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    R.I.P. Willie Pep

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    Willie Pep passes
    Ring legend Willie Pep passed away on Thursday at the West Hill Convalescent Home in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, according to the Hartford Courant. Pep, a two-time world featherweight champion, was 84. In his prime, the Hall of Famer was one of the greatest defensive boxers who ever lived . . . . Fightnews extends our sympathies to Willie's family. Services are pending.

    Respect and a quiet ale in your honour tonight from me Willie.

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    R.i.p champ
    Last edited by dmt; 11-24-2006 at 05:22 AM. Reason: short

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    I'd heard about Pep since the first days of when I started to follow this sport. That's amazing since the little guys are almost always overshadowed by the big ones.

    God Bless, he was an inspiration in his fashion. He may hold the record for the most professional rounds in the ring.

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    Re: Vale Willie Pep

    A true master of his art.

    Rest In Peace Champ.

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    I'm sad hear about about Willie Pep, but he has been in failing health for a long time. He's been suffering in the mental department for a while now as near as I can tell.

    I met him at the Hall of Fame in 2000 and he was not in good shape then. He was being chaperoned around by a younger woman who was very attractive. Perhaps it was his daughter, I'm not sure. I was sitting right beside him at the Turning Stone Casino during the fights they hold there as part of the induction weekend.

    Some fans came up to Pep during a break in the action and asked for an autograph. Willie looked at them with a vacant gaze and said, "Leave me alone! I'm just an old man!"

    You could tell by looking at him that he had little idea what was going on or where he was.

    On another note, I think tonight that I'll pop in a tape of him versus Sandy Saddler. If you want action and you want real, honest to goodness fighting - you've got it in those fights.

    RIP to Willie Pep - one of the all-time greats of all-times and a true, honest to god, genuine boxing legend and icon.

    TKS
    Last edited by TKO Tom; 11-24-2006 at 11:59 AM.

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    Re: Vale Willie Pep

    R.i.p. The World Of Boxing Is In Great Pain!!

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    From the Boston Globe

    WILLIE PEP
    November 24, 2006 - Former featherweight champion Willie Pep, whose simple fight philosophy was "Hit the other guy as often as you can but don't let him hurt you," died Thursday, November 23, 2006. He was 84. Pep, who became a champion at age 20, died in a convalescent home in Rocky Hill, eight miles south of Hartford, grandson William P. Papaleo said. Pep had been confined to an Alzheimer unit since 2001.The wiry, right-handed two-time world featherweight champion held the title from 1942-48 and from 1949-50. He turned pro in 1940 and amassed a record of 230-11-1 with 65 KOs when he retired in 1966 at age 43.In 1999, Pep was listed fifth among the best fighters of the 20th century as chosen by a five-member panel for The Associated Press.Born Guglielmo Papoleo on Sept. 19, 1922, in Middletown, Pep became one of boxing's all-time greats. Nicknamed "Will o' the Wisp" for his elusiveness, the 5-foot-6-inch Pep held the featherweight title for six years.Ring historians recall Pep's alley-fighting style. He wasn't a fancy boxer, but could punch equally hard with both hands. And he was most dangerous when he was hurt.He is best remembered for his physical, four-fight series against fellow Hall-of-Famer Sandy Saddler.Pep won the first 63 fights of his career. He was barely 20 when he beat Chalky Wright in a decision in 1942 to win the featherweight title, becoming the youngest champion in 40 years. The following year brought 63 undefeated bouts for Pep before he lost a non-title fight to Sammy Angott. Undeterred, Pep went on to win another 73 successive fights. He lost the title in October 1948 to Saddler on a fourth-round knockout, setting up a rivalry for the ages.Four months later Pep and Saddler squared off in Madison Square Garden. Intent on revenge, Pep relied on his quickness to outrun Saddler for 15 rounds. Bloodied, but not beaten, Pep scored a unanimous decision to became the first boxer in the history of the 126-pound class to regain a lost championship. Saddler regained the title in 1950 with an eighth-round knockout. They met once more in 1951 and Saddler won again, this time with a knockout in the ninth round.Pep retired in 1959, although he was back in the ring six years later. His nine-fight winning streak was interrupted by a knockout by Calvin Woodward in 1966, and Pep hung up his gloves for good.

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    Willie Pep's Record

    Willie Pep

    Alias Will o' the Wisp
    Birth Name Guglielmo Papaleo
    Country US American
    Hometown Hartford, CT, USA
    Division Featherweight
    Born 1922-09-19
    Died 2006-11-23
    Stance Orthodox
    Height 165
    Manager Lou Viscusi


    Career Record © www.boxrec.com

    Date Opponent Location Result
    1940-07-03 James McGovern Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 4
    1940-07-25 Joey Marcus Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 4
    1940-08-08 Joey Wasnick Hartford, CT, USA W KO 3
    1940-08-29 Tommy Burns Hartford, CT, USA W KO 1
    1940-09-05 Joey Marcus New Britain, CT, USA W PTS 6
    1940-09-19 Jack Moore Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 6
    1940-10-03 Jimmy Riche Waterbury, CT, USA W KO 3
    1940-10-24 Jimmy McAllister New Haven, CT, USA W PTS 4
    1940-11-22 Carlo Daponde New Britain, CT, USA W KO 6
    1940-11-29 Frank Topazio New Britain, CT, USA W KO 5
    1940-12-06 Jim Mutane New Britain, CT, USA W KO 2
    1941-01-28 Augie Almeda New Haven, CT, USA W KO 6
    1941-02-03 Joe Echevarria Holyoke, MA, USA W PTS 6
    1941-02-10 Don Lyons Holyoke, MA, USA W KO 2
    1941-02-17 Ruby Garcia Holyoke, MA, USA W PTS 6
    1941-03-03 Ruby Garcia Holyoke, MA, USA W PTS 6
    1941-03-25 Marty Shapiro Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 6
    1941-03-31 Joey Gatto Holyoke, MA, USA W KO 2
    1941-04-14 Henry Vasquez Holyoke, MA, USA W PTS 6
    1941-04-22 Joey Silva Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 6
    1941-05-06 Lou Pugliese Hartford, CT, USA W KO 2
    1941-05-12 Johnny Cockfield Holyoke, MA, USA W PTS 6
    1941-06-24 Eddie DeAngelis Hartford, CT, USA W KO 3
    1941-07-15 Jimmy Gilligan Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 8
    1941-08-01 Harry Hintlian Manchester, CT, USA W PTS 6
    1941-08-05 Blond Tiger Hartford, CT, USA W KO 3
    1941-08-12 Eddie Flores Thompsonville, CT, USA W KO 1
    1941-09-26 Jackie Harris New Haven, CT, USA W KO 1
    1941-10-10 Carlos Manzano New Haven, CT, USA W PTS 8
    1941-10-22 Connie Savoie Hartford, CT, USA W KO 2
    1941-11-07 Buddy Spencer Hollywood, CA, USA W PTS 4
    1941-11-24 Davey Crawford Holyoke, MA, USA W PTS 8
    1941-12-12 Ruby Garcia New York, NY, USA W PTS 4
    1942-01-08 Mexican Joe Rivers Fall River, MA, USA W KO 4
    1942-01-16 Sammy Parrota New York, NY, USA W PTS 4
    1942-01-27 Abie Kaufman Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 8
    1942-02-10 Angelo Callura Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 8
    1942-02-24 Willie Roache Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 8
    1942-03-18 Johnny Compo New Haven, CT, USA W PTS 8
    1942-04-14 Spider Armstrong Hartford, CT, USA W KO 4
    1942-05-04 Curley Nichols New Haven, CT, USA W PTS 8
    1942-05-12 Aaron Seltzer Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 8
    1942-05-26 Joey Iannotti Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 8
    1942-06-23 Joey Archibald Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1942-07-21 Abe Denner Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 12
    1942-08-01 Joey Silva Waterbury, CT, USA W TKO 7
    1942-08-10 Pedro Hernandez Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1942-08-20 Nat Litfin West Haven, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1942-09-01 Bobby Ivy Hartford, CT, USA W TKO 10
    1942-09-10 Frank Franconeri New York, NY, USA W TKO 1
    1942-09-22 Vince Dell'Orto Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1942-10-05 Bobby McIntire Holyoke, MA, USA W PTS 10
    1942-10-16 Joey Archibald Providence, RI, USA W UD 10
    1942-10-27 George Zengaras Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1942-11-20 Chalky Wright New York, NY, USA W UD 15
    NYSAC World Featherweight Title
    1942-12-14 Jose Aponte Torres Washington, DC, USA W KO 7
    1942-12-21 Joey Silva Jacksonville, FL, USA W TKO 9
    1943-01-04 Vince Dell'Orto New Orleans, LA, USA W PTS 10
    1943-01-19 Bill Speary Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1943-01-29 Allie Stolz New York, NY, USA W PTS 10
    1943-02-11 Davey Crawford Boston, MA, USA W PTS 10
    1943-02-15 Bill Speary Baltimore, MD, USA W PTS 10
    1943-03-02 Lou Transparenti Hartford, CT, USA W KO 6
    1943-03-19 Sammy Angott New York, NY, USA L PTS 10
    1943-03-29 Bobby McIntire Detroit, MI, USA W UD 10
    1943-04-09 Sal Bartolo Boston, MA, USA W SD 10
    1943-04-19 Angel Aviles Tampa, FL, USA W PTS 10
    1943-04-26 Jackie Wilson Pittsburgh, PA, USA W PTS 12
    1943-06-08 Sal Bartolo Boston, MA, USA W UD 15
    NYSAC World Featherweight Title
    1944-04-04 Leo Francis Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1944-04-20 Snooks Lacey New Haven, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1944-05-01 Jackie Leamus Philadelphia, PA, USA W PTS 10
    1944-05-19 Frankie Rubino Chicago, IL, USA W PTS 10
    1944-05-23 Joey Bagnato Buffalo, NY, USA W KO 2
    1944-06-06 Julie Kogon Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1944-07-07 Willie Joyce Chicago, IL, USA W PTS 10
    1944-07-17 Manuel Ortiz Boston, MA, USA W PTS 10
    1944-08-04 Lulu Costantino Waterbury, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1944-08-28 Joey Peralta West Springfield, MA, USA W PTS 10
    1944-09-19 Charley Cabey Lewis Hartford, CT, USA W TKO 8
    1944-09-29 Chalky Wright New York, NY, USA W UD 15
    NYSAC World Featherweight Title
    1944-10-25 Jackie Leamus Montreal, QC, Canada W UD 10
    1944-11-14 Charley Cabey Lewis Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1944-11-27 Pedro Hernandez Washington, DC, USA W PTS 10
    1944-12-05 Chalky Wright Cleveland, OH, USA W UD 10
    1945-01-23 Ralph Walton Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1945-02-05 Willie Roache New Haven, CT, USA W UD 10
    1945-02-19 Phil Terranova New York, NY, USA W UD 15
    NYSAC World Featherweight Title
    1945-10-30 Paulie Jackson Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 8
    1945-11-05 Mike Martyk Buffalo, NY, USA W TKO 5
    1945-11-26 Eddie Giosa Boston, MA, USA W PTS 10
    1945-12-05 Harold Gibson Lewiston, ME, USA W PTS 10
    1945-12-13 Jimmy McAllister Baltimore, MD, USA D PTS 10
    1946-01-15 Johnny Virgo Buffalo, NY, USA W KO 2
    1946-02-13 Jimmy Joyce Buffalo, NY, USA W PTS 10
    1946-03-01 Jimmy McAllister New York, NY, USA W KO 2
    1946-03-26 Jackie Wilson Kansas City, MO, USA W UD 10
    1946-04-08 Georgie Knox Providence, RI, USA W KO 3
    1946-05-06 Ernie Petrone New Haven, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1946-05-13 Joey Angelo Providence, RI, USA W PTS 10
    1946-05-22 Jose Aponte Torres St. Louis, MO, USA W UD 10
    1946-05-27 Jimmy Joyce Minneapolis, MN, USA W PTS 8
    1946-06-07 Sal Bartolo New York, NY, USA W KO 12
    1946-07-10 Harold Gibson Buffalo, NY, USA W TKO 7
    1946-07-25 Jackie Graves Minneapolis, MN, USA W TKO 8
    1946-08-26 Doll Rafferty Milwaukee, WI, USA W KO 6
    1946-09-04 Walter Kolby Buffalo, NY, USA W KO 5
    1946-09-17 Lefty LaChance Hartford, CT, USA W TKO 3
    1946-11-01 Paulie Jackson Minneapolis, MN, USA W PTS 10
    1946-11-15 Tomas Beato Waterbury, CT, USA W KO 2
    1946-11-27 Chalky Wright Milwaukee, WI, USA W KO 3
    1947-06-17 Victor Flores Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1947-07-01 Joey Fortuna Albany, NY, USA W KO 5
    1947-07-08 Leo LeBrun Norwalk, CT, USA W PTS 8
    1947-07-11 Jean Barriere North Adams, MA, USA W KO 4
    1947-07-15 Paulie Jackson New Bedford, MA, USA W PTS 10
    1947-07-23 Humberto Sierra Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1947-08-22 Jock Leslie Flint, MI, USA W KO 12
    1947-10-21 Jean Barriere Portland, ME, USA W KO 1
    1947-10-27 Archie Wilmer Philadelphia, PA, USA W MD 10
    1947-12-22 Alvaro Estrada Lewiston, ME, USA W UD 10
    1947-12-30 Lefty LaChance Manchester, NH, USA W TKO 8
    1948-01-06 Pedro Biesca Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1948-01-12 Jimmy McAllister St. Louis, MO, USA W PTS 10
    1948-01-19 Joey Angelo Boston, MA, USA W UD 10
    1948-02-24 Humberto Sierra Miami, FL, USA W TKO 10
    1948-05-07 Leroy Willis Detroit, MI, USA W PTS 10
    1948-05-19 Charley Cabey Lewis Milwaukee, WI, USA W PTS 10
    1948-06-17 Miguel Acevedo Minneapolis, MN, USA W PTS 10
    1948-06-25 Luther Burgess Flint, MI, USA W PTS 10
    1948-07-28 Young Junior Utica, NY, USA W KO 1
    1948-08-03 Teddy 'Redtop' Davis Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1948-08-17 Teddy 'Redtop' Davis Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1948-09-02 Johnny Dell Waterbury, CT, USA W TKO 8
    1948-09-10 Paddy DeMarco New York, NY, USA W UD 10
    1948-10-12 Chuck Burton Jersey City, NJ, USA W PTS 8
    1948-10-19 Johnny LaRusso Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1948-10-29 Sandy Saddler New York, NY, USA L KO 4
    1948-12-20 Hermie Freeman Boston, MA, USA W UD 10
    1949-01-17 Teddy 'Redtop' Davis St. Louis, MO, USA W PTS 10
    1949-02-11 Sandy Saddler New York, NY, USA W UD 15
    1949-06-06 Luis Ramos New Haven, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1949-06-14 Al Pennino Pittsfield, MA, USA W UD 10
    1949-06-20 Johnny LaRusso West Springfield, MA, USA W PTS 10
    1949-07-12 Jean Mougin Syracuse, NY, USA W UD 10
    1949-09-20 Eddie Compo Waterbury, CT, USA W TKO 7
    1949-12-12 Harold Dade St. Louis, MO, USA W PTS 10
    1950-01-16 Charley Riley St. Louis, MO, USA W KO 5
    1950-02-06 Roy Andrews Boston, MA, USA W PTS 10
    1950-02-22 Jimmy Warren Miami, FL, USA W UD 10
    1950-03-17 Ray Famechon New York, NY, USA W UD 15
    1950-05-15 Art Llanos Hartford, CT, USA W KO 2
    1950-06-01 Terry Young Milwaukee, WI, USA W UD 10
    1950-06-26 Bobby Timpson Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1950-07-25 Bobby Bell Washington, DC, USA W UD 10
    1950-08-02 Proctor Heinold Scranton, PA, USA W PTS 10
    1950-09-08 Sandy Saddler Bronx, NY, USA L RTD 8
    1951-01-30 Tommy Baker Hartford, CT, USA W TKO 4
    1951-02-26 Billy Hogan Sarasota, FL, USA W KO 2
    1951-03-05 Carlos Chavez New Orleans, LA, USA W UD 10
    1951-03-26 Pat Iacobucci Miami Beach, FL, USA W UD 10
    1951-04-17 Baby Neff Ortiz St. Louis, MO, USA W TKO 5
    1951-04-27 Eddie Chavez San Francisco, CA, USA W PTS 10
    1951-06-04 Jesus Compos Baltimore, MD, USA W PTS 10
    1951-09-04 Corky Gonzales New Orleans, LA, USA W UD 10
    1951-09-26 Sandy Saddler New York, NY, USA L RTD 9
    1952-04-29 Santiago Gonzalez Tampa, FL, USA W UD 10
    1952-05-05 Kenny Leach Columbus, GA, USA W PTS 10
    1952-05-10 James Buddy Baggett Aiken, SC, USA W KO 5
    1952-05-21 Claude Hammond Miami Beach, FL, USA W UD 10
    1952-06-30 Tommy Collins Boston, MA, USA L TKO 6
    1952-09-03 Billy Lima Pensacola, FL, USA W PTS 10
    1952-09-11 Bobby Woods Vancouver, BC, Canada W PTS 10
    1952-10-01 Armand Savoie Chicago, IL, USA W UD 10
    1952-10-20 Billy Lima Jacksonville, FL, USA W UD 10
    1952-11-05 Manny Castro Miami Beach, FL, USA W TKO 5
    1952-11-19 Fabela Chavez St. Louis, MO, USA W UD 10
    1952-12-05 Jorge Sanchez West Palm Beach, FL, USA W PTS 10
    1953-01-19 Billy Lauderdale Nassau, Bahamas, The W UD 10
    1953-01-27 Dave Mitchell Miami Beach, FL, USA W UD 10
    1953-02-10 Jose Alvarez San Antonio, TX, USA W PTS 10
    1953-03-31 Joey Gambino Tampa, FL, USA W UD 10
    1953-04-07 Noel Paquette Miami Beach, FL, USA W PTS 10
    1953-05-13 Jackie Blair Fort Worth, TX, USA W UD 10
    1953-06-05 Pat Marcune New York, NY, USA W TKO 10
    1953-11-21 Sonny Luciano Charlotte, NC, USA W UD 10
    1953-12-04 Davey Allen West Palm Beach, FL, USA W PTS 10
    1953-12-08 Billy Lima Houston, TX, USA W KO 2
    1953-12-15 Tony Longo Miami Beach, FL, USA W UD 10
    1954-01-19 Dave Seabrooke Jacksonville, FL, USA W PTS 10
    1954-02-26 Lulu Perez New York, NY, USA L TKO 2
    1954-07-24 Mike Tourcotte Mobile, AL, USA W UD 10
    1954-08-18 Til LeBlanc Moncton, NB, Canada W UD 10
    1954-11-01 Mario 'Eladio' Colon Daytona Beach, FL, USA W PTS 10
    1955-03-11 Merrill Olmstead Bennington, VT, USA W PTS 10
    1955-03-22 Charley Titone Holyoke, MA, USA W PTS 10
    1955-03-30 Gil Cadilli Parks Air Force Base, CA, L SD 10
    1955-05-18 Gil Cadilli Detroit, MI, USA W UD 10
    1955-06-01 Joey Cam Boston, MA, USA W TKO 4
    1955-06-14 Mickey Mars Miami Beach, FL, USA W TKO 7
    1955-07-12 Hector Rodriguez Bridgeport, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1955-09-13 Jimmy Ithia Hartford, CT, USA W TKO 6
    1955-09-27 Henry 'Pappy' Gault Holyoke, MA, USA W UD 10
    1955-10-10 Charley Titone Brockton, MA, USA W UD 10
    1955-11-29 Henry 'Pappy' Gault Tampa, FL, USA W UD 10
    1955-12-13 Lee Carter Houston, TX, USA W TKO 4
    1955-12-28 Andy Arel Miami Beach, FL, USA W UD 10
    1956-03-13 Kid Campeche Tampa, FL, USA W UD 10
    1956-03-27 James Buddy Baggett Beaumont, TX, USA W PTS 10
    1956-04-17 Jackie Blair Hartford, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1956-05-22 Manuel Armenteros San Antonio, TX, USA W TKO 7
    1956-06-19 Russell Tague Miami Beach, FL, USA W UD 10
    1956-07-04 Hector Bacquettes Lawton, OK, USA W KO 4
    1957-04-23 Cesar Morales Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA W PTS 10
    1957-05-10 Manny Castro Florence, SC, USA W UD 10
    1957-07-16 Manny Castro El Paso, TX, USA W PTS 10
    1957-07-23 Russell Tague Houston, TX, USA W UD 10
    1957-12-17 Jimmy Connors Boston, MA, USA W UD 10
    1958-01-14 Tommy Tibbs Boston, MA, USA L SD 10
    1958-03-31 Prince Johnson Holyoke, MA, USA W UD 10
    1958-04-08 George Stephany Bristol, CT, USA W PTS 10
    1958-04-14 Cleo Ortiz Providence, RI, USA W UD 10
    1958-04-29 Jimmy Kelly Boston, MA, USA W PTS 10
    1958-05-20 Bobby Singleton Boston, MA, USA W UD 10
    1958-06-23 Pat McCoy New Bedford, MA, USA W UD 10
    1958-07-01 Bobby Soares Athol, MA, USA W UD 10
    1958-07-17 Bobby Bell Norwood, MA, USA W PTS 10
    1958-08-04 Louis Carmona Presque Isle, ME, USA W PTS 10
    1958-08-09 Jesse Rodrigues Painesville, OH, USA W UD 10
    1958-08-26 Al Duarte North Adams, MA, USA W UD 10
    1958-09-20 Hogan 'Kid' Bassey Boston, MA, USA L TKO 9
    1959-01-26 Victor Sonny Leon Caracas, Venezuela L UD 10
    1965-03-12 Harold McKeever Miami, FL, USA W PTS 8
    1965-04-26 Jackie Lennon Philadelphia, PA, USA W UD 6
    1965-05-21 Johnny Gilmore Norwalk, CT, USA W PTS 6
    1965-07-26 Benny (Red) Randall Quebec City, QC, Canada W UD 10
    1965-09-28 Johnny Gilmore Philadelphia, PA, USA W PTS 6
    1965-10-01 Willie Little Johnstown, PA, USA W KO 3
    1965-10-04 Tommy Haden Providence, RI, USA W TKO 3
    1965-10-14 Sergio Musquiz Phoenix, AZ, USA W KO 5
    1965-10-25 Ray Coleman Tucson, AZ, USA W KO 5
    1966-03-16 Calvin Woodland Richmond, VA, USA L PTS 6

    Record to Date
    Won 230 (KOs 65) Lost 11 Drawn 1 Total 242

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    a sad day for boxing.

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    I was very lucky to have been chosen to honor Wille Pep at the Rocky Marciano Foundation for Children dinner in the early 1990's.
    Ken Norton was the man of the year and I gave a speech honoring all the old champs, great fighters and boxing people who came there that night.

    Tony DeMarco, Chico Vejar, Chuvalo, Norton, John Ice Scully, Paz, Bert Sugar, Lou Duva, Sean O'Grady, and Willie Pep among others.

    The speech I gave was filmed and I have a copy. The ovation given to Willie Pep was tremendous and I spent some wonderful time with him afterward.
    He was not in the best of shape back then and I know it worsened over time.

    It touched him when I spoke of the love and admiration that Rocky Marciano had for him. He has the most professional wins in boxing history, a sterling pro record and a one of a kind fighter.

    One day when I was boxing with Emile Griffith before the Manny Gonzalez fight in the Garden, Willie boxed a fun round with him too. It was wonderful to see.

    Whichever way he moved during a fight, he would blaze out a few shots on the way, always busy, always moving. He fought them all.

    Rest in Peace Champ
    God Bless You.

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    It's sad to hear of Pep's passing. Truly, the greatest featherweight who ever lived. But what's also sad is to see a guy like Bert Sugar, who should know better, write an article for ESPN that perpetuates the fairy tale of Pep winning the third round of his fight against Jackie Graves without throwing a punch. Sugar, a guy I normally respect, just went and made heresy out of history, as that tale has been disproven for 3 years now. Readers of this website would have seen that in the interview with Graves that is in the interview archives. Pep was great enough on his own without anyone having to exaggerate his accomplishments. The simple fact remains, that none of the newspaper next day round-by-rounds either from the Minneapolis Tribune or the St. Paul newspaper, reported anything close to that claim about any of the rounds, much less the infamous third, which all papers called "the most rapid of the night...a clicker couldn't count the blows between the two". Rest in peace Willie.

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    Incredible style and maybe the most well equipped brain for boxing of anyone. He was almost always a step ahead of whoever he was fighting, except for Sandy Saddler and then he showed great heart and fighting spirit. Mind, body, and soul, he was pure fighter. RIP Willie Pep!

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    In addition to being the great featherweight and one of the greatest
    p4p fighters of all time, Willie Pep may have also been the most skillful
    boxer who climbed into a boxing ring. RIP Willie!

    - Chuck Johnston

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    Willie Pep vs Sandy Saddler....1951


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    In his autobio Sugar Ray Robinson says that Willie was the greatest boxer I ever saw."

    I myself got to know Willie pretty good over the last 20 years or so....I had even talked to him at one point about trainin gme but in that department we werent on the same page. It is one of my greatest honors as a boxer that I can say that Willie Pep actually used to come watch me fight and told me so himself that he as there to see me. That was pretty cool, especially now that I see after his passing how well people really thought of him.

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    R.I.P. Willie Pep

    Few Did It As Well As Willie Pep
    By Pete Ehrmann from Sweet Science

    In the 1950s a Mexican featherweight boxer named Kid Campeche won only seven of his 31 pro fights, but nevertheless achieved a certain immortality for what he said after losing a 10-round decision in '-56 to Willie Pep. Asked what it was like to fight the legendary featherweight champion the frustrated Campeche said it was akin to "trying to stamp out a grass fire."

    The great writer W.C. Heinz called Pep, who died on Thanksgiving Day at age 84, "the artist supreme." In his book Once They Heard The Cheers, Heinz wrote: "When I watched him box, it used to occur to me that, if I could just listen carefully enough, I would hear the music. He turned boxing contests into ballets, performances by a virtuoso in which the opponent, trying to punch him out, became an unwilling partner in a dance, the details of which were so exquisite that they evoked joy, and sometimes even laughter."

    But not in the opponent, of course. “Stand still and fight!” growled Chalky Wright during their 15-round bout for Wright’s featherweight championship on November 20, 1942. “Do you think I want to get killed?” answered Pep, who won New York State recognition as ruler of the 126-pound division by winning a unanimous decision over Wright, and then unified the title by beating National Boxing Association champion Sal Bartolo on June 8, 1943.

    To Pep, whose professional record was an astonishing 230-11-1, with 63 KOs, it all boiled down to a simple proposition. “The main idea,” he said once, “is to learn how to win without getting hurt.” It helped that he had the reflexes, as Heinz wrote, of “a housefly.”

    An easy target for neighborhood bullies in his native Middletown, Connecticut, the diminutive Pep started his boxing career after being told by a friend, “Why don’t you go to the gym? You’re getting beat up, and you can get paid for it.”

    He became the state flyweight and bantamweight amateur champion. One of his amateur losses was to a New Yorker called Ray Roberts, whose real name was Walker Smith and who later became Sugar Ray Robinson, another boxing legend.

    Pep turned pro on July 3, 1940, and won 62 fights in a row before former lightweight champion Sammy Angott won a decision in their March 19, 1943 bout at Madison Square Garden. Pep disputed the duke. “He wasn’t tough at all,” he said of Angott years later. “I was sure I’d licked him.”

    He was only 20 when he won the featherweight title, and after losing to Angott in their non-title fight, The Ring magazine’s 1945 “Fighter of the Year” won 72 more fights in a row (including one draw, which he avenged with a KO) before Sandy Saddler took the belt from him in 1948 by KO in four.

    Those are flabbergasting figures because in those days fighters fought so much oftener than today, and against top-flight competition.

    Here’s another stunner: In January, 1947, it was widely believed that Pep’s career was over after the plane in which he was a passenger went down. He lived, but when the medic who pulled him out of the wreckage saw who he was, he said, “That’s tough luck, Willie. I guess you’ll never fight again. You’ve got multiple injuries.” His back was broken, and so was his left leg. But six months later Pep was back in action. His injuries had robbed him of some of his speed, but not the guile which once moved columnist Red Smith to say that if Pep “had chosen a life of crime he could have been the most successful pickpocket since the Artful Dodger.”

    He picked right up where he left off, and fought for another decade, gilding his legend by outboxing Saddler to take back the featherweight title. He lost to Saddler in two subsequent title bouts, but continued to fight regularly up to 1959. In December of ‘-58, the 36-year-old Pep was stopped by then-featherweight champ Hogan “Kid” Bassey, whose 10-year age advantage wasn’t obvious until Pep wore himself out making Bassey look silly in the first half of the non-title fight. Pep was stopped in round nine.

    By then, Pep’s days as a headliner in the Garden were long past. So he gave a thrill to customers on boxing’s tank-town circuit, fighting for a few hundred dollars a bout against local kids who didn’t have a clue. “I move around these kids,” he said in a 1958 interview, “jab ‘em and keep ‘em off balance. I spurt about 30 seconds of every round. The crowd loves it when I bang away with both hands to the body. It looks real good, so I give them a show. Most of the kids I fight these days you probably never heard of. To tell you the truth, I never heard of them myself till I heard the announcer say their names.”

    Being in the ring with the great Willie Pep made some of them forget their own names. Pep told Bill Heinz about a fight he had in the South against a kid who approached him at the weigh-in and said, “Mr. Pep, can I have your autograph?”

    “I said, ‘Get away from me, kid. There’s people watchin’ here. We’re boxin’ tonight, and what are they gonna think?’”

    When the referee called them to the middle of the ring pitched in a ballpark, Pep recalled, “I look at the kid, and he’s white. He’s scared stiff. I’m thinking, ‘Oh boy, what kind of a fight can this be?’ So the bell rings and we move around, and a lot of guys turn white, but this guy is startin’ to turn purple. I figure I have to do something, so I threw a right hand over his shoulder, and that would look good to the crowd but that would miss, and I stepped inside and grabbed him under the arms, and I said, ‘Look, kid, just relax. These people here paid their money, and we’ll give them a show. We’ll just box, and you won’t get hurt. We’ll have a nice evening, and everybody will like it.’

    “So I take my arms out from under his and let him go, and he falls right on his face and the referee counts him out.”

    Multiple marriages, bad investments and a cavalier attitude in general about money kept Pep hustling for a buck for most of his life. He even made a comeback in the mid-1960s, when he was in his 40s. “I’m a relic that people will come and and see, like something in a museum,” he said when he started fighting again. Plus, “I want to show the fans a few things they don’t see no more.”

    He did. “Even looking at Willie’s performance in the cold light of the next morning, he showed us more skill, faster and sharper hitting, better footwork and swifter combinations than a majority of our current crop of ‘stars,’” wrote Boxing Illustrated editor Lew Eskin after Pep won a six-round decision over Jackie Lennon on April 26, 1965.

    A charter inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Pep was a regular at the Hall’s annual Induction Weekends until ill-heath intervened. Boxing historian Bill Schutte of Wisconsin, whose favorite fighter was Pep when Schutte first became interested in boxing over a half-century ago (“I think it was the name that got me”), says that no one was more accessible and accommodating than the great featherweight.

    “What I really remember best about Pep over the years was how willing he was to autograph things," said Schutte. "One year I had a whole stack of boxing photos, and a picture of him that I asked him to sign. He signed it most pleasantly, and then asked if I wanted him to sign any of the other photos in my stack. Unlike some other guys, Pep was always more than happy to sign for people during all the years I saw him in Canastota, and he always seemed to have great fun during those weekends.”

    It all came down to what Pep told boxing writer Lester Bromberg in 1962: “I’m crazy over boxing, always have been, always will be. I think it’s the fairest of all sports, man against man, no two-one or three-one situations as develop in, say, football or basketball. And it’s best to watch when done reasonably well. In other words, when two men stand up there and fight with their brains as well as their brawn.”

    Few in the whole history of the Sweet Science did it as well as Willie Pep.

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    Boxing champion Willie Pep dies at 84

    ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — Willie Pep, a hall-of-fame boxer and one of the best fighters of the 20th century, has died at the age of 84.
    His grandson, William P. Papaleo, confirmed Friday morning that Pep died Thursday at the West Hill nursing home, where he had been confined to an Alzheimer's unit since 2001.

    The embodiment of finesse and speed in his prime, Pep was 230-11-1 with 65 KOs during his 26-year career.

    Pep was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1999, he was listed fifth among the best fighters of the 20th century as chosen by a five-member panel for The Associated Press.

    Born Sept. 9, 1922 in Middletown, Conn., Pep dropped out of high school at age 16 to fight. The 5-foot, 6-inch Pep earned the nickname "Will o' the Wisp" for his elusiveness.

    Pep turned pro in 1940 and won his first 63 fights, including a victory over Chalky Wright in 1942 for the world featherweight title. With the 15-round decision, Pep was the youngest boxer to earn the title in four decades.

    The following year brought 63 undefeated bouts for Pep before he lost a non-title fight to Sammy Angott. Undeterred, Pep went on to win another 73 straight.

    During World War II, Pep served in the Army and the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1944.

    Four years later, he went up against Sandy Saddler for the first of four memorable bouts. Pep was knocked out in the fourth round but regained his title the following year. Sadler won three of the four fights.

    Pep retired in 1959, although he was back in the ring six years later. His nine-fight winning streak came to an end when he was stopped by Calvin Woodward in 1966, and Pep hung up his gloves for good.

    When he retired, Pep worked in boxing as a referee and inspector as well as a sports columnist. He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.

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    Willie Pep
    (Guglielmo Papaleo)
    (the "Will o' the Wisp")

    BORN September 19 1922; Hartford, Connecticut
    DIED November 23 2006; Rocky Hill, Connecticut
    HEIGHT 5-5
    WEIGHT 123-135 3/4 lbs
    MANAGER Lou Viscusi
    TRAINER Bill Gore
    RECORD 230-11-1 (65 KO, 9 EX)
    Pep was the ultimate boxer; He was shifty, quick, clever and game; Willie moved around the ring like a skater moves on ice or a dancer jogs on the stage

    Willie began fighting in July, 1940 and was the Featherweight Champion of the World by November, 1942; He won 63 bouts before losing for the first time in 1943 and then won all of his fights for the next five years except for a single draw; Sporting a record of 136-1-1, he lost for the second time in 1948; In a career of 242 bouts, Pep lost but eleven times and had the lone draw

    Herb Goldman ranked Pep as the #3 All-Time Featherweight; Nat Fleischer ranked him as the #7 All-Time Featherweight; Charley Rose ranked him as the #10 All-Time Featherweight; Pep was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1963 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990

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    *** AMATEUR BOUTS ***
    1938
    -Pep won the Amateur Flyweight Championship of Connecticut

    1939
    -Pep won the Amateur Bantamweight Championship of Connecticut


    *** PROFESSIONAL BOUTS ***


    1940
    Jul 3 James McGovern Hartford, Ct W 4
    Jul 25 Joey Marcus Hartford, Ct W 4
    Aug 8 Joey Wasnick New Haven, Ct KO 3
    Aug 29 Tommy Burns Hartford, Ct KO 1
    Sep 5 Joey Marcus New Britain, Ct KO 1
    Sep 19 Jack Moore Hartford, Ct W 6
    Oct 3 Jimmy Riche Waterbury, Ct KO 3
    Nov 22 Carlo Duponde New Britain, Ct KO 6
    Nov 29 Frank Topazio New Britain, Ct KO 6
    Dec 6 Jim Mutane New Britain, Ct KO 2

    1941
    Jan 28 Augie Almeda New Haven, Ct KO 6
    Feb 3 Joe Echevarria Holyoke, Ma W 6
    Feb 10 Don Lyons Holyoke, Ma KO 2
    Feb 17 Ruby Garcia Holyoke, Ma W 6
    Mar 3 Ruby Garcia Holyoke, Ma W 6
    Mar 25 Marty Shapiro Hartford, Ct W 6
    Mar 31 Joey Gatto Holyoke, Ma KO 2
    Apr 14 Henry Vasquez Holyoke, Ma W 6
    Apr 22 "Mexican" Joey Silva Hartford, Ct W 6
    May 6 Lou Puglose Hartford, Ct KO 2
    May 12 John Cockfield Holyoke, Ma W 6
    Jun 24 Eddie DeAngelis Hartford, Ct KO 3
    Jul 16 Jimmy Gilligan Hartford, Ct W 8
    Aug 1 Harry Hitlian Manchester, Ct W 6
    Aug 5 Paul Frechette Hartford, Ct KO 3
    Aug 12 Eddie Flores Thompsonville, Mi KO 1
    Sep 26 Jackie Harris New Haven, Ct KO 1
    Oct 10 Carlos Manzana New Haven, Ct W 8
    Oct 22 Connie Savoie Hartford, Ct KO 2
    Nov 7 Billy Spencer Los Angeles, Ca W 4
    Nov 24 Dave Crawford Holyoke, Ma W 8
    Dec 12 Ruby Garcia New York, NY W 4

    1942
    Jan 8 Joey Rivers Fall River, Ma KO 4
    Jan 16 Sammy Parrota New York, NY W 4
    Jan 27 Abie Kaufman Hartford, Ct W 8
    Feb 10 Angelo Callura Hartford, Ct W 8
    Feb 24 Willie Roach Hartford, Ct W 8
    Mar 18 Johnny Compo New Haven, Ct W 8
    Apr 14 Spider Armstrong Hartford, Ct KO 4
    May 4 Curley Nichols New Haven, Ct W 8
    May 12 Aaron Seltzer Hartford, Ct W 8
    May 26 Joey Iannotti Hartford, Ct W 8
    Jun 23 Joey Archibald Hartford, Ct W 10
    Jul 21 Abe Denner Hartford, Ct W 12
    -Featherweight Championship of New England
    Aug 1 "Mexican" Joey Silva Waterbury, Ct TK 7
    Aug 10 Pedro Hernandez Hartford, Ct W 10
    Aug 20 Nat Litfin West Haven, Ct W 10
    Sep 1 Bobby "Poison" Ivy Hartford, Ct TK 10
    Sep 10 Frank Franconeri New York, NY TK 1
    Sep 22 Vince Dell'Orto Hartford, Ct W 10
    Oct 5 Bobby McIntire Holyoke, Ma W 10
    Oct 16 Joey Archibald Providence, RI W 10
    Oct 27 George Zengaras Hartford, Ct W 10
    Nov 20 Albert "Chalky" Wright New York, NY W 15
    -Featherweight Championship of the World
    Dec 14 Joe Aponte Torres Washington DC KO 7
    Dec 21 "Mexican" Joey Silva Jacksonville, Fl TK 9

    1943
    Jan 4 Vince Dell'Orto New Orleans, La W 10
    Jan 19 Bill Speary Hartford, Ct W 10
    Jan 29 Allie Stolz New York, NY W 10
    Feb 11 Davey Crawford Boston, Ma W 10
    Feb 15 Bill Speary Baltimore, Ma W 10
    Mar 2 Lou Transparenti Hartford, Ct KO 6
    Mar 19 Sammy Angott New York, NY L 10
    Mar 29 Bobby McIntire Detroit, Mi W 10
    Apr 9 Sal Bartolo Boston, Ma W 10
    Apr 19 Angel Aviles Tampa, Fl W 10
    Apr 26 Jackie Wilson Pittsburgh, Pa W 12
    Jun 8 Sal Bartolo Boston, Ma W 15
    -Featherweight Championship of the World

    1944
    Apr 4 Leo Francis Hartford, Ct W 10
    Apr 20 Harold "Snooks" Lacey New Haven, Ct W 10
    May 1 Jackie Leamus Philadelphia, Pa W 10
    May 19 Frankie Rubino Chicago, Il W 10
    May 23 Joey Bagnato Buffalo, NY KO 2
    Jun 6 Julie Kogan Hartford, Ct W 10
    Jul 7 Willie Joyce Chicago, Il W 10
    Jul 17 Manuel Ortiz Boston, Ma W 10
    Aug 4 Lulu Constantino Waterbury, Ct W 10
    Aug 29 Joey Peralta Springfield, Ma W 10
    Sep 19 Charley "Cabey" Lewis Hartford, Ct TK 8
    Sep 29 Albert "Chalky" Wright New York, NY W 15
    -Featherweight Championship of the World
    Oct 25 Jackie Leamus Montreal, Que, Can W 10
    Nov 14 Charley "Cabey" Lewis Hartford, Ct W 10
    Nov 27 Pedro Hernandez Washington, DC W 10
    Dec 5 Albert "Chalky" Wright Cleveland, Oh W 10

    1945
    Jan 23 Ralph Walton Hartford, Ct W 10
    Feb 5 Willie Roache New Haven, Ct W 10
    Feb 19 Phil Terranova New York, NY W 15
    -Featherweight Championship of the World
    Oct 30 Paulie Jackson Hartford, Ct W 8
    Nov 5 Mike Martyk Buffalo, NY TK 5
    Nov 26 Eddie Giosa Boston, Ma W 10
    Dec 5 Harold Gibson Lewiston, Me W 10
    Dec 13 Jimmy McAllister Baltimore, Md D 10

    1946
    Jan 15 Johnny Virgo Buffalo, NY KO 2
    Feb 13 Jimmy Joyce Buffalo, NY W 10
    Mar 1 Jimmy McAllister New York, NY KO 2
    Mar 26 Jackie Wilson Kansas City, Mo W 10
    Apr 8 George Knox Providence, RI KO 3
    May 6 Ernie Petrone New Haven, Ct W 10
    May 13 Joey Angelo Providence, RI W 10
    May 22 Aponte Torres St. Louis, Mo W 10
    May 27 Jimmy Joyce Minneapolis, Mn W 8
    Jun 7 Sal Bartolo New York, NY KO 12
    -Featherweight Championship of the World
    Jul 10 Harold Gibson Buffalo, NY TK 5
    Jul 25 Jackie Graves Minneapolis, Mn TK 8
    Aug 26 Doll Rafferty Milwaukee, Wi KO 6
    Sep 4 Walter Kolby Buffalo, NY KO 5
    Sep 17 Lefty LaChance Hartford, Ct TK 3
    Nov 1 Paulie Jackson Minneapolis, Mn W 10
    Nov 15 Tomas Beato Waterbury, Ct KO 2
    Nov 27 Albert "Chalky" Wright Milwaukee, Wi KO 3

    1947
    Jun 17 Victor Flores Hartford, Ct W 10
    Jul 1 Joey Fortuna Albany, NY KO 5
    Jul 8 Leo LeBrun Norwalk, Ct W 8
    Jul 11 Jean Barriere North Adams, Ma KO 4
    Jul 15 Paulie Jackson New Bedford, Ct W 10
    Jul 23 Humberto Sierra Hartford, Ct W 10
    Aug 22 Jock Leslie Flint, Mi KO 12
    -Featherweight Championship of the World
    Oct 21 Jean Barriere Portland, Me KO 1
    Oct 27 Archie Wilmer Philadelphia, Pa W 10
    Dec 22 Alvara Estrada Lewiston, Me W 10
    Dec 30 Lefty LaChance Manchester, Ct TK 8

    1948
    Jan 6 Pedro Biesca Hartford, Ct W 10
    Jan 12 Jimmy McAllister St. Louis, Mo W 10
    Jan 19 Joey Angelo Boston, Ma W 10
    Feb 24 Humberto Sierra Miami, Fl TK 10
    -Featherweight Championship of the World
    May 7 Leroy Willis Detroit, Mi W 10
    May 19 Charley "Cabey" Lewis Milwaukee, Wi W 10
    Jun 17 Miguel Acevedo Minneapolis, Mn W 10
    Jun 25 Luther Burgess Flint, Mi W 10
    Jul 28 Young Junior Utica, NY KO 1
    Aug 3 Teddy "Red Top" Davis Hartford, Ct W 10
    Aug 17 Teddy "Red Top" Davis Hartford, Ct W 10
    Sep 2 Johnny Dell Waterbury, Ct TK 8
    Sep 10 Paddy DeMarco New York, NY W 10
    Oct 12 Chuck Burton Jersey City, NJ W 8
    Oct 19 John LaRusso Hartford, Ct W 10
    Oct 29 Sandy Saddler New York, NY LK 4
    -Featherweight Championship of the World
    Dec 20 Hermie Freeman Boston, Ma W 10

    1949
    Jan 17 Teddy "Red Top" Davis St. Louis, Mo W 10
    Feb 11 Sandy Saddler New York, NY W 15
    -Featherweight Championship of the World
    Apr 27 Ellis Ask Detroit, Mi EX 4
    May 25 Mel Hammond St. Paul, Mn EX 4
    Jun 6 Luis Ramos New Haven, Ct W 10
    Jun 14 Al Pennino Pittsfield, Ma W 10
    Jun 20 John LaRusso Springfield, Ma W 10
    Jul 12 Jean Mougin Syracuse, NY W 10
    Sep 2 Miguel Acevedo Chicago, Il EX 4
    Sep 20 Eddie Campo Waterbury, Ct TK 7
    -Featherweight Championship of the World
    Dec 12 Harold Dade St. Louis, Mo W 10

    1950
    Jan 16 Charley Riley St. Louis, Mo KO 5
    -Featherweight Championship of the World
    Feb 6 Roy Andrews Boston, Ma W 10
    Feb 22 Jimmy Warren Miami, Fl W 10
    Mar 17 Ray Famechon New York, NY W 15
    -Featherweight Championship of the World
    May 15 Art Llanos Hartford, Ct KO 2
    Jun 1 Terry Young Milwaukee, Wi W 10
    Jun 26 Bobby Timpson Hartford, Ct W 10
    Jul 25 Bobby Bell Washington, DC W 10
    Aug 2 Proctor Heinold Scranton, Pa W 10
    Sep 8 Sandy Saddler Bronx, NY LT 8
    -Featherweight Championship of the World

    1951
    Jan 30 Tommy Baker Hartford, Ct TK 4
    Feb 26 Billy Hogan Sarasota, Fl KO 2
    Mar 5 Carlos Chavez New Orleans, La W 10
    Mar 26 Pat Iacobucci Miami, Fl W 10
    Apr 17 Baby Ortiz St. Louis, Mo TK 5
    Apr 27 Eddie Chavez San Francisco, Ca W 10
    Jun 4 Jesus Compos Baltimore, Md W 10
    Sep 4 Corky Gonzalez New Orleans, La W 10
    Sep 26 Sandy Saddler New York, NY LT 9
    -Featherweight Championship of the World

    1952
    Apr 29 Santiago Gonzalez Tampa, Fl W 10
    May 5 Kenny Leach Colombus, Ga W 10
    May 10 Buddy Baggett Aiken, SC KO 5
    May 21 Claude Hammond Miami Beach, Fl W 10
    Jun 30 Tommy Collins Boston, Ma LT 6
    Sep 3 Billy Lima Pensacola, Fl W 10
    Sep 11 Bobby Woods Vancouver, BC, Can W 10
    Oct 1 Armand Savoie Chicago, Il W 10
    Oct 20 Billy Lima Jacksonville, Fl W 10
    Nov 5 Manny Castro Miami Beach, Fl TK 5
    Nov 19 Fabala Chavez St. Louis, Mo W 10
    Dec 5 Jorge Sanchez West Palm Beach, Fl W 10

    1953
    Jan 19 Billy Lauderdale Nassau, Bahamas W 10
    Jan 27 Davey Mitchell Miami Beach, Fl W 10
    Feb 10 Jose Alvarez San Antonio, Tx W 10
    Mar 31 Joey Gambino Tampa, Fl W 10
    Apr 7 Noel Paquette Miami Beach, Fl W 10
    May 13 Jackie Blair Dallas, Tx W 10
    Jun 5 Pat Marcune New York, NY TK 10
    Nov 21 Sonny Luciano Charlotte, NC W 10
    Dec 4 Davey Allen West Palm Beach, Fl W 10
    Dec 8 Billy Lima Houston, Tx KO 2
    Dec 15 Tony Longo Miami Beach, Fl W 10

    1954
    Jan 19 David Seabrooke Jacksonville, Fl W 10
    Feb 26 Lulu Perez New York, NY LT 2
    -Some sources report that Pep took a "dive"
    Jul 24 Mike Turcotte Mobile, Al W 10
    Aug 18 Til LeBlanc Moncton, NB, Can W 10
    Nov 1 Mario Colon Dayton Beach, Fl W 10

    1955
    Mar 11 Myrel Olmstead Bennington, Vt W 10
    Mar 22 Charley Titone Holyoke, Ma W 10
    Mar 30 Gil Cadilli Parks Air Force Base, Ca L 10
    May 18 Gil Cadilli Detroit, Mi W 10
    Jun 1 Joey Cam Boston, Ma TK 4
    Jun 14 Mickey Mars Miami Beach, Fl TK 7
    Jul 12 Hector Rodriguez Bridgeport, Ct W 10
    Sep 13 Jimmy Ithia Hartford, Ct TK 6
    Sep 27 Henry "Pappy" Gault Holyoke, Ma W 10
    Oct 10 Charley Titone Brockton, Ma W 10
    Nov 29 Henry "Pappy" Gault Tampa, Fl W 10
    Dec 12 Lee Carter Houston, Tx KO 4
    Dec 28 Andy Arel Miami Beach, Fl W 10

    1956
    Mar 13 Kid Campeche Tampa, Fl W 10
    Mar 27 Buddy Baggett Beaumont, Tx W 10
    Apr 17 Jackie Blair Hartford, Ct W 10
    May 22 Manuel Armenteros San Antonio, Tx TK 7
    Jun 19 Russ Tague Miami Beach, Fl W 10
    Jul 4 Hector Bacquettes Lawton, Ok KO 4

    1957
    Apr 23 Cesar Morales Fort Lauderdale, Fl W 10
    May 10 Manny Castro Florence, SC W 10
    Jul 16 Manny Castro El Paso, Tx W 10
    Jul 23 Russ Tague Houston, Tx W 10
    Dec 17 Jimmy Connors Boston, Ma W 10

    1958
    Jan 14 Tommy Tibbs Boston, Ma L 10
    Mar 31 Prince Johnson Holyoke, Ma W 10
    Apr 8 George Stephany Bristol, Tn W 10
    Apr 14 Cleo Ortiz Providence, RI W 10
    Apr 29 Jimmy Kelly Boston, Ma W 10
    May 20 Bobby Singleton Boston, Ma W 10
    Jun 23 Pat McCoy New Bedford, Ct W 10
    Jul 1 Bobby Soares Athol, Ma W 10
    Jul 17 Bobby Bell Norwood, Ma W 10
    Aug 4 Luis Ramona Presque Isle, Me W 10
    Aug 9 Jesse Rodrigues Painesville, Oh W 10
    Aug 26 Al Duarte North Adams, Ma W 10
    Sep 20 Hogan "Kid" Bassey Boston, Ma LT 9

    1959
    Jan 26 Sonny Leon Caracas, Venezuela L 10
    Jan 27 -Pep announced his retirement from the ring
    (only to return later)

    1965
    Jan 28 Jerry Powers Miami, Fl EX 4
    Mar 12 Hal McKeever Miami, Fl W 8
    Apr 26 Jackie Lennon Philadelphia, Pa W 6
    May 21 Johnny Gilmore Norwalk, Ct W 6
    May 28 "Irish" Bob Shaughnessy EX 4
    Jul 26 Benny Randell Quebec City, Que, Can W 10
    Sep 28 Johnny Gilmore Philadelphia, Pa W 10
    Oct 1 Willie Little Johnston, NY KO 3
    Oct 4 Tommy Haden Providence, RI TK 4
    Oct 14 Sergio Musquiz Phoenix, Az KO 5
    Oct 25 Ray Coleman Tucson, Az KO 5

    1966
    Mar 16 Calvin Woodland Richmond, Va L 6

    1971
    Sep 11 Sandy Saddler Westchester, NY SCH
    -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

    1973
    Mar 8 Sandy Saddler New York, NY EX

    1975
    Bobby Krystopa Meriden, Ct EX
    Billy Graham in Connecticut EX
    Billy Graham Orange, NJ EX


    Record Courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization

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    Willie Pep 1922-2006; Boxing Hall of Fame
    By Media Report (Nov 24, 2006)

    NOVEMBER 24, 2006 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of two-time featherweight champion Willie Pep. He passed away peacefully yesterday at the age of 84.

    Pep was born Guiglermo Papaleo on September 19, 1922 in Middleton, CT. Hebegan boxing in 1940 and would compete professionally for 26 years. During a remarkable career Pep reigned twice as featherweight champion of the world (1942-48, 1949-50). He compiled an amazing 230-11-1 (65 KOs) record that includes wins

    over Hall of Famers Manuel Ortiz, 'Chalky' Wright and four-time rival Sandy Saddler. Celebrated the world over for his defensive and tactical abilities, the slick-boxing Pep once even won a round without throwing a punch. In 1945 he was named 'Fighter of the Year.'

    "Willie Pep defined the essence of boxing - hit and not get hit," said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. "'The Will o' the Wisp' left an indelible mark on the sport of boxing and the Hall of Fame joins the entire boxing community in mourning the loss of a legend."

    In 1990, Pep was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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    Pep regarded as one of the pound-for-pound greats
    By Lee Groves
    MaxBoxing.com

    In the ring, Willie Pep was known as the "Will O' the Wisp," but even he couldn't elude the one opponent that ultimately claims us all.

    Pep, a Hall of Fame boxer who reportedly had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, died Thursday in Rocky Hill, Conn., at age 84.

    Most historians rate Pep (230-11-1, 65 KOs) as one of the greatest fighters pound-for-pound who has ever lived, and his work inside the ropes will forever be cherished by those who love the sport.

    Little Big Men: Willie Pep
    The man who scissored his given name of "Papaleo" into the pallindromic "Pep" was boxing's version of the three-card monte player: Now you see him, now you don't.
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    Pep is generally regarded as one of history's greatest defensive wizards, and the most famous piece of lore connected with his ability occurred on July 25, 1946, when he boxed a 10-rounder against Jackie Graves in Minneapolis. The story goes that Pep told sportswriters to watch the third round because he was not going to throw a punch.

    "I went out and bobbed and weaved and made him miss all throughout that round, and making him miss he looked so foolish," Pep recalled in Peter Heller's book "In This Corner."

    "He missed a hundred punches, I guess, making him look so bad they gave me the round," Pep said. He went on to win the bout by TKO in the eighth round.

    The Middletown, Conn., native dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue a boxing career. As an amateur, he was 62-3, winning two Connecticut state championships, one as a flyweight in 1938 and the other as a bantamweight in 1939. One of his most noteworthy amateur bouts took place in Norwich, Conn., against a man who fought under the pseudonym of Ray Roberts. Weighing just 105 pounds, Pep lost a three-round decision to the featherweight Roberts, who would eventually be known as Sugar Ray Robinson.

    Pep turned professional in July 1940 and enjoyed incredible success. He ended 1940 with 11 straight victories and added 22 more in 1941. Pep's ranking rose as the victories piled up, and in 1942 he scored decisions over top contenders Joey Archibald (twice) and Pedro Hernandez to earn a crack at Chalky Wright's world featherweight title. On Nov. 20, 1942, Pep became the youngest man in four decades to capture the 126-pound title when he decisioned Wright in New York.

    As featherweight champion, Pep maintained his busy schedule by taking on scores of non-title fights. On March 19, 1943, Pep's 63-fight winning streak was snapped after losing a decision to lightweight contender (and future champion) Sammy Angott. Over the next four-and-a-half years, Pep would win his next 73 fights including title defenses against Sal Bartolo (W 15), Wright (W 15), Phil Terranova (W 15), Bartolo (KO 12), Jock Leslie (KO 12) and Humberto Sierra (KO 10).

    During that second long victory string, Pep was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 14, 1945. (He was honorably discharged.) On Jan. 8, 1947, he suffered a broken leg and broken back in an airplane crash near Millville, N.J., that killed several others aboard the aircraft. Incredibly, Pep returned to training in May and was back in the ring on June 17 to win a 10-round decision against Victor Flores, rejecting a chance to cash in a generous insurance policy.

    On Oct. 29, 1948, in New York, Pep entered the ring against Sandy Saddler to begin what would become one of boxing's most storied rivalries. The bigger, stronger Saddler ended Pep's title reign (and his long victory string) by scoring a surprising fourth-round KO. The rematch on Feb. 11, 1949, saw Pep regain the title by unanimous decision in one of the sport's greatest exhibitions of boxing skill. The bout was named Ring magazine's 1949 Fight of the Year.

    "That was the greatest night of my life," Pep said in Heller's book. "I realized how great it was to be champion again. And I knew I won it from a good fighter."

    In his second reign as champion, Pep continued to sprinkle plenty of non-title bouts between his championship engagements, winning 12 such bouts and defending the title against Eddie Compo (KO 7), Charley Riley (KO 5) and Ray Famechon (W 15). On Sept. 8, 1950 at Yankee Stadium, Pep met Saddler for the third time and after seven rounds was ahead five rounds to two on two scorecards and 4-2-1 on the third. But Pep was unable to answer the bell for Round 8 due to a separated shoulder suffered at the end of the seventh.

    Following eight more wins, Pep met Saddler for the fourth and final time on Sept. 26, 1951, at the Polo Grounds in New York. In one of the most savagely foul-filled championship contests on record, Pep retired on the stool before the ninth due to a severe injury to his right eye. Pep would never again fight for the featherweight title, but he did receive a non-title crack at reigning 126-pound king Hogan "Kid" Bassey at the Boston Garden on Sept. 20, 1958. Pep, just one day past his 36th birthday, put together one last great boxing exhibition and was leading on two of the scorecards entering the ninth round. But Bassey's strength proved to be too much as he dropped Pep twice and scored the KO. After a 10-round loss to Victor Sonny Leon on Jan. 26, 1959, Pep stepped away from the game.

    But his retirement was not permanent. At age 42, Pep was working out with a fighter and the fight card's promoter was so impressed with Pep's work that he suggested a comeback to pay for expenses. After winning an eight-round decision over Harold McKeever, Pep decided to keep going, "just for kicks," and won his next eight fights over modest competition. On March 16, 1966, in Richmond, Va., the 43-year-old Pep ended his career with a six-round decision loss to Calvin Woodland.

    Pep finished his 26-year pro career with a record of 230-11-1 with 65 knockouts, and the 230 wins represent the most ever compiled by a world champion. Upon retirement, Pep worked as a referee (most notably for the Johnny Famechon-Fighting Harada featherweight title fight), an inspector and a sports columnist. Pep was one of the charter enshrinees when the International Boxing Hall of Fame opened in 1990 and for years afterward was one of the induction weekend's most popular attendees.

    Rest in peace, champ. You will never be forgotten.

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    An Homage to Willie Pep

    I recently wrote the following on Pep:

    Willie Pep turned pro in July 1940 at age 17. He won the featherweight title in November 1942 with a W15 over Chalky Wright. Talk about staying busy - at that time, Pep had a record of 54-0. Wright's record was 131-30-15. That's what I call a title fight.

    At 63-0, in 1943 Pep lost his first fight, a non title fight at lightweight. Weighing only 130 pounds, Pep lost a 10 round decision to 134.5 pound 70-16-5 Sammy Angott, a fighter who usually fought in the lightweight, junior welter, and later welter weight range. Pep would not lose again until 1948.

    In late 1946, Pep was a passenger in a plane crash that killed and badly injured a number of people. Although doctors said that he would never box again, Willie was back in the ring again five months later.

    After holding the title for almost six years and fighting anyone and everyone, at age 26 in October 1948, with a record of 135-1-1, Pep lost his world featherweight title via KOby4 to Sandy Saddler, then 85-6-2. In 1949, Pep won back the title with a W15 over Saddler in what was called the fight of the year. The following year, Pep would be stopped by Saddler, and woud lose to him once more in 1951.

    Pep continued fighting until 1959, took a hiatus, came back in 1965, and retired in 1966 with a career pro record of 230-11-1 with 65 KOs.

    Although not the most powerful fighter, Willie Pep was a smooth boxer with beautiful footwork, excellent speed and timing, good sense of range, smooth head movement, and was always very relaxed. One of the greatest featherweights of all time.

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    I met Pep at a boxing function in 1994 and found him to be a humble, quiet and polite man. This combined with his very small stature made it hard to believe he was a veteran of so many ring wars and unquestionably one of the greatest fighters ever. I feel honoured to have met him.

    Rest in Peace Willie.

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    Re: R.I.P. Willie Pep

    Who is the oldest living former world champion...Jake LaMotta?

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    Willie Pep vs Sandy Saddler....1951




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    Willie Pep & Babe Ruth


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    R.I.P. Willie Pep


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    He has to be the greatest pure boxer ever.
    Rocky Marciano told a story of Pep on "The Main Event" as to how when Pep was a kid he would get the bullies to chase and and he would lead them into a doorway and then smash the door in their faces.
    I guess that was the start of his hit and not get hit practice.
    RIP Champ.
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    RIP willie pep.

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