1908-07-31 (158lbs) Stanley Ketchel w co 3 (20) Hugo Kelly, The Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USA

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1908-07-31 (158lbs) Stanley Ketchel w co 3 (20) Hugo Kelly, The Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Jack Welch. With both men inside 158lbs, the San Francisco Chronicle said: “Just one punch snuffed out Kelly’s title aspirations for good”. Despite having done well in the opening two sessions, Kelly was counted out in the third following a terrific left hook to the jaw which dropped him in a heap.

In his next fight, on 18 August, Ketchel knocked out Joe Thomas inside two rounds at the Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco. Initially thought to be a world title bout, with Ketchel weighing 168lbs to Thomas’ 172 it should not be accepted as one.