1910-05-27 (158lbs) Stanley Ketchel nd-w rsc 2 (10) Willie Lewis, National AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA
1910-05-27 (158lbs) Stanley Ketchel nd-w rsc 2 (10) Willie Lewis, National AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Tom O’Rourke. In what was effectively a title defence for Ketchel (158), the fight was concluded after Lewis (148) had been dropped heavily by a crashing right to the jaw. Having reached the count of ‘five’ the referee called for Lewis’ seconds to start administering aid to their stricken fighter.
On 15 October, the boxing world was shocked to hear that Ketchel had been murdered and once again the middleweight division was thrown into disarray. The TS Andrews’ Annual tells us that the men who served up notice of intent at that time included Billy Papke, Hugo Kelly, Jack Twin Sullivan and Sam Langford.
Langford filed a claim with all the major boxing papers for the world 158lbs title, which was restated in February 1911, but with Papke and the others not interested in taking the bait he concentrated on the heavier men from then on.