Johnny Dundee

Johnny Dundee

Johnny Dundee
Statistics
Real name Giuseppe Curreri
Nickname(s) Scotch Wop
Rated at Lightweight
Height 5 ft 4 12 in (1.64 m)
Reach 63 in (160 cm)
Nationality American
Born November 19, 1893
Sciacca, Sicily,
Died April 22, 1965
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 333
Wins 197
Wins by KO 17
Losses 76
Draws 45
No contests 15

Johnny "Scotch Wop" Dundee (November 19, 1893 – April 22, 1965) was a Bert Sugar placed him 32nd in his Top 100 Fighters catalogue.[2][3] Dundee was elected to the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1957 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.[4]

Contents

  • Professional career 1
    • World featherweight champion 1.1
    • Later career 1.2
  • Legacy 2
  • Notable bouts 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Professional career

World featherweight champion

Dundee earned a world title fight in his 87th fight and fought to a draw with featherweight champion , was disqualified in the fifth round. Dundee earned the distinction of being the first universally recognized junior lightweight champion in history. Then in 1922 he knocked out Danny Frush to earn recognition in New York State as the featherweight champion of the world.

Dundee successfully defended his junior lightweight crown three times before losing it to Jack Bernstein in 1923. Two fights later he unified the featherweight title by defeating Eugene Criqui and finished 1923 by regaining the junior lightweight title in a rematch with Bernstein.

Later career

Dundee lost the junior lightweight title to Steve Sullivan in June 1924 and then relinquished the featherweight crown two months later. The last significant fight of his career was in 1927 when he challenged featherweight champion Tony Canzoneri but lost a 15-round decision. Dundee finally retired in 1932 after posting a six-round decision over Mickey Greb.

Legacy

Dundee faced all of the great fighters in the featherweight, junior-lightweight, and lightweight divisions of his era. He fought the great Benny Leonard nine times, Lew Tendler three times, and boxed lightweight champions Freddie Welsh and Willie Ritchie.

Dundee was regarded as a skillful boxer with great footwork. During his career he had 330 bouts and won featherweight and junior lightweight titles. Only two fighters in history, Len Wickwar (463) and Jack Britton (350) had more fights than Dundee. Perhaps more remarkable was that Dundee was knocked out only twice in his long career.

Notable bouts

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[5]
Loss Tony Canzoneri UD 15 1927-10-24 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss Jack Bernstein PTS 15 1924-09-15 Queensboro Stadium, Queens, New York
Loss Sammy Mandell NWS 10 1924-06-09 Open-Air Arena, East Chicago, Indiana Newspaper Decision
Loss Rocky Kansas UD 10 1924-04-21 Broadway Auditorium, New York, Buffalo
Win Jack Bernstein SD 10 1923-12-17 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won World Junior Lightweight Title.
Win Eugène Criqui PTS 15 1923-07-26 Polo Grounds, New York, New York Won World Featherweight Title.
Loss Jack Bernstein UD 15 1923-05-30 Coney Island Velodrome, Brooklyn, New York Lost World Junior Lightweight Title.
Loss Charley White NWS 10 1922-06-27 Rock Island, Illinois Newspaper Decision
Loss Lew Tendler UD 15 1922-05-05 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win Charley White PTS 15 1922-03-17 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss Charley White SD 10 1922-01-16 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win George KO Chaney DQ 5 (15) 1921-11-18 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won World Junior Lightweight Title.
Draw Charley White PTS 10 1921-08-10 Boxing Drome, Bronx, New York
Win George KO Chaney NWS 8 1921-07-18 Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Win George KO Chaney PTS 10 1921-06-10 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win Rocky Kansas NWS 10 1921-04-26 Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Newspaper Decision
Loss Benny Leonard NWS 8 1920-02-09 4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Win Charley White NWS 10 1919-11-26 Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Newspaper Decision
Loss Benny Leonard NWS 8 1919-09-17 1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Loss Benny Leonard NWS 6 1919-06-16 Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Loss Benny Leonard NWS 8 1919-01-20 1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Draw Rocky Kansas PTS 12 1918-09-10 Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win George KO Chaney NWS 6 1918-03-09 National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Win George KO Chaney NWS 6 1917-11-19 Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Loss Lew Tendler NWS 6 1917-10-01 Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw George KO Chaney NWS 6 1917-07-12 Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Win Rocky Kansas PTS 12 1917-05-29 Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss Lew Tendler NWS 6 1917-03-26 Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Loss Benny Leonard NWS 6 1916-11-15 Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw Benny Leonard NWS 6 1916-11-15 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Win Matt Wells PTS 12 1916-05-16 Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Draw Benny Leonard NWS 6 1916-03-08 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss Joe Mandot PTS 20 1916-02-21 Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Win Matt Wells PTS 12 1915-12-10 Italian Riverside Club, New Haven, Connecticut
Win Willie Ritchie NWS 10 1915-10-26 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Draw Joe Mandot NWS 10 1915-09-23 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York Newspaper Decision
Win Rocky Kansas NWS 10 1915-05-03 Broadway Auditorium, New York, Buffalo Newspaper Decision
Win Benny Leonard NWS 10 1915-03-02 135th Street A.C., New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Draw Joe Mandot PTS 20 1915-02-14 McDonoughville Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Draw Willie Ritchie PTS 4 1914-10-23 Coffroth's Arena, San Francisco, California
Loss Joe Mandot NWS 10 1914-07-04 Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana Newspaper Decision
Win George KO Chaney NWS 6 1914-04-20 Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw Matty Baldwin PTS 12 1914-04-14 Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss Rocky Kansas NWS 10 1914-02-24 Broadway Auditorium, New York, Buffalo Newspaper Decision
Loss Freddie Welsh NWS 10 1914-01-01 Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana Newspaper Decision
Win Charley White NWS 10 1913-11-27 Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana Newspaper Decision
Draw Johnny Kilbane PTS 20 1913-04-29 Vernon Arena, Vernon, California For World Featherweight Title.
Loss Johnny Kilbane NWS 10 1912-09-04 St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss Charley White NWS 10 1912-04-30 Alhambra, Syracuse, New York Newspaper Decision
Win Frankie Fleming NWS 10 1911-06-10 Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York Newspaper Decision
Win Frankie Fleming NWS 10 1911-06-10 Olympia A.C., New York, New York Newspaper Decision

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Featherweight Rankings". BoxRec. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ All-Time Featherweight Rankings IBROresearch.com Retrieved on 2014-04-29
  3. ^ Bert Randolph Sugar (2005). Boxing's Greatest Fighters. Lyons Press.  
  4. ^ Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Johnny Dundee CyberBoxingZone.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  5. ^ Johnny Dundee's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

External links

  • Professional boxing record for Johnny Dundee from BoxRec
Achievements
Inaugural Champion World Junior Lightweight Champion
November 18, 1921 – December 23, 1923
Succeeded by
Jack Bernstein
Preceded by
Eugène Criqui
World Featherweight Champion
July 26, 1923 – August 1923
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kid Kaplan
Preceded by
Jack Bernstein
World Junior Lightweight Champion
December 17, 1923 – June 20, 1924
Succeeded by
Steve Sullivan