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Stanley Ketchel

W L D
51 4 4
48 KOs 2 KOs
last 6


bouts 60
rounds 500
KOs 75%
 
global ID 9028
birth nameStanislaus Kiecal
aliasThe Michigan Assassin
born 1886-09-14
death date1910-10-15 / age 24
debut1903-05-02 / age 16
divisionmiddleweight
height5′ 9″   /   175cm
residence
Butte, Montana, USA
birth place
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

newspaper decisions
bouts rounds won lost drawn
64 28 2 1 1

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1910-06-10
Jim Smith5 3 0
National S.C., New York, New York, USA
W KO5/10
 W  
KO
5/10
  
Ketchel rushed and hammered Smith all over the ring, cuffing him with lefts and rights. Ketchel used little defense, relying on the sledge-hammer blows that he could deal out with either fist. An overhand right flashed through Smith's defense and finished him. Laughing with joy over his win, Ketchel waved to the roaring crowd, hopped over the ropes, and left the ring, never to return.
Four months later he was murdered.
1910-05-27
156Willie Lewis15446 6 4
National S.C., New York, New York, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
1910-05-17
Porky Dan Flynn12 3 3
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO3/12
 W  
KO
3/12
  
According to the Boston Globe, Ketchel showed great speed and hitting power to knock out Flynn.
1910-04-27
Sam Langford58 6 18
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LNWS6/6
 L 
NWS
6/6
  
"Ketchel and Langford will have to fight again to settle the question of supremacy. They went a hard six-round bout at the National athletic club here and were both on their feet, able to continue, with plenty of strength and aggressiveness when the battle ended, with no decision by the referee. No knockdowns were scored in spite of the terrific hitting power of both men, and while there seems to be no doubt that they tried to do their best , they will probably come together in a longer fight in California next July for a large purse."(Marion Daily Star) Using a poll of 13 NY and Philadelphia newspapers, 7 had Langford ahead, 4 Ketchel, and 2 had it a draw. Thus, the mark of a Langford newspaper win.
1910-03-23
159½Frank Klaus15717 1 1
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
DNWS6/6
 D 
NWS
6/6
  
referee: Jack McGuigan
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1909-10-16
170¼Jack Johnson205½36 5 7
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USA
LKO12/20
 L 
KO
12/20
  
referee: Jack Welsh
World Heavyweight Title
1909-07-05
Billy Papke26 2 5
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USA
W UD20/20
 W  
UD
20/20
  
World Middleweight Title
1909-06-09
Philadelphia Jack O'Brien91 6 14
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W TKO3/6
 W  
TKO
3/6
  
Result from the Philadelphia Item. Ketchel overwhelmed the aging O'Brien.
1909-06-02
Tony Caponi16 8 16
American A.C., Schenectady, New York, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
1909-05-18
Hugh McGann3 5 1
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
referee: Jimmy Dime
Ketchel "had things his own way in his six-round bout with Hugh McGann, who was knocked down for a count of nine seconds six times." (Mansfield News)
1909-03-26
160Philadelphia Jack O'Brien16091 6 14
National A.C., New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Tim Hurst
1908-11-26
Billy Papke25 1 4
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USA
W KO11/20
 W  
KO
11/20
  
World Middleweight Title
1908-09-07
Billy Papke24 1 4
Jeffries' Arena, Vernon, California, USA
LTKO12/25
 L 
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
Joe Thomas13 5 4
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USA
W TKO2/20
 W  
TKO
2/20
  
1908-07-31
Hugo Kelly30 7 20
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USA
W KO3/20
 W  
KO
3/20
  
time: 0:25   referee: Jack Welsh
World Middleweight Title
Both under 158 at 6 pm
1908-06-04
Billy Papke22 0 4
Hippodrome, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
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.
1908-05-09
Jack Twin Sullivan37 9 28
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USA
W KO20/35
 W  
KO
20/35
  
Ketchell defends his claim as World Middleweight champion
1908-02-22
154Mike Twin Sullivan15020 3 13
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USA
W KO1/25
 W  
KO
1/25
  
time: 1:18   referee: Billy Roche
Ketchell defended his claim as World Middleweight champion
1907-12-12
Joe Thomas13 4 4
Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, USA
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
Ketchell claims World Middleweight title
1907-09-02
Joe Thomas13 3 4
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USA
W KO32/45
 W  
KO
32/45
  
referee: Billy Roche
Ketchel claimed the World Welterweight Title after this bout, although bout held at 150 pounds
Ketchel's glove split and replaced in the 13th; Thomas down in 16th; Ketchel down in 27th
1907-07-04
147Joe Thomas16013 3 3
Marysville, California, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Eddie Smith
1907-05-23
George Brown7 2 2
Sacramento, California, USA
W KO2/20
 W  
KO
2/20
  
1907-05-03
Benny Hart5 3 3
Marysville, California, USA
W KO8/0
 W  
KO
8/0
  
1907-03-23
Mike McClure4 3 3
Redding, California, USA
W KO7/0
 W  
KO
7/0
  
1906-09-10
Kid Foley3 4 5
Miles City, Montana, USA
W KO11/0
 W  
KO
11/0
  
1906-08-29
Kid Fredericks30 5 12
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO7/0
 W  
KO
7/0
  
1906-06-16
Kid Lee6 6 0
Helena, Montana, USA
W KO17/0
 W  
KO
17/0
  
1906-05-18
Mike Tierney0 1 0
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO7/0
 W  
KO
7/0
  
1906-05-11
Paddy Halldebut
Gregson Hot Springs, Montana, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
The Butte Miner reported this fight was staged as a feature of the resort's grand opening program.
1906-03-19
Warren Zurbrick13 2 2
Grand Opera House, Great Falls, Montana, USA
NND2/20
 N 
ND
2/20
  
Ketchel hit Zurbrick low and was counted out. "A decision rendered by two judges, who had been appointed to decide close decisions, if any arose during the bout and the referee was that a no decision should be given, that all bets be declared off and that the purse should be equally divided between the men." The Anaconda Standard as told to Buffalo Express
1906-02-12
Montana Jack Sullivan0 0 1
Butte, Montana, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
1905-12-24
Kid Foley3 3 5
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO4/0
 W  
KO
4/0
  
1905-12-19
Jerry McCarthy19 6 10
Great Falls, Montana, USA
W KO11/0
 W  
KO
11/0
  
1905-12-16
Jack Bennett0 3 0
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO5/0
 W  
KO
5/0
  
1905-12-02
Marysville Kiddebut
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
1905-12-01
Jerry McCarthy19 5 10
Great Falls, Montana, USA
W TKO12/20
 W  
TKO
12/20
  
1905-09-14
Bob Sennate0 1 0
Miles City, Montana, USA
W KO11/0
 W  
KO
11/0
  
1905-07-19
Roy Hartdebut
Opera House, Miles City, Montana, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1905-07-15
Bob Sennatedebut
Miles City, Montana, USA
W KO17/0
 W  
KO
17/0
  
1905-07-04
Peter Kelly0 4 5
Miles City, Montana, USA
W KO8/0
 W  
KO
8/0
  
1905-06-16
Kid Lee6 5 0
Helena, Montana, USA
W TKO17/20
 W  
TKO
17/20
  
1905-06-13
Kid Pecordebut
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO5/0
 W  
KO
5/0
  
1905-06-04
Curley Ruedebut
Gregson Springs, Montana, USA
W KO11/0
 W  
KO
11/0
  
1905-05-18
Sid LaFontise1 1 2
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO7/0
 W  
KO
7/0
  
1905-04-19
Rudolph Hinz1 0 0
Miles City, Montana, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
1905-03-25
Sid LaFontise1 0 2
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO24/0
 W  
KO
24/0
  
1905-01-20
Jack Bennett0 2 0
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO5/0
 W  
KO
5/0
  
1905-01-04
Kid Thomas18 16 3
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
1904-12-29
Maurice Thompson13 0 6
Butte, Montana, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
1904-12-16
Jack Grimesdebut
Union Hall, Butte, Montana, USA
W TKO10/20
 W  
TKO
10/20
  
referee: Mose LaFontise
Grimes, outweighed by about 15 pounds, was down 15 times
1904-12-08
Kid Herrick38 15 29
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO7/0
 W  
KO
7/0
  
Most publications give this date, not 1905. (Heading into this fight Herrick's record was reported to be 37-11-21, with 4 ND (KO 14)).
1904-11-10
Joe Mudrodebut
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO4/0
 W  
KO
4/0
  
1904-11-08
Kid Lee3 3 0
Lewistown, Montana, USA
W KO8/0
 W  
KO
8/0
  
1904-10-29
Jimmy Kelly7 8 6
Miles City, Montana, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1904-10-21
Maurice Thompson7 0 6
Butte, Montana, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1904-10-15
Bob Merrywell0 1 0
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
1904-09-15
Jimmy Murraydebut
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
1904-09-05
Bob Merrywelldebut
Montana A.C., Butte, Montana, USA
W KO4/0
 W  
KO
4/0
  
1904-07-17
Johnny Gilsey0 1 0
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO4/0
 W  
KO
4/0
  
1904-07-15
Kid Leroydebut
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1904-07-07
Jim Kid McGuire1 3 0
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1904-06-20
Jimmy Quinndebut
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
1904-05-11
Maurice Thompson2 0 5
Broadway Theater, Butte, Montana, USA
LPTS6/6
 L 
PTS
6/6
  
referee: Duncan McDonald
1903-05-02
Kid Tracydebut
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
W
Win
L
Loss
D
Draw
N
No Contest
S
Scheduled/Pending
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