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Stanley Ketchel boxer

Stanley Ketchel image
Status inactive
Age 24
Division middleweight
Height 5′ 9″/175cm
Debut 1903-05-02
Born 1886-09-14
Death 1910-10-15
Nationality USA
Residence Butte, Montana, USA
bouts
58
won
49
lost
5
draw
3
bouts
58
won
49
lost
5
draw
3
Status inactive
Age 24
Division middleweight
Height 5′ 9″/175cm
Debut 1903-05-02
Born 1886-09-14
Death 1910-10-15
Nationality USA
Residence Butte, Montana, USA

He was born in 1886 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Tomasz Kiecal and Julia Kiecal (née Olbinska), whose family immigrated from the village of Sulmierzyce in Piotrków Trybunalski, Guberniya, in modern-day central Poland.He avoided school, instead falling in with a gang of street kids and often getting into fist fights. At twelve years old, he ran away from home, becoming a child hobo. As a teenager he lived in Butte, Montana, where he found employment first as a hotel bellhop and then as a bouncer. This profession obviously led to many scraps that established his reputation as the best fist fighter in town. Soon enough sixteen-year-old Stanley was performing in backroom boxing matches with older locals for twenty dollars a week. He began traveling throughout Montana, offering to take on any man brave enough to face him. Between 1903 and 1906, he lost just twice in thirty-nine contests and, in 1907, moved to California, where he knew most of boxing's big names and big fights waited for him.

He was born in 1886 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Tomasz Kiecal and Julia Kiecal (née Olbinska), whose family immigrated from the village of Sulmierzyce in Piotrków Trybunalski, Guberniya, in modern-day central Poland.He avoided school, instead falling in with a gang of street kids and often getting into fist fights. At twelve years old, he ran away from home, becoming a child hobo. As a teenager he lived in Butte, Montana, where he found employment first as a hotel bellhop and then as a bouncer. This profession obviously led to many scraps that established his reputation as the best fist fighter in town. Soon enough sixteen-year-old Stanley was performing in backroom boxing matches with older locals for twenty dollars a week. He began traveling throughout Montana, offering to take on any man brave enough to face him. Between 1903 and 1906, he lost just twice in thirty-nine contests and, in 1907, moved to California, where he knew most of boxing's big names and big fights waited for him.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
June 10, 1910 Jim Smith WLWWWL National S.C., New York WIN
KO
May 27, 1910 Willie Lewis WWWDLD National S.C., New York WIN
KO
May 17, 1910 Porky Dan Flynn LLWWWW Armory A.A., Boston WIN
KO
April 27, 1910 Sam Langford WWLWWW National A.C., Philadelphia LOSS
NWS
March 23, 1910 Frank Klaus WDLWWW Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh DRAW
NWS
Oct. 16, 1909 Jack Johnson WWWDWW Mission Street Arena, Colma World Heavyweight

LOSS
KO
July 5, 1909 Billy Papke WWLDLW Mission Street Arena, Colma World Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
June 9, 1909 Philadelphia Jack O'Brien WWWWLD National A.C., Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
June 2, 1909 Tony Caponi LLWDDW American A.C., Schenectady WIN
KO
May 18, 1909 Hugh McGann LLLWDW Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
NWS
March 26, 1909 Philadelphia Jack O'Brien WWWWWW National A.C., New York WIN
NWS
Nov. 26, 1908 Billy Papke WLWWWW Mission Street Arena, Colma World Middleweight

WIN
KO
Sept. 7, 1908 Billy Papke WWLWWW Jeffries' Arena, Vernon LOSS
Technical knockout
Aug. 18, 1908 Joe Thomas WDDLLL Coliseum, San Francisco WIN
Technical knockout
July 31, 1908 Hugo Kelly WDDDLW Coliseum, San Francisco WIN
KO
June 4, 1908 Billy Papke WWWDWW Hippodrome, Milwaukee WIN
Points
May 9, 1908 Jack Twin Sullivan WWWLWD Mission Street Arena, Colma WIN
KO
Feb. 22, 1908 Mike Twin Sullivan DWLWWW Mission Street Arena, Colma WIN
KO
Dec. 12, 1907 Joe Thomas WLWDDL Recreation Park, San Francisco Ketchel claims World Middleweight title WIN
Points
Sept. 2, 1907 Joe Thomas WWLWDD Mission Street Arena, Colma WIN
KO
July 4, 1907 Joe Thomas WWWLWD Marysville DRAW
Points
May 23, 1907 George Brown DWWWDW Sacramento WIN
KO
May 3, 1907 Benny Hart LLWDW Marysville WIN
KO
March 23, 1907 Mike McClure WDDWLD Redding WIN
KO
Sept. 10, 1906 Kid Foley DLLDWL Miles City WIN
KO
May 18, 1906 Mike Tierney L Butte WIN
KO
May 11, 1906 Paddy Hall Gregson Hot Springs WIN
KO
March 19, 1906 Warren Zurbrick WWWDWW Grand Opera House, Great Falls
ND
Feb. 12, 1906 Montana Jack Sullivan D Broadway Theater, Butte DRAW
Points
Dec. 24, 1905 Kid Foley LDLLDW Butte WIN
KO
Dec. 19, 1905 Jerry McCarthy WLLLWL Great Falls WIN
KO
Dec. 16, 1905 Jack Bennett LLL Butte WIN
KO
Dec. 2, 1905 Marysville Kid Butte WIN
KO
Dec. 1, 1905 Jerry McCarthy DWLLLW Great Falls WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 14, 1905 Bob Senate L Miles City WIN
KO
Aug. 29, 1905 Kid Fredericks WDDLWL Miles City WIN
KO
July 19, 1905 Roy Hart Opera House, Miles City WIN
KO
July 15, 1905 Bob Senate Miles City WIN
KO
July 4, 1905 Jimmy Kelly Miles City WIN
KO
June 16, 1905 Kid Lee WWLWWW Helena WIN
Technical knockout
June 13, 1905 Kid Pecor Broadway Theater, Butte WIN
KO
June 4, 1905 Curley Rhue DDD Gregson Springs WIN
KO
May 18, 1905 Sid LaFontise WDDDDL Butte WIN
KO
April 19, 1905 Rudolph Hinz DWL Miles City DRAW
Points
March 25, 1905 Sid LaFontise WDDDD Casino Theater, Butte WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 20, 1905 Jack Bennett LL Casino Theater, Butte WIN
KO
Jan. 4, 1905 Kid Thomas DWWLLW Butte WIN
KO
Dec. 23, 1904 Kid Foley LDWLDL Casino Theater, Butte WIN
KO
Dec. 16, 1904 Jack Grimes W Union Hall, Butte WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 8, 1904 Kid Herrick LDDLD Butte WIN
KO
Nov. 10, 1904 Joe Mudro Butte WIN
KO
Nov. 8, 1904 Kid Lee LWWLWW Lewistown LOSS
Technical knockout
Oct. 29, 1904 Jimmy Kelly LLLWLW Miles City WIN
KO
Oct. 21, 1904 Maurice Thompson WWWDWW Casino Theater, Butte LOSS
Points
Oct. 3, 1904 Bob Merrywell Butte WIN
KO
Sept. 15, 1904 Jimmy Murray Butte WIN
KO
July 17, 1904 Johnny Gilsey L Butte WIN
KO
July 15, 1904 Kid Leroy Butte WIN
KO
July 7, 1904 Jim Kid McGuire LLWL Butte WIN
KO
June 20, 1904 Jimmy Quinn Butte WIN
KO
May 11, 1904 Maurice Thompson DWDDWD Broadway Theater, Butte LOSS
Points
May 2, 1903 Kid Tracy Butte WIN
KO