Willie Pep

Willie Pep

Willie Pep
Statistics
Real name Guglielmo Papaleo
Nickname(s) Will o' the Wisp
Rated at Featherweight
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Reach 68 in (173 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1922-09-19)September 19, 1922
Middletown, Connecticut, United States
Died November 23, 2006(2006-11-23) (aged 84)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 241
Wins 229
Wins by KO 65
Losses 11
Draws 1
No contests 0

Guglielmo Papaleo (September 19, 1922 – November 23, 2006) was an

Achievements
Preceded by
Sal Bartolo
World Featherweight Champion
June 6, 1946–October 10, 1948
Succeeded by
Sandy Saddler
Preceded by
Sandy Saddler
World Featherweight Champion
February 2, 1949–September 9, 1950
Succeeded by
Sandy Saddler
Awards
Preceded by
Beau Jack
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1945
Succeeded by
Tony Zale

External links

  1. ^ "AP Fighters of the Century List". Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  2. ^ "IBRO Rankings". Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  3. ^ Pep, Willie and Robert Sacchi. (2008) "Willie Pep Remembers Friday's Heroes", 5-6. Arborhouse, Bloomington, IN. ISBN 978-1-4343-0182-6
  4. ^ Stanley, Bill. "The night Willie Pep fought Sugar Ray Robinson", "The Day", New London, 20 October 2002. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  5. ^ Pep, Willie and Robert Sacchi. (2008) "Willie Pep Remembers Friday's Heroes", 7. Arborhouse, Bloomington, IN. ISBN 978-1-4343-0182-6
  6. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/Willie_Pep_vs._Sandy_Saddler_(3rd_meeting)
  7. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/Sandy_Saddler_vs._Willie_Pep_(4th_meeting)
  8. ^ Myler, Thomas (2006), The Sweet Science Goes Sour: How Scandal Brought Boxing To Its Knees, Vancouver: Greystone Books, p. 34,  .
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ http://articles.courant.com/2006-11-25/news/0611240963_1_william-papaleo-willie-pep-wife-international-boxing-hall
  11. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2352396/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt
  12. ^ Stradley, Don (April 2007), "Willie Pep: 1922-2006", The Ring 86 (4): 71 

References

229 Wins (65 knockouts, 164 decisions), 11 Losses, 1 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 229–11–1 Calvin Woodland UD 6 1966-03-16 City Arena, Richmond, Virginia, United States
Win 229–10–1 Ray Coleman KO 5 (8) 1965-10-25 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 228–10–1 Sergio Musquiz TKO 5 (10) 1965-10-14 Sportatorium, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 227–10–1 Tommy Haden TKO 3 (10) 1965-10-04 Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 226–10–1 Willie Little TKO 3 (10) 1965-10-01 War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 225–10–1 Johnny Gilmore UD 6 1965-09-28 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 224–10–1 Benny Red Randall UD 10 1965-07-26 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Win 223–10–1 Johnny Gilmore UD 6 1965-05-21 Crystal Arena, Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Win 222–10–1 Jackie Lennon UD 6 1965-04-26 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 221–10–1 Harold McKeever UD 8 1965-03-11 Little River Auditorium, Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 220–10–1 Sonny Leon UD 10 1959-01-26 Nuevo Circo, Caracas, Venezuela
Loss 220–9–1 Hogan Bassey TKO 9 (10) 1958-09-20 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 220–8–1 Al Duarte UD 10 1958-08-26 Glovers Bowl, North Adams, Massachusetts, United States
Win 219–8–1 Jesse Rodriguez UD 10 1958-08-09 Painesville, Ohio, United States
Win 218–8–1 Luis Carmona UD 10 1958-08-04 Presque Isle, Maine, United States
Win 217–8–1 Bobby Bell UD 10 1958-07-17 Norwood, Massachusetts, United States
Win 216–8–1 Bobby Soares UD 10 1958-07-01 Memorial Hall, Athol, Massachusetts, United States
Win 215–8–1 Pat McCoy UD 10 1958-06-23 Sargent Field, New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Win 214–8–1 Bobby Singleton UD 10 1958-05-20 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 213–8–1 Jimmy Kelly UD 10 1958-04-29 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 212–8–1 Cleo Ortiz UD 10 1958-04-14 Arcadia Ballroom, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 211–8–1 George Stephany UD 10 1958-04-08 Bristol, Connecticut, United States
Win 210–8–1 Prince Johnson UD 10 1958-03-31 Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 209–8–1 Tommy Tibbs SD 10 1958-01-14 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 209–7–1 Jimmy Connors UD 10 1957-12-17 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 208–7–1 Russell Tague UD 10 1957-07-23 Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, United States
Win 207–7–1 Manny Castro UD 10 1957-07-16 Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, United States
Win 206–7–1 Manny Castro UD 10 1957-05-10 Memorial Stadium, Florence, South Carolina, United States
Win 205–7–1 Cesar Morales UD 10 1957-04-23 War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 204–7–1 Hector Bacquettes TKO 5 (10) 1956-07-04 Roosevelt Stadium, Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
Win 203–7–1 Russell Tague UD 10 1956-06-19 Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 202–7–1 Manuel Armenteros RTD 6 (10) 1956-05-22 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 201–7–1 Jackie Blair UD 10 1956-04-17 State Theatre, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 200–7–1 Buddy Baggett UD 10 1956-03-27 Sportatorium, Beaumont, Texas, United States
Win 199–7–1 Kid Campeche UD 10 1956-03-16 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 198–7–1 Andy Arel UD 10 1955-12-28 Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 197–7–1 Leo Carter TKO 4 (8) 1955-12-13 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 196–7–1 Pappy Gault UD 10 1955-11-29 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 195–7–1 Charley Titone UD 10 1955-10-10 Maple Arena, Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Win 194–7–1 Pappy Gault UD 10 1955-09-27 Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 193–7–1 Jimmy Ithia TKO 6 (10) 1955-09-13 Hedges Stadium, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Win 192–7–1 Hector Rodriguez UD 10 1955-07-12 Hedges Stadium, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Win 191–7–1 Mickey Mars TKO 7 (10) 1955-06-14 Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 190–7–1 Joey Cam TKO 3 (10) 1955-06-01 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 189–7–1 Gil Cadilli UD 10 1955-05-18 Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Loss 188–7–1 Gil Cadilli SD 10 1955-03-30 San Francisco, California, United States
Win 188–6–1 Charley Titone UD 10 1955-03-22 Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 187–6–1 Merrill Olmstead UD 10 1955-03-11 Bennington, Vermont, United States
Win 186–6–1 Mario 'Eladio' Colon UD 10 1954-11-01 Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Win 185–6–1 Til LeBlanc UD 10 1954-08-18 Moncton Arena, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Win 184–6–1 Mike Tourcotte UD 10 1954-07-24 Hartwell Field, Mobile, Alabama, United States
Loss 183–6–1 Lulu Perez TKO 2 (10) 1954-02-26 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 183–5–1 Davey Seabrook UD 10 1954-01-19 Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 182–5–1 Tony Longo UD 10 1953-12-15 Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 181–5–1 Billy Lima KO 2 (10) 1953-12-08 City Auditorium, Houston, Texas, United States
Win 180–5–1 Davey Allen UD 10 1953-12-04 Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Win 179–5–1 Sonny Luciano UD 10 1953-11-21 Armory, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 178–5–1 Pat Marcune TKO 10 (10) 1953-06-05 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 177–5–1 Jackie Blair UD 10 1953-05-13 Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Win 176–5–1 Noel Paquette UD 10 1953-04-07 Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 175–5–1 Joey Gambino UD 10 1953-03-31 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 174–5–1 Pepe Alvarez UD 10 1953-02-10 Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 173–5–1 Dave Mitchell UD 10 1953-01-27 Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 172–5–1 Billy Lauderdale UD 10 1953-01-19 Nassau Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Win 171–5–1 Jorge Sanchez UD 10 1952-12-05 Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Win 170–5–1 Fabela Chavez UD 10 1952-11-19 Oakland Avenue Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 169–5–1 Manny Castro TKO 5 (10) 1952-11-05 Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 168–5–1 Billy Lima UD 10 1952-10-20 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 167–5–1 Armand Savoie UD 10 1952-10-01 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 166–5–1 Bobby Woods UD 10 1952-09-11 Denman Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 165–5–1 Billy Lima UD 10 1952-09-03 Legion Field, Pensacola, Florida, United States
Loss 164–5–1 Tommy Collins TKO 6 (10) 1952-06-30 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 164–4–1 Claude Hammond UD 10 1952-05-21 Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 163–4–1 Buddy Baggett KO 5 (10) 1952-05-10 Eustis Park, Aiken, South Carolina, United States
Win 162–4–1 Kenny Leach UD 10 1952-05-05 United States
Win 161–4–1 Santiago Gonzalez UD 10 1952-04-29 Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss 160–4–1 Sandy Saddler RTD 9 (15) 1951-09-26 Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, United States For World Featherweight Title
Win 160–3–1 Corky Gonzales UD 10 1951-09-04 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 159–3–1 Jesus Compos UD 10 1951-06-04 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 158–3–1 Eddie Chavez SD 10 1951-04-27 Cow Palace, Daly City, California, United States
Win 157–3–1 Baby Ortiz TKO 5 (10) 1951-04-17 Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 156–3–1 Pat Iacobucci UD 10 1951-03-26 Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 155–3–1 Carlos Chavez UD 10 1951-03-05 Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 154–3–1 Eddie Webb TKO 2 (10) 1951-02-26 Legion Coliseum, Sarasota, Florida, United States
Win 153–3–1 Tommy Baker TKO 4 (10) 1951-01-30 Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Loss 152–3–1 Sandy Saddler RTD 8 (15) 1950-09-08 Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, United States Lost World Featherweight Title
Win 152–2–1 Proctor Heinhold UD 10 1950-08-02 Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 151–2–1 Bobby Bell UD 10 1950-07-25 Griffith Stadium, Washington D.C., United States
Win 150–2–1 Bobby Timpson UD 10 1950-06-26 Outdoor Arena, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 149–2–1 Terry Young UD 10 1950-06-01 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 148–2–1 Asuncion Llanos KO 2 (10) 1950-05-15 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 147–2–1 Ray Famechon UD 15 1950-03-17 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Retained World Featherweight Title
Win 146–2–1 Jimmy Warren UD 10 1950-02-22 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 145–2–1 Roy Andrews UD 10 1950-02-06 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 144–2–1 Charley Riley KO 5 (15) 1950-01-16 Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States Retained World Featherweight Title
Win 143–2–1 Harold Dade UD 10 1949-12-12 Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 142–2–1 Eddie Compo TKO 7 (15) 1949-09-20 Municipal Stadium, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States Retained World Featherweight Title
Win 141–2–1 Jean Mougin UD 10 1949-07-12 MacArthur Stadium, Syracuse, New York, United States
Win 140–2–1 Johnny LaRusso UD 10 1949-06-20 Century Stadium, West Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win 139–2–1 Al Pennino UD 10 1949-06-14 Wahconah Park, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win 138–2–1 Luis Ramos UD 10 1949-06-06 New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 137–2–1 Sandy Saddler UD 15 1949-02-11 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Won World Featherweight Title
1949 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
Win 136–2–1 Teddy Davis UD 10 1949-01-17 Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 135–2–1 Hermie Freeman UD 10 1948-12-20 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 134–2–1 Sandy Saddler KO 4 (15) 1948-10-29 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Lost World Featherweight Title
Win 134–1–1 Johnny LaRusso UD 10 1948-10-19 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 133–1–1 Chuck Burton UD 8 1948-10-12 Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Win 132–1–1 Paddy DeMarco UD 10 1948-09-10 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 131–1–1 Johnny Dell TKO 8 (10) 1948-09-02 Municipal Stadium, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 130–1–1 Teddy Davis UD 10 1948-08-17 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 129–1–1 Teddy Davis UD 10 1948-08-03 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 128–1–1 Young Junior KO 1 (10) 1948-07-28 Utica, New York, United States
Win 127–1–1 Luther Burgess UD 10 1948-06-25 Flint, Michigan, United States
Win 126–1–1 Miguel Acevedo UD 10 1948-06-17 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 125–1–1 Charley Cabey Lewis UD 10 1948-05-19 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 124–1–1 Leroy Willis UD 10 1948-05-07 Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 123–1–1 Humberto Sierra TKO 10 (15) 1948-02-24 Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida, United States Retained World Featherweight title
Win 122–1–1 Joey Angelo UD 10 1948-01-19 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 121–1–1 Jimmy McAllister UD 10 1948-01-12 Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 120–1–1 Pedro Biesca UD 10 1948-01-06 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 119–1–1 Lefty LaChance TKO 8 (10) 1947-12-30 Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
Win 118–1–1 Alvaro Estrada UD 10 1947-12-22 City Hall, Lewiston, Maine, United States
Win 117–1–1 Archie Wilmer MD 10 1947-10-27 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 116–1–1 Jean Barriere KO 1 (10) 1947-10-21 Portland, Maine, United States
Win 115–1–1 Jock Leslie KO 12 (15) 1947-08-22 Atwood Stadium, Flint, Michigan, United States Won Vacant World Featherweight Title
Win 114–1–1 Humberto Sierra UD 10 1947-07-23 Auditorium Outdoor Arena, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 113–1–1 Paulie Jackson UD 10 1947-07-15 New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Win 112–1–1 Jean Barriere KO 4 (10) 1947-07-11 North Adams, Massachusetts, United States
Win 111–1–1 Leo LeBron UD 8 1947-07-08 Crystal Arena, Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Win 110–1–1 Joey Fontana KO 5 (10) 1947-07-01 Hawkins Stadium, Albany, New York, United States
Win 109–1–1 Victor Flores UD 10 1947-06-17 Hartford, Connecticut, United States Pep's first bout, since he had suffered serious injuries in a plane crash.
Win 108–1–1 Chalky Wright KO 3 (10) 1946-11-27 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 107–1–1 Tomas Beato KO 2 (10) 1946-11-15 State Armory, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 106–1–1 Paulie Jackson UD 10 1946-11-01 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 105–1–1 Lefty LaChance TKO 3 (10) 1946-09-17 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 104–1–1 Walter Kolby TKO 5 (10) 1946-09-04 Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 103–1–1 Doll Rafferty KO 6 (10) 1946-08-26 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 102–1–1 Jackie Graves TKO 8 (10) 1946-07-25 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 101–1–1 Harold Gibson TKO 7 (10) 1946-07-10 Civic Stadium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 100–1–1 Sal Bartolo KO 12 (15) 1946-06-07 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Won NBA & NYSAC World featherweight title
Win 99–1–1 Jimmy Joyce UD 8 1946-05-27 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 98–1–1 Jose Aponte Torres UD 10 1946-05-22 Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 97–1–1 Joey Angelo UD 10 1946-05-13 Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 96–1–1 Ernie Petrone UD 10 1946-05-06 New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 95–1–1 Georgie Knox TKO 3 (10) 1946-04-08 Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 94–1–1 Jackie Wilson UD 10 1946-03-26 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 93–1–1 Jimmy McAllister KO 2 (10) 1946-03-01 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 92–1–1 Jimmy Joyce UD 10 1946-02-13 Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 91–1–1 Johnny Virgo KO 2 (10) 1946-01-15 Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Draw 90–1–1 Jimmy McAllister MD 10 1945-12-13 Baltimore Garden, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 90–1 Harold Gibson UD 10 1945-12-05 Lewiston Armory, Lewiston, Maine, United States
Win 89–1 Eddie Giosa UD 10 1945-11-26 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 88–1 Mike Martyk TKO 5 (10) 1945-11-05 Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 87–1 Paulie Jackson UD 8 1945-10-30 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 86–1 Phil Terranova UD 15 1945-02-19 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Retained NYSAC World featherweight title
Win 85–1 Willie Roache UD 10 1945-02-05 New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 84–1 Ralph Walton UD 10 1945-01-23 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 83–1 Chalky Wright UD 10 1944-12-05 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 82–1 Pedro Hernandez UD 10 1944-11-27 Uline Arena, Washington D.C., United States
Win 81–1 Charley Cabey Lewis UD 10 1944-11-14 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 80–1 Jackie Leamus UD 10 1944-10-25 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 79–1 Chalky Wright UD 15 1944-09-29 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Won NYSAC World featherweight title
Win 78–1 Charley Cabey Lewis TKO 8 (10) 1944-09-19 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 77–1 Joey Peralta UD 10 1944-08-28 West Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win 76–1 Lulu Costantino UD 10 1944-08-04 Municipal Stadium, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 75–1 Manuel Ortiz UD 10 1944-07-17 Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 74–1 Willie Joyce UD 10 1944-07-07 Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 73–1 Julie Kogon UD 10 1944-06-06 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 72–1 Joey Bagnato KO 2 (10) 1944-05-23 Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 71–1 Frankie Rubino UD 10 1944-05-19 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 70–1 Jackie Leamus UD 10 1944-05-01 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 69–1 Harold 'Snooks' Lacey UD 10 1944-04-20 New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 68–1 Leo Francis UD 10 1944-04-04 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 67–1 Sal Bartolo UD 15 1943-06-08 Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, United States Retained NYSAC World featherweight title
Win 66–1 Jackie Wilson UD 12 1943-04-26 Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 65–1 Angel Aviles UD 10 1943-04-19 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 64–1 Sal Bartolo SD 10 1943-04-09 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 63–1 Bobby McIntire UD 10 1943-03-29 Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Loss 62–1 Sammy Angott UD 10 1943-03-19 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 62–0 Lou Transparenti KO 6 (10) 1943-03-02 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 61–0 Bill Speary UD 10 1943-02-15 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 60–0 Davey Crawford UD 10 1943-02-11 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 59–0 Allie Stolz UD 10 1943-01-29 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 58–0 Bill Speary UD 10 1943-01-19 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 57–0 Vince Dell'Orto UD 10 1943-01-04 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 56–0 Joey Silva RTD 9 (10) 1942-12-21 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 55–0 Jose Aponte Torres TKO 7 (10) 1942-12-14 Turner's Arena, Washington D.C., United States
Win 54–0 Chalky Wright UD 15 1942-11-20 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Won NYSAC World featherweight title
1942 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
Win 53–0 George Zengaras UD 10 1942-10-27 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 52–0 Joey Archibald UD 10 1942-10-16 Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 51–0 Bobby McIntire UD 10 1942-10-05 Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 50–0 Vince Dell'Orto UD 10 1942-09-22 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 49–0 Frank Franconeri TKO 1 (8) 1942-09-10 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 48–0 Bobby Ivy TKO 10 (10) 1942-09-01 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 47–0 Nat Litfin UD 10 1942-08-20 White City Stadium, West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 46–0 Pedro Hernandez UD 10 1942-08-11 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 45–0 Joey Silva RTD 7 (8) 1942-08-01 Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 44–0 Abe Denner UD 12 1942-07-21 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Won USA New England featherweight title
Win 43–0 Joey Archibald UD 10 1942-06-23 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 42–0 Joey Iannotti UD 8 1942-05-26 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 41–0 Aaron Seltzer UD 8 1942-05-12 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 40–0 Curley Nichols UD 8 1942-05-04 New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 39–0 Spider Armstrong KO 4 (8) 1942-04-14 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 38–0 Johnny Compo UD 8 1942-03-18 New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 37–0 Willie Roache UD 8 1942-02-24 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 36–0 Angelo Callura UD 8 1942-02-10 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 35–0 Abie Kaufman UD 8 1942-01-27 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 34–0 Sammy Parotta UD 6 1942-01-16 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 33–0 Mexican Joe Rivers TKO 4 (8) 1942-01-08 Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Win 32–0 Ruby Garcia UD 6 1941-12-12 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 31–0 Davey Crawford UD 8 1941-11-24 Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 30–0 Buddy Spencer UD 6 1941-11-07 Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, United States
Win 29–0 Connie Savoie TKO 2 (8) 1941-10-21 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 28–0 Carlos Manzano UD 8 1941-10-09 New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 27–0 Jackie Harris TKO 1 (8) 1941-09-25 New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 26–0 Eddie Flores KO 1 (8) 1941-08-11 Carpet City Arena, Thompsonville, Connecticut, United States
Win 25–0 Paul Frechette TKO 3 (6) 1941-08-05 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 24–0 Jimmy Gilligan UD 8 1941-07-15 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 23–0 Eddie DeAngelis TKO 3 (8) 1941-06-24 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 22–0 Harry Hintlian UD 6 1941-06-19 Manchester, Connecticut, United States
Win 21–0 Johnny Cockfield UD 6 1941-05-12 Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 20–0 Lou Pugliese KO 2 (6) 1941-05-06 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 19–0 Joey Silva UD 6 1941-04-22 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 18–0 Henry Vasquez UD 6 1941-04-14 Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 17–0 Joey Gatto KO 2 (6) 1941-03-31 Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 16–0 Marty Shapiro UD 6 1941-03-25 Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 15–0 Ruby Garcia UD 6 1941-03-03 Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 14–0 Ruby Garcia UD 6 1941-02-17 Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 13–0 Don Lyons KO 2 (6) 1941-02-10 Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 12–0 Augie Almeda TKO 6 (6) 1941-01-28 New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 11–0 Joe Echevarria UD 6 1941-01-13 Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 10–0 Jim Mutane KO 2 (6) 1940-12-06 New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Win 9–0 Frank Topazio TKO 5 (6) 1940-11-29 New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Win 8–0 Carlo Daponde TKO 6 (6) 1940-11-22 New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Win 7–0 Jimmy McAllister UD 4 1940-10-24 New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 6–0 Jimmy Riche TKO 3 (6) 1940-10-03 Randolph-Clowes Stadium, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 5–0 Jack Moore UD 6 1940-09-19 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 4–0 Joey Marcus UD 4 1940-09-05 Randolph-Clowes Stadium, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 3–0 Tommy Burns TKO 1 (4) 1940-08-29 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 2–0 Joey Wasnick KO 3 (4) 1940-08-08 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 1–0 Joey Marcus UD 4 1940-07-25 Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Pep's professional debut.

Professional boxing record

There are claims that Pep won the third round in his fight against Jackie Graves in a fight on July 25, 1946, without throwing a punch. The 'no-punch' winning round is disputed out of claims that Pep threw a punch. Pep supposedly tipped off a few ringside reporters before the bout and told them he would win the third round without throwing 'a punch of anger.'[12]

Miscellaneous

Kris Kristofferson includes a reference to Willie Pep on his "This Old Road" album.

Willie Pep is mentioned in episode 4 of the second series of Broadchurch. "I'm a prizefighter. I'm Willie Pep. And Willie Pep never liked taking punches… Everything you need to know about a trial can be found in the boxing ring. Now, you study boxing, you'll see who Willie Pep is."

A motion picture about the Willie Pep is planned for 2016 starring James Madio in the main role.[11]

In the popular "Spenser" series by author Robert B. Parker, a regular character, Henry Cimoli, gym owner and friend of Spenser, is an ex-boxer who, in his youth fought Willie Pep. This fight is Cimoli's 'claim to fame' and is mentioned in most "Spenser" books when Cimoli is mentioned.

In the episode of the television series M*A*S*H, "The Kids" (Season 4, episode 8) where the camp plays host to a group of Korean orphans with a wounded pregnant woman, Father Mulcahy tells Frank Burns that during his amateur boxing career, "they wanted me in Willie Pep's stable."

References in popular culture

Willie Pep was voted as the Greatest Featherweight Ever by the Houston Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2014. The HBHOF is a voting body composed totally of current and former fighters.

Pep was ranked 5th on ESPN,s 50 Greatest Boxers Of All time list in 2007.

Pep was ranked 6th on Ring Magazine's list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years in 2002. Pep was also named the 3rd greatest fighter of all time by Bert Sugar.

In 1990, Pep was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame as a member of the Hall's original class. Pep, who enjoyed signing autographs for his fans, worked there as a volunteer alongside fellow former world champion boxer and friend Carmen Basilio.

Honors

As of March 2006, Pep resided at a nursing home in Connecticut, suffering from dementia pugilistica, before his death on November 23, 2006.[9] He is buried in Rocky Hill, CT. He left four children, William "Billy" Papaleo, Mary Papaleo, Michael Papaleo and Melissa Papaleo, and three stepchildren, April, L.J. and Holly Miller.[10]

In 1977, Pep was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Pep remained active in boxing after hanging up the gloves, serving as an inspector and referee.

After retiring, he and Saddler involved in a series of exhibition bouts, and in 1980, Pep sued Sports Illustrated for running a story suggesting that he threw his fight with Perez. Pep lost the lawsuit, the jury deliberating just 15 minutes.[8]

Post-career life

Pep had a record of 229 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw, with 65 wins by knockout.

Pep went on boxing for 5 more years, retiring in 1960, and then he came back in 1964 and boxed for two more years. During that last period of his boxing career, he won 43 bouts and lost only 5, but his only opponent of note during that time was Hogan Kid Bassey, a future World Featherweight Champion who knocked Pep out in nine rounds. Pep boxed in Venezuela, losing to Sonny Leon by a decision in ten, and in his last fight, in 1966, he lost to Calvin Woodland by a decision in six.

Pep won all 11 fights in 1953, and entered 1954 on a 17-fight winning streak. After beating David Seabrooke by a decision, he met fringe contender Lulu Perez and Pep lost by a knockout in two rounds. Pep ended up winning three more bouts before the end of the year.

In 1952, Pep had 12 fights, winning 11. He was knocked out in six by Tommy Collins, but also held two wins over Billy Lima that year.

1951 brought over a hint of controversy to Pep's life. He won eight bouts in a row to start the year, but his ninth bout, the last chapter of the rivalry with Saddler, was his most important bout that year. Pep quit because blood from his right eye was bothering him. According to Nat Fleischer in The Ring, December 1951, page 3, this was an extremely dirty fight, with "wrestling, heeling, eye gouging, tripping, thumbing- in fact every dirty trick known to the old timers.." Referee Ray Miller "let the bout get out of hand..." "The pattern of the 'contest' never varied. Pep wouldn't make a fight of it and Sandy couldn't. Pep too frequently backed around the ring and Saddler just as often missed as he kept boring in trying to corner his man. Then when he did, the rowdy tactics got under way and ended only when either both were sprawled on the canvas still wrestling each other, or the referee was outside the ring trying pull the boys apart or both fighters and official were entangled in a pretzel formation on the ring floor." Pep was ahead on the scorecards of the officials after eight rounds, but he quit after nine rounds, "declaring he no longer could continue because of severe pains caused by a deep cut over the right eye."[7]

In 1950, he won nine fights before meeting Saddler for a third time. Those nine bouts included defenses against Charlie Riley, knocked out in five, and France's Ray Famechon, beaten by decision in 15. Then came the third fight with Saddler. Pep once again lost his World Featherweight Championship to Saddler, being unable to come out for the eighth round due to a separated shoulder suffered at the end of the seventh round. Pep was ahead on all scorecards (5-2, 5-2, 4-2).[6]

After two wins, he and Saddler met in 1949. On their rivalry's second installment, Pep recovered the World Featherweight Championship by beating Saddler in a 15 round decision, and then he engaged in a series of exhibition and ten round bouts before defending the crown against Eddie Campo, winning by a knockout in the seventh. He finished that year beating former Bantamweight Champion Harold Dade by a decision in ten at St. Louis.

1948 was a year that would become important in Pep's life: He won 15 bouts before going into what would be the first fight of his four-fight series with Sandy Saddler. He retained the title by beating Humberto Sierra by a knockout in 10 and he beat former world champion Paddy DeMarco, also in ten, but by decision. Then, on October 29, he lost the world featherweight title to Saddler in a fourth round knockout.

Despite being severely injured in a plane crash on January 5, Pep fought 10 bouts in 1947, again going undefeated. Many thought he had lost something as a fighter, especially after unexpectedly struggling in fights against Archie Wilmer (Pep won a majority decision) and Pedro Biesca (Pep was floored in the fourth round). He defended the world featherweight belt once that year, knocking out Jock Leslie in twelve rounds at Flint, Michigan.

In 1946, Pep had 18 fights, and won all of them, including a 12-round knockout of Bartolo and a three round knockout of Wright. He had a 6-fight knockout win streak during a span that year.

He had eight fights in 1945, winning seven and drawing one. He beat former world champion Phil Terranova to retain the title, and had a ten round draw with Jimmy McAllister.

1944 was a very good year for Pep. He won all 16 of his bouts that year, including wins over World Bantamweight Champions Willie Joyce and Manuel Ortiz. He fought and beat Wright two more times, with Pep's featherweight title on the line once. He also made his first fight abroad, beating fringe contender Jackie Lemus in Canada.

Pep began 1943 by winning six bouts in a row to find himself with a record of 62-0. But in his seventh bout of 1943, he suffered his first defeat, at the hands of Sammy Angott, another world champion boxer. Angott beat Pep over the ten round distance, by decision. Ten days later, Pep was back in the ring, beating Bobby McIntyre by a decision. He closed 1943 winning five fights in a row, including two over future world champion Sal Bartolo and one over Jackie Wilson. The second win over Bartolo was in a defense of the world title.

By the time Pep stepped up his quality of opposition, when he met world title challenger Joey Archibald in 1942, Pep was already 41-0. He beat Archibald by a decision in ten rounds and, in his next bout, challenged Abe Denner for the New England-area featherweight title. He won the fight by a decision in 12, and his status among the world's top featherweights kept on rising. He won ten more bouts to reach 52-0, including a rematch win over Archibald, before he was given his first world championship try in October. He became the World Featherweight Champion by outpointing the defending world champ Chalky Wright over the 15 round distance. He fought twice more to finish the year, winning both by knockout.

Pep started boxing professionally on July 10, 1940, beating James McGovern by a decision in four rounds in Hartford, Connecticut. Like many boxers of the first half of the 20th century, Pep concentrated his early fighting career on boxing in New England, and he split his first 25 contests between Connecticut and Massachusetts. He was undefeated during that span and for fight number 26, he finally headed 'west,' beating Eddie Flores by a knockout in the first round at Thompsonville, Michigan. A couple of fights later, he travelled further west and made his California debut, beating Billy Spencer by a decision in four at Los Angeles.

Professional career

In 1938 Pep fought Sugar Ray Robinson in the attic of a feed store in Norwich, CT.[4] Outweighing Pep nearly 130 to 105, the bigger Robinson won by decision. According to Pep's later telling, Robinson was an amateur champion in the state of New York, where amateurs were not paid, so he took a pseudonym to get bouts for money in Connecticut. Because of this, Pep did not know who he was fighting at the time. Before the fight he was told his unknown opponent was not good, but he recalls quickly learning otherwise once the bout began and Robinson was "all over me."[5]

Pep first fought as an amateur in 1937. At the time, amateur boxers from Connecticut were allowed to fight for money. It was during the Great Depression hit and Pep's father was earning $15 per week at the Works Progress Administration. Willie was soon earning more in one night of fighting each week. When his parents found out he was boxing, his mother was worried for him, but his father said that if he was making so much fighting on Fridays, maybe he should see about fighting on Tuesdays as well. "My old man, he was a sports fan" Pep later quipped.[3]

Amateur career

Boxing career

Contents

  • Boxing career 1
    • Amateur career 1.1
    • Professional career 1.2
  • Post-career life 2
  • Honors 3
  • References in popular culture 4
  • Miscellaneous 5
  • Professional boxing record 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

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