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Stanley Ketchel
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    (September 14, 1896-October 15, 1910)
    Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Former middle-weight and welterweight champion
    Professional record of 53-5-5 with 49 knockouts wins
    Real name: Stanislaw Kiecal
    Nicknamed: The Michigan Assassin
    He was widely disliked by other fighters for his rough and tumble, barely legal style of fighting.
    He really didn't pay much attention to marriage vows, his or other women's, a fact which almost enabled his murderers to go free.
    He was a heavy drinker.
    He was a very, very hard puncher.
    He had an excellent chin.
    He was the first fighter to win a world title with a first round knockout.
    He beat much bigger fighters, including then light-heavyweight champion Philadelphia Jack O'Brien.
    While staying at a friend's ranch, he was accused of attempted rape and murdered by a couple working there.
    After confessing the truth, (simple robbery was the motive) the man only served 22 years and the woman only eighteen months.
    He broke the color barrier and voluntarily fought excellent black fighters like Sam Langford and heavy-weight camp Jack Johnson.
    He won the title from Mike Sullivan and defended it against his twin brother, Jack Sullivan.
    He's considered one of the greatest middle-weight champions of all time and possibly the very best prior to the 1940's.

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