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 the fight went ahead with the American paying £200 forfeit. Realising his best chance for victory was an early win, Carpentier (160) 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. Even though Carpentier came back quite strongly in the 15th and 16th rounds he soon shot his bolt, a terrific left hook to the jaw in the 17th dropping him heavily. Saved by the bell to end the 17th, and with his eye bleeding badly, Carpentier was retired following the gong to start the 18th.
Afterwards, Carpentier was handed the title due to Papke coming in over the weight, but refused to accept it on the grounds that he would no longer be fighting at 160lbs. He also felt he did not deserve the title as he had lost fairly and squarely. Following that, Papke continued to be seen as the champion by the French Federation of Boxing Clubs.