck20 6 3
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LNWS6/6
 L 
NWS
6/6
  
Newspaper decisions from both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record favored Houck as winner.
1912-09-25
165Jack Denning162½3 2 0
St. Nicholas Rink, New York, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
(New York Times)
1912-06-29
Marcel Moreau22 3 0
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, France
W TKO16/20
 W  
TKO
16/20
  
Papke defended his claim as World Middleweight champion. He was knocked down in the first round. Moreau was down in round eight and twice in round fifteen, and could not answer the bell for the sixteenth.
1912-05-02
163¼Billy Leitch163¼debut
New Amsterdam Opera House, New York, New York, USA
W TKO2/10
 W  
TKO
2/10
  
referee: Patsy Haley
This was a promotion of the National S.C.
1912-02-22
Frank Mantell28 8 13
Sacramento, California, USA
LPTS20/20
 L 
PTS
20/20
  
Mantell claimed the World Middleweight title
Papke continued to claim the title because he failed to make the weight for Mantell.
1911-10-31
Bob Moha8 1 3
Arena (Armory A.A.), Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
1911-08-22
160Sailor Burke16522 7 0
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
Papke defended his claim as World Middleweight champion
Burke outfought Papke and though he did not show any science he battered him at will. Among those at ringside was the Marquis of Queensbury who was writing a descriptive story for the newspapers. (Indianapolis Star) Newspaper decision from the New York Times, which reported Burke as the winner. This was a promotion of the 20th Century A.C.
1911-06-08
Jim Sullivan14 3 3
The Palladium, London, United Kingdom
W KO9/20
 W  
KO
9/20
  
Billed for British version of World Middleweight title
1911-03-11
Dave Smith161½14 0 1
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W TKO7/20
 W  
TKO
7/20
  
Smith led through six rounds, but went down three times before his corner threw in the towel. Fought at 165 pounds and Papke refused to get on the scales because he was overweight and paid a forfeit. He looked a stone heavier than Smith.
1911-02-11
Cyclone Johnny Thompson36 20 9
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
LPTS20/20
 L 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Snowy Baker
Thompson claimed World Middleweight Title
1910-12-26
Dave Smith11 0 1
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
LDQ10/20
 L 
DQ
10/20
  
Both weighed in under the stipulated 165 pounds for the contest and Papke looked half a stone heavier. Actual weights not announced.
1910-10-26
160Ed Williams15816 14 1
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W TKO6/20
 W  
TKO
6/20
  
World Middleweight Title (Australian version)
Williams down in the fifth and down twice in the sixth before his corner threw in the towel.
1910-06-21
Jack Twin Sullivan40 14 30
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
referee: Maffitt Flaherty
From the Boston Herald and Boston Journal. Papke was an easy winner. Sullivan floored in sixth from a body blow, claiming a foul.
1910-06-14
Al Goodaledebut
Hippodrome, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
W DQ2/10
 W  
DQ
2/10
  
Oregonian
1910-05-19
Joe Thomas18 9 5
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
W KO16/20
 W  
KO
16/20
  
referee: Jack Welsh
"Papke Wins Rawest Frameup in Years" SF Call
1910-03-19
Willie Lewis46 5 3
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, France
W KO3/15
 W  
KO
3/15
  
Thinking Stanley Ketchel had relinquished the middleweight title, Papke claimed it after his victory.
1909-11-11
Frank Klaus15 1 1
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
LNWS6/6
 L 
NWS
6/6
  
referee: Jack Dillon
The Pittsburgh Post gave it to Klaus, and by a decisive margin. The Philadelphia Item also reported Klaus as the winner. The Pittsburgh Press and Pittsburgh Gazette-Times (using the same written article) had Klaus a clear winner by a margin of 5 rounds to 1.
1909-10-08
Willie Lewis42 5 2
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
"Papke was easily given the public's favorable verdict." (Indianapolis Star) According to the Pittsburgh Post, Lewis received a licking.
1909-07-14
165Fireman Jim Flynn17034 11 14
Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Charles Eyton
The Los Angeles Times had Papke a clear winner. The Los Angeles Herald called it a draw "verdict" with 4 rounds for Flynn 4 for Papke and 2 even, but conceded that Flynn earned it by a whisker. UP had Flynn the winner.
1909-07-05
Stanley Ketchel47 3 4
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USA
LUD20/20
 L 
UD
20/20
  
World Middleweight Title
1909-05-15
Hugo Kelly31 8 21
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USA
W KO1/45
 W  
KO
1/45
  
time: 1:30
"Papke had won when he landed his first clean to Kelly's right and left jaw. Kelly staid down until the count of nine and then rose, but without enough vitality to resist Papke's finishing punches. Prior to this Papke shot a viciuos left hook to the temple, cutting a gash above Kelly's right eye. At this point Kelly appeared to weaken, but Papke rushed, shooting vicious blows into his mid section which sent Kelly down and out." (Associated Press)
1909-03-19
159Fireman Jim Flynn16734 11 14
McCarey's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Charles Eyton
1908-12-15
Hugo Kelly30 8 20
Jeffries' Arena, Vernon, California, USA
DPTS25/25
 D 
PTS
25/25
  
James J. Jeffries was the referee for this fight.
1908-11-26
Stanley Ketchel44 3 4
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USA
LKO11/20
 L 
KO
11/20
  
World Middleweight Title
1908-09-07
Stanley Ketchel44 2 4
Jeffries' Arena, Vernon, California, USA
W TKO12/25
 W  
TKO
12/25
  
referee: James J. Jeffries
World Middleweight Title The long held myth that Ketchel was hit with a "sucker punch" by Papke before the start of the fight has been discredited. There is nothing in any of the next-day fight reports or interviews with the principles, their corners or their supporters that suggests such an incident happened.
1908-08-18
Sailor Burke14 1 0
National A.C., New York, New York, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
"Although no verdict could be handed down, Papke's lead at the end was too clear to make any decision necessary." (Decatur Daily Review) Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
1908-08-13
Frank Mantell13 2 6
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W TKO1/6
 W  
TKO
1/6
  
This was the second fight for Papke on this date, following the quick ending of his fight with Johnny Carroll.
1908-08-13
Johnny Carroll4 3 1
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W TKO2/6
 W  
TKO
2/6
  
The referee stopped the bout. This was the first of two fights for Papke on this date. After defeating Carroll, he took on Frank Mantell.
1908-06-04
Stanley Ketchel41 2 4
Hippodrome, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Jack McGuigan
World Middleweight Title
Both fighters under 154 at 3 pm. Ringsiders included Abe Attell, Joe Gans, Jimmy Coffroth, Packy McFarland, and others.
1908-03-16
157Hugo Kelly15129 6 20
Hippodrome, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
Billed World & American 158lbs Middleweight Title
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005
1908-01-21
Walter Stanton3 0 1
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W TKO4/12
 W  
TKO
4/12
  
1907-12-30
154Hugo Kelly15129 6 19
Schlitz Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
Billed American 154lbs Middleweight Title
According to the Milwaukee Free-Press, Papke should have received the decision
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005
1907-11-22
Bartley Connolly3 4 10
Winnisimmet A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
This was the second of Papke's two fights on this date.
1907-11-22
Charlie Haghey18 13 7
Winnisimmet A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
W TKO1/10
 W  
TKO
1/10
  
This was the first two fights for Papke on this date. After the quick ending of his fight with Haghey, he took on Bartley Connolly.
1907-11-14
Tony Caponi16 7 16
Peoria A.C., Peoria, Illinois, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
1907-11-09
Pat O'Keefe6 9 1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
1907-10-30
Cy Flynn25 6 8
Pavillion, Brazil, Indiana, USA
W TKO3/10
 W  
TKO
3/10
  
"Manager Maurice Collins threw up the sponge" Buffalo Express
1907-09-14
Terry Martin33 8 2
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO3/6
 W  
KO
3/6
  
Result from the Philadelphia Item.
1907-09-02
154Tommy Sullivan15414 3 4
Glen Forest Park, Methuen, Massachusetts, USA
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
referee: Maffitt Flaherty
1907-06-20
Tony Caponi15 7 15
Spring Valley, Illinois, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Malachy Hogan
Pre-arranged draw if both men were standing after ten rounds. Papke won every round by a shade except for the eighth, which was clearly Caponi's." (The Daily Review, Decatur, IL)
1907-06-14
Foster Walker3 3 0
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
1907-06-06
Jack Morgan10 1 0
Peoria, Illinois, USA
W KO7/10
 W  
KO
7/10
  
Morgan down twice in the 7th, the second time for the count.
1907-05-21
Tony Caponi15 7 14
Davenport A.C., Davenport, Iowa, USA
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
1907-04-30
Johnny Carroll3 1 1
Peoria A.C., Peoria, Illinois, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
1907-03-26
Billy Rhodes7 2 3
Davenport A.C., Davenport, Iowa, USA
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
referee: Doc Krone
1907-03-06
Billy Rhodes7 1 3
Peoria A.C., Peoria, Illinois, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1907-02-14
Carl Anderson0 1 0
Spring Valley A.C., Spring Valley, Illinois, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 0:30   referee: Doc Krone
1907-01-29
Dick Fitzpatrick10 8 10
Peoria A.C., Peoria, Illinois, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1907-01-15
Tommy Wallace6 10 1
Riverside A.C., Peoria, Illinois, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
3rd round KO according to The Daily Review (Decatur, IL)
1906-12-17
Kid Farmer25 5 5
Riverside A.C., Peoria, Illinois, USA
W KO6/10
 W  
KO
6/10
  
Papke at least fifteen pounds heavier than Farmer and it was this strength that defeated Farmer. Farmer down twice in the sixth round and took the count.
1906-11-27
Milt Kinney5 3 1
Peoria A.C., Peoria, Illinois, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
1906-07-04
Carl Purdydebut
La Salle, Illinois, USA
W TKO7/10
 W  
TKO
7/10
  
Previously listed as ten-round decision win. "He battled with Carl Purdy, winning after seven rounds of hard fighting." Source: Syracuse Herald 08/25/1911
1906-06-01
Jack Dennydebut
Peru, Illinois, USA
W KO1/6
 W  
KO
1/6
  
1906-05-30
Buster Teegandebut
Turn Hall, La Salle, Illinois, USA
W KO3/6
 W  
KO
3/6
  
Fought at 152lbs. "They were fighting in a hurricane mixup in a neutral corner when Papkesmashed three lightning-like blows to Teegans's stomach which doubled himup and put him down for the count." Source: La Salle Daily Tribune
1906-04-30
Red Morrisey0 1 0
Jones's Club, La Salle, Illinois, USA
W KO3/4
 W  
KO
3/4
  
1906-03-24
Mexican Wonderdebut
La Salle, Illinois, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Papke's pro debut. He won $5 for his efforts. Syracuse Herald 08/25/1911
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