Herriman Saturday

Monday, August 31 1908 — One week from now, Stanley Ketchel and Billy Papke will fight for the world middleweight championship, right here in li’l ole Los Angeles. The fight will be at Jim Jeffries’ boxing club, and Jeffries himself will referee.

The populace of L.A. have, in the words of sportwriter H.M. Walker, “gone fight crazy!” At Ketchel’s camp, the entrance gates were literally smashed to pieces under the onslaught of between six and seven thousands fans wanting to see him work out. Papke’s camp was similarly thronged, with a reported four thousand spectators.

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