Sandy Saddler

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Sandy Saddler
Statistics
Real nameJoseph "Joey" Saddler
Rated atLightweight
Height5 feet 8.5 inches (1.740 m)
Reach70 in (177.8 cm)
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1926-06-23)23 June 1926
Boston, Massachusetts
Died18 September 2001(2001-09-18) (aged 75)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights162
Wins144
Wins by KO103
Losses16
Draws2
No contests0
 
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Sandy Saddler
Statistics
Real nameJoseph "Joey" Saddler
Rated atLightweight
Height5 feet 8.5 inches (1.740 m)
Reach70 in (177.8 cm)
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1926-06-23)23 June 1926
Boston, Massachusetts
Died18 September 2001(2001-09-18) (aged 75)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights162
Wins144
Wins by KO103
Losses16
Draws2
No contests0

Joseph "Sandy" Saddler (June 23, 1926 – September 18, 2001) was an American boxer born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a two-time featherweight world champion, and also held the junior lightweight crown. Over his twelve-year career (1944–1956), Saddler scored 103 knockouts. He was stopped only once, in his second pro fight, by Jock Leslie. His final record was 144-16-2. In 2003, he was ranked #5 on Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

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Professional career

Saddler is best known for his four-bout series with Willie Pep. The two first faced off on October 29, 1948. Pep was the reigning featherweight champion of the world, and coming into the fight boasted a record of 134-1-1 (43 KO). Saddler captured the title by knocking Pep down four times en route to a four-round knockout victory. This was only the second time that Pep was beaten, Sammy Angott beat him in 1943, and first time he was ever stopped in 137 bouts.

Pep then recaptured the crown on February 11, 1949 by outpointing Saddler over 15 rounds. Saddler regained the crown on September 8, 1950 by a TKO in the eight round. Pep quit after dislocating his shoulder. The pair fought their last fight on September 26, 1951. In one of the dirtiest championship fights ever fought,[citation needed] Saddler won when the fight was stopped in the tenth round.

Saddler fought many other notable opponents during his career. He knocked out future lightweight champion Joe Brown, as well as lightweight champions Lara Salas and Paddy DeMarco. Saddler beat lightweight champion Jimmy Carter, knocked out future junior lightweight champion Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, and lost to Larry Boardman.

Professional record

144 Wins (104 knockouts), 13 Losses (1 knockout), 2 Draws
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss144-13-2United States Larry BoardmanUD101956-04-14United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win144-12-2United States George MonroeTKO3 (12)1956-02-13United States Providence, United States
Win143-12-2Philippines Flash ElordeTKO13 (15)1956-01-18United States Oakland, California, United StatesRetained World Featherweight Title
Win142-12-2United States Dave GallardoTKO6 (10)1955-12-12United States Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco, California, United States
Win141-12-2Japan Shigeji KanekoTKO6 (10)1955-07-08Japan Tokyo, Japan
Loss140-12-2United States Joey LopesUD101955-05-24United States Sacramento, California, United States
Win140-11-2United States Kenny DavisTKO5 (10)1955-04-05United States Butte, Montana, United States
Win139-11-2United States Teddy DavisUD151955-02-25United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win138-11-2United States Paddy DeMarcoTKO9 (12)1955-01-24United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win137-11-2United States Lulu PerezKO4 (10)1955-01-17United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win136-11-2United States Bobby WoodsUD101954-12-10United States Spokane, Washington, United States
Win135-11-2France Ray FamechonRTD5 (10)1954-10-25France Palais des Sports[disambiguation needed], Paris, France
Win134-11-2Mexico Baby OrtizKO3 (8)1954-09-27Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win133-11-2United States Jackie BlairKO1 (10)1954-08-30Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win132-11-2United States Libby ManzoTKO10 (10)1954-07-05United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, United States
Win131-11-2United States Augie SalazarTKO7 (10)1954-04-01United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win130-11-2United States Charlie SlaughterTKO4 (10)1954-03-04United States Akron, Ohio, United States
Win129-11-2United States Bill BossioTKO9 (10)1954-01-15United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, United States
Win128-11-2United States Tommy CollinsTKO5 (10)1952-03-17United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss127-11-2United States George AraujoUD101952-01-14United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss127-10-2United States Paddy DeMarcoSD101951-12-07United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win127-9-2United States Willie PepRTD9 (15)1951-09-26United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United StatesRetained World Featherweight Title
Loss126-9-2United States Paddy DeMarcoSD101951-08-27United States Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win126-8-2United States Hermie FreemanTKO5 (10)1951-08-20United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win125-8-2Argentina Angel OlivieriKO5 (10)1951-06-30Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win124-8-2Chile Mario SalinasKO5 (10)1951-06-22Chile Santiago de Chile, Chile
Win123-8-2Argentina Oscar FloresKO1 (12)1951-06-16Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win122-8-2Argentina Alfredo PradaKO4 (12)1951-06-02Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win121-8-2United States Harry LaSaneUD101951-05-05United States Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
Win120-8-2United States Freddie HermanRTD5 (10)1951-04-03United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win119-8-2Mexico Lauro SalasTKO6 (10)1951-03-27United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win118-8-2Cuba Diego SosaKO2 (10)1951-02-28Cuba Havana, CubaRetained World Super Featherweight Title
Win117-8-2United States Jesse UnderwoodUD101951-01-23United States Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Loss116-8-2United States Del FlanaganUD101950-12-06United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win116-7-2United States Charley RileyMD101950-11-01United States Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win115-7-2United States Harry LaSaneUD101950-10-12United States Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win114-7-2United States Willie PepRTD8 (15)1950-09-08United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, United StatesWon World Featherweight Title
Win113-7-2United States Leroy WillisRTD2 (10)1950-06-30United States Long Beach, New York, United States
Win112-7-2United States Johnny ForteKO3 (10)1950-06-19Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win111-7-2Cuba Miguel AcevedoTKO6 (10)1950-05-25United States Minneapolis, United States
Win110-7-2United States Jesse UnderwoodPTS101950-04-29United States Waterbury, United States
Win109-7-2Mexico Lauro SalasTKO9 (15)1950-04-18United States Cleveland, United StatesRetained World Super Featherweight Title
Win108-7-2United States Reuben DavisTKO7 (10)1950-04-10United States Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win107-7-2Puerto Rico Luis RamosTKO3 (10)1950-02-20Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win106-7-2United States Chuck BurtonKO1 (10)1950-02-06United States Holyoke, United States
Win105-7-2United States Pedro FirpoKO1 (10)1950-01-22Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win104-7-2United States Paulie JacksonKO1 (10)1950-01-16Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win103-7-2Cuba Orlando ZuluetaSD101949-12-06United States Cleveland, United StatesWon Vacant World Super Featherweight Title
Win102-7-2United States Leroy WillisUD101949-11-07United States Toledo, United States
Win101-7-2United States Paddy DeMarcoTKO9 (10)1949-10-28United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win100-7-2United States Proctor HeinholdTKO2 (10)1949-09-26United States Schenectady, United States
Win99-7-2United States Harold DadePTS101949-09-02United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win98-7-2Mexico Alfredo EscobarTKO9 (10)1949-08-23United States Los Angeles, California, United States
Win97-7-2United States Johnny RoweTKO8 (10)1949-08-08United States Brooklyn, United States
Win96-7-2United States Chuck BurtonTKO5 (10)1949-08-02United States Pittsfield, United States
Win95-7-2United States Gordon HouseTKO4 (10)1949-07-15United States Long Beach, New York, United States
Win94-7-2Puerto Rico Luis RamosKO5 (10)1949-06-23United States Long Island City, Queens, United States
Win93-7-2Northern Ireland Jim KeeryKO4 (12)1949-06-02England White City, London, England
Win92-7-2Italy Ermanno BonettiKO2 (10)1949-04-18United States Philadelphia, United States
Win91-7-2Mexico Felix RamirezPTS101949-03-21United States New Jersey City, United States
Loss90-7-2United States Willie PepUD151949-02-11United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United StatesLoss World Featherweight Title
Win90-6-2Panama Young FinneganKO5 (10)1949-01-16Panama Panama City, Panama
Win89-6-2United States Terry YoungTKO10 (10)1948-12-17United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win89-6-2United States Eddie GiosaKO2 (10)1948-12-07United States Cleveland, United States
Win88-6-2United States Dennis Pat BradyUD101948-11-29United States Boston Garden, Boston, United States
Win87-6-2Dominican Republic Tomas BeatoTKO2 (10)1948-11-19United States Bridgeport, United States
Win86-6-2United States Willie PepKO4 (15)1948-10-29United States Madison Square Garden New York City, United StatesWon World Featherweight Title
Win85-6-2United States Willie RoacheKO3 (8)1948-10-11United States New Haven, United States
Win84-6-2Panama Aquilino AllenKO2 (10)1948-08-22Panama Panama City, Panama
Win83-6-2Panama Kid ZefineKO2 (10)1948-08-15Panama Panama City, Panama
Loss82-6-2United States Chico RosaUD101948-06-29United States Honolulu, United States
Win82-5-2United States Harry LaSaneUD101948-05-24United States Holyoke, United States
Win81-5-2Guyana Young TannerKO5 (10)1948-04-26Aruba Oranjestad, Aruba
Win80-5-2Venezuela Jose Alberto DiazKO8 (12)1948-04-17Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win79-5-2Venezuela Luis MonagasKO3 (10)1948-04-10Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win78-5-2United States Bobby TimpsonPTS101948-03-23United States Hartford, United States
Win77-5-2United States Thompson HarmonTKO8 (10)1948-03-08United States Holyoke, United States
Win76-5-2United States Archie WilmerUD81948-03-05United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win75-5-2United States Joey AngeloUD101948-02-09United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, United States
Win74-5-2United States Charley NoelPTS101948-02-02United States Holyoke, United States
Win73-5-2Cuba Orlando ZuluetaPTS101947-12-13Cuba Havana, Cuba
Win72-5-2Cuba Lino GarciaKO3 (8)1947-12-05Cuba Havana, Cuba
Win71-5-2Dominican Republic Kid BarqueritoKO5 (10)1947-11-09Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win70-5-2Cuba Lino GarciaKO5 (10)1947-10-26Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win69-5-2United States Al PenninoTKO4 (10)1947-10-13United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, United States
Loss68-5-2Cuba Humberto SierraSD101947-10-03United States Minneapolis, United States
Win68-4-2United States Angelo AmbrosanoKO2 (8)1947-09-17United States Jamaica, Queens, United States
Win67-4-2Cuba Miguel AcevedoTKO7 (8)1947-08-29United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win66-4-2United States Leslie HarrisTKO5 (10)1947-08-14United States Atlantic City, United States
Win65-4-2Venezuela Oscar CallesKO5 (10)1947-07-26Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Draw64-4-2United States Jimmy CarterMD101947-06-03United States Washington D.C., United States
Win64-4-1United States Melvin BartholomewUD101947-05-09United States New Orleans, United States
Win63-4-1United States Joe BrownRTD2 (10)1947-05-02United States New Orleans, United States
Win62-4-1Cuba Charley Cabey LewisUD101947-04-14United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, United States
Win61-4-1Mexico Carlos MalacaraPTS101947-03-29Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Win60-4-1Mexico Leonardo LopezKO2 (10)1947-03-08Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Win59-4-1United States Larry ThomasTKO2 (8)1947-02-07United States Asbury Park, United States
Win58-4-1Mexico Humberto ZavalaTKO7 (10)1947-01-27United States New York City, United States
Win57-4-1United States George 'Dusty' BrownKO4 (8)1947-01-20United States Holyoke, United States
Win56-4-1United States Leonard CaesarKO2 (6)1946-12-30United States Newark, United States
Win55-4-1Argentina Luis MarquezKO2 (6)1946-12-26United States Jamaica, Queens, United States
Win54-4-1United States Clyde EnglishKO3 (8)1946-12-09United States Holyoke, United States
Win53-4-1United States Artie PriceUD101946-11-12United States Detroit, United States
Win52-4-1United States Joe RodriguezKO3 (8)1946-10-10United States Atlantic City, United States
Win51-4-1United States Pedro FirpoPTS10)1946-08-22United States Brooklyn, United States
Win50-4-1United States Dom AmorosoKO2 (8)1946-08-05United States Providence, United States
Loss49-4-1United States Phil TerranovaUD10)1946-07-23United States Detroit, United States
Win49-3-1United States Georgie CooperTKO7 (8)1946-07-10United States Brooklyn, United States
Win48-3-1United States Cedric FlournoyTKO3 (8)1946-06-13United States Detroit, United States
Win47-3-1United States Pedro FirpoPTS81946-04-25United States Atlantic City, United States
Win46-3-1United States Johnny WolgastPTS81946-04-11United States Atlantic City, United States
Win45-3-1Puerto Rico Ralph LaSalleKO1 (6)1946-04-08United States New York City, United States
Loss44-3-1United States Bobby McQuillarUD101946-02-18United States Arena Gardens, Detroit, United States
Win44-2-1United States Arbie BowieKO1 (8)1946-01-17United States Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win43-2-1Puerto Rico Filiberto OsarioPTS61945-12-21United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win42-2-1United States Joey MonteiroPTS81945-12-14United States Boston, United States
Win41-2-1United States Benny DanielsUD61945-12-03United States Holyoke, United States
Win40-2-1United States Richie MiyashiroPTS61945-09-21United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win39-2-1United States Earl MintzKO1 (6)1945-08-27United States Providence, United States
Win38-2-1United States Bobby EnglishKO3 (6)1945-08-20United States Providence, United States
Win37-2-1United States Lou LangleyKO1 (6)1945-08-16United States Brooklyn, United States
Win36-2-1United States Luis RiveraTKO4 (6)1945-07-30United States Long Island City, United States
Win35-2-1United States Joey MonteiroTKO5 (6)1945-07-24United States Brooklyn, United States
Win34-2-1United States Herbie (Biff) JonesTKO3 (6)1945-07-23United States Baltimore, United States
Win33-2-1Canada Leo MethotKO1 (6)1945-06-29United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win32-2-1United States Bobby WashingtonKO2 (6)1945-06-25United States Allentown[disambiguation needed], United States
Win31-2-1United States Caswell HarrisTKO2 (6)1945-06-18United States Baltimore, United States
Win30-2-1Mexico Chilindrina ValenciaTKO9 (10)1945-04-30United States Detroit, United States
Win29-2-1United States Willie AndersonTKO5 (8)1945-04-20United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, United States
Win28-2-1United States Jimmy AllenKO1 (8)1945-04-02United States Newark, United States
Win27-2-1United States Georgie KnoxTKO4 (8)1945-03-22United States Jersey City, United States
Win26-2-1United States Joey MonteiroKO4 (6)1945-03-19United States New York City, United States
Win25-2-1United States Harold GibsonPTS61945-03-10United States Brooklyn, United States
Win24-2-1United States Joey GattoTKO1 (6)1945-02-19United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win23-2-1United Kingdom Benny MayPTS61945-01-26United States Jersey City, United States
Win22-2-1United States Joey PuigKO1 (6)1945-01-22United States New York City, United States
Win21-2-1United States Lucky JohnsonKO1 (6)1945-01-15United States Newark, United States
Win20-2-1United States Tony OshiroPTS61945-01-13United States Brooklyn, United States
Win19-2-1United States Midget MayoKO3 (6)1944-12-26United States Newark, United States
Win18-2-1United States Earl MintzKO2 (6)1944-12-16United States Brooklyn, United States
Win17-2-1United States Tony OshiroTKO2 (6)1944-12-12United States Jersey City, United States
Win16-2-1Cuba Percy Cabey LewisKO1 (6)1944-11-28United States Jersey City, United States
Win15-2-1United States Manuel TorresKO5 (6)1944-11-24United States New York City, United States
Win14-2-1United States Ken TompkinsKO1 (6)1944-11-13United States Newark, United States
Win13-2-1United States Manuel TorresPTS61944-11-11United States Brooklyn, United States
Win12-2-1United States Cliff SmithPTS61944-08-18United States New York City, United States
Win11-2-1United States Georgie KnoxTKO3 (6)1944-08-08United States Brooklyn, United States
Win10-2-1United States Al PenninoPTS61944-07-25United States Brooklyn, United States
Win9-2-1United States Benny SaladinoTKO3 (6)1944-07-18United States Brooklyn, United States
Win8-2-1United States Clyde EnglishPTS61944-07-11United States Woodhaven[disambiguation needed], United States
Draw7-2-1Canada Lou AlterPTS41944-06-23United States Brooklyn, United States
Loss7-2Canada Lou AlterPTS61944-06-15United States Brooklyn, United States
Win7-1Puerto Rico Jose Aporte TorresPTS81944-06-13United States Union City[disambiguation needed], United States
Win6-1United States Domingo DiazPTS61944-05-23United States Jersey City, United States
Win5-1Puerto Rico Jose Aporte TorresPTS61944-05-15United States Holyoke, United States
Win4-1Puerto Rico Jose Aporte TorresPTS61944-05-08United States Trenton, United States
Win3-1United States Joe LandryKO1 (6)1944-04-17United States Holyoke, United States
Win2-1United States Al KingKO2 (6)1944-03-27United States Holyoke, United States
Loss1-1United States Jock LeslieTKO3 (6)1944-03-21United States Hartford, United States
Win1-0United States Earl RoysPTS81944-03-07United States Hartford, United StatesProfessional Debut

After boxing

Saddler retired from boxing in 1956, aged 30, after an eye injury sustained in a traffic accident. He later became a trainer and helped train the young George Foreman in the 1970s, including Foreman's first Heavyweight Championship of the World reign. In 2003, he was ranked #5 on the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

In 1990, Saddler was inducted into the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Saddler died on September 18, 2001.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Willie Pep
World Featherweight Champion
October 29, 1948 – February 11, 1949
Succeeded by
Willie Pep
The Ring Featherweight Champion
October 29, 1948 – February 11, 1949
World Featherweight Champion
September 8, 1950 – January 21, 1957
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Hogan Bassey
The Ring Featherweight Champion
September 8, 1950 – January 21, 1957
Retired