1908-06-04 (158lbs) Stanley Ketchel w pts 10 Billy Papke, The Hippodrome, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
1908-06-04 (158lbs) Stanley Ketchel w pts 10 Billy Papke, The Hippodrome, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Referee: Jack McGuigan. Recognised by the Chicago Tribune as the first championship battle for close on six years, with both men inside 158lbs, this should now be accepted as being for the vacant title. In what was a tremendous slugging match, it was judged that Ketchel landed two blows for one of Papke’s, the fight said to be the most furious seen in the region. There were two clean knockdowns scored, Ketchel getting home in the first round with a right to the jaw that put Papke on his knees and the latter doing likewise with a left hook to the chin in the fourth. Ketchel’s favourite blow was one he called the shift as it had the appearance of landing in a certain area before changing direction. Papke dreaded it after the first round knockdown, covering up like a turtle every time Ketchel was getting set. Another danger blow was the short left uppercut delivered at close quarters by Ketchel, who was relentless in his pursuit of Papke.