1912-10-23 (160lbs) Billy Papke w rtd 18 (20) Georges Carpentier, The Circus, Paris, France
1912-10-23 (160lbs) Billy Papke w rtd 18 (20) Georges Carpentier, The Circus, Paris, France. Billed for the title at 160lbs, although Papke (161) was over the weight, while Carpentier (160) weighed in spot on the mark, the fight went ahead with the American paying £200 forfeit. Realising his best chance for victory was an early win, Carpentier went for Papke before realising he would be unable to knock the teak-tough American out. Allowed to get away with holding and hitting tactics on the inside, Papke began to wear down the Frenchman, whose right eye was closed by the end of the eighth. Although Carpentier came back quite strongly in the 15th and 16th rounds he soon shot his bolt and a terrific left hook to the jaw in the 17th dropped him heavily. Saved by the bell to end the 17th and with his eye bleeding badly, Carpentier was retired after the interval and following the gong to start the 18th, with Papke halfway across the ring, he held out his hand in a token of surrender.
Afterwards, Carpentier was handed the title but refused to accept it on the grounds that he would no longer be fighting at 160lbs and Papke continued to be seen as the champion in France.