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‘Slave for Mayhem’ & Excess, Ketchel Takes Papke in Milwaukee

by on Jun.02, 2009, under Boxing News, CBZ Columnists, Pete Ehrmann

A look back at middleweight legend Stanley Ketchel vs. Billy Papke 
By Pete Ehrmann

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A hundred and one years ago Thursday, one of the most legendary champions in boxing history defended his title in the Beer Capital of America, and then celebrated by washing his feet in $2,700 worth of wine.

In 1908 that was more money than the average wage-slave earned in an entire year. But the only thing Stanley Ketchel was a slave to was his appetite for mayhem in the ring and for doing whatever the hell he felt like out of it. (continue reading…)

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