1913-03-05 (160lbs) Frank Klaus w disq 15 (20) Billy Papke, The Circus, Paris, France
1913-03-05 (160lbs) Frank Klaus w disq 15 (20) Billy Papke, The Circus, Paris, France. Recognised by most of the authorities within reason, except the New York Boxing Commission who still supported Frank Mantell, this was billed as a title fight at 160lbs. Klaus (159), starting as he meant to continue by attacking Papke’s body and invariably connecting with some heavy deliveries, was never headed. By the end of the 12th round, Papke (159) had taken considerable punishment and, having been in distress on several occasions, he began to fight wildly. Extremely riled he lost his head and in the 13th started to go low. After being warned several times, Papke took no notice and in the 15th he was disqualified.
Back home, on 24 May at the Exposition Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Klaus met Eddie McGoorty (nd-w pts 6) at 158lbs and, on 1 July at the Atlas AA, Boston, Massachusetts, an over-the-weight Klaus knocked out Jimmy Gardner inside three rounds of a contest in which the latter expected to land the 158lbs title. Another fight where Klaus (162½) risked his title claim came on 29 September at the Southside AA, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, McGoorty (157¾) being awarded the ten-round press decision.