1909-07-05 (158lbs) Stanley Ketchel w pts 20 Billy Papke, Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco, California, USA

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1909-07-05 (158lbs) Stanley Ketchel w pts 20 Billy Papke, Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Billy Roche. Billed for the championship at 158lbs, it was a poor fight with limited action and afterwards Ketchel blamed his performance on breaking his right hand early on. The truth of the matter was that Papke had found a way of negating Ketchel’s power by staying close and, at the same time, being able to get his own blows off.

Having had his crack at Jack Johnson for the heavyweight crown, in January 1910 it was announced that Ketchel was relinquishing the title due to increased weight. On hearing the news it was no surprise that Papke, who was campaigning abroad, claimed the crown.