Willie Pep

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Willie Pep
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Real nameGuglielmo Papaleo
Nickname(s)Will o' the Wisp
Rated atFeatherweight
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Reach68 in (173 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1922-09-19)September 19, 1922
Middletown, Connecticut, United States
DiedNovember 23, 2006(2006-11-23) (aged 84)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights241
Wins229
Wins by KO65
Losses11
Draws1
No contests0
 
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Willie Pep
Statistics
Real nameGuglielmo Papaleo
Nickname(s)Will o' the Wisp
Rated atFeatherweight
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Reach68 in (173 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1922-09-19)September 19, 1922
Middletown, Connecticut, United States
DiedNovember 23, 2006(2006-11-23) (aged 84)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights241
Wins229
Wins by KO65
Losses11
Draws1
No contests0

Guglielmo Papaleo (September 19, 1922 – November 23, 2006) was an American professional boxer, better known as Willie Pep. Pep boxed a total of 1956 rounds in the 241 bouts during his 26 year career, a considerable number of rounds and fights even for a fighter of his era. His final record was 229-11-1 with 65 knockouts. Pep, known for his speed and finesse, is considered to be one of the best fighters of the 20th century and was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Pep was voted as the #1 featherweight of the 20th Century by the Associated Press[1] and ranked the #1 featherweight of all-time by the International Boxing Research Organization in 2005.[2]

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Boxing career

Amateur career

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]

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]

Professional career

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.

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 of that year. He became the World's 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 began 1943 by winning six bouts in a row to find himself with a record of 61-0.(Correction "Boxrec" lists *62* wins with no losses before Pep's first loss.) 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.

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, fringe contender Jackie Lemus and Wright, who was beaten two more times, one time with Pep's crown on the line. He also made his first fight abroad, having beaten Lemus in Canada.

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.

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.

Despite being severely injured in a plane crash on January 5th, 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's featherweight belt once that year, knocking out Jock Leslie in twelve rounds at Flint, Michigan.

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.

After two wins, he and Saddler met in 1949. On their rivalry's second installment, Pep recovered the World's Featherweight Championship by beating Saddler by 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.

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]

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 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.

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. Pep lost by a knockout in two rounds. Pep ended up winning three more bouts before the end of the year.

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.

Life after his fighting career

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]

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

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

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

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 has two children: William "Billy" Papaleo and Mary Papaleo. Both reside in Wethersfield, CT.

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

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.

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

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Professional boxing record

229 Wins (65 knockouts, 164 decisions), 11 Losses (6 knockouts, 5 decisions), 1 Draw [2]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss8-4United States Calvin WoodlandUD616/03/1966Virginia Richmond, Virginia, United States
Win10-21-3United States Ray ColemanKO525/10/1965Arizona Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win1-7Mexico Sergio MusquizTKO514/10/1965Arizona Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win12-12United States Tommy HadenTKO304/10/1965Rhode Island Providence, Rhode Island, United StatesFight stopped at 1:33 in the third round.
Win9-6-1United States Willie LittleTKO301/10/1965Pennsylvania Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United StatesFight stopped at 1:06 in the third round.
Win3-8-2United States Johnny GilmorePTS628/09/1965Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win4-10-1Canada Benny Red RandallUD1026/07/1965Canada Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaRandall was knocked down in the first round.
Win3-7-2United States Johnny GilmoreUD621/05/1965Connecticut Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Win8-10-3United States Jackie LennonUD626/04/1965Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win2-9-1United States Harold McKeeverUD811/03/1965Florida Miami, Florida, United States80-74, 78-77, 78-75
Loss29-8-7Venezuela Sonny LeonUD1026/01/1959Venezuela Caracas, VenezuelaPep was knocked down in the third, sixth & eighth rounds.
Loss56-11-2Nigeria Hogan (Kid) BasseyTKO920/09/1958Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesPep was knocked down thrice in the ninth round before the referee stopped the fight.
Win11-46-2United States Al DuarteUD1026/08/1958Massachusetts North Adams, Massachusetts, United StatesDuarte was a substitute for Manuel Baptista.
Win17-16-1United States Jesse RodriguezUD1009/08/1958Ohio Painesville, Ohio, United States
Win3-17-3Puerto Rico Luis CarmonaUD1004/08/1958Maine Presque Isle, Maine, United States
Win44-35-8United States Bobby BellUD1017/07/1958Massachusetts Norwood, Massachusetts, United States
Win21-18-1United States Bobby SoaresUD1001/07/1958Massachusetts Athol, Massachusetts, United States
Win37-33-10Republic of Ireland Pat McCoyUD1023/06/1958Massachusetts New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Win13-6-2United States Bobby SingletonUD1020/05/1958Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States100-91, 100-85, 100-90.
Win15-0Greece Jimmy KellyUD1029/04/1958Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win9-23-3Puerto Rico Cleo OrtizUD1014/04/1958Rhode Island Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win8-15-2United States George StephanyPTS1008/04/1958Connecticut Bristol, Connecticut, United States
Win13-4-2United States Prince JohnsonUD1031/03/1958Massachusetts Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Loss45-44-3United States Tommy TibbsSD1014/01/1958Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States96-97, 97-98, 96-95.
Win14-0-1United States Jimmy ConnorsUD1017/12/1957Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States99-88, 99-91, 96-93.
Win44-16-5United States Russell "Baby Faced" TagueUD1023/07/1957Texas Houston, Texas, United States
Win6-16-3United States Manny CastroUD1016/07/1957Texas El Paso, Texas, United States
Win6-15-3United States Manny CastroUD1010/05/1957South Carolina Florence, South Carolina, United States98-95, 99-96, 99-94.
Win16-12-6Mexico Cesar MoralesPTS1023/04/1957Florida Ft Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win13-18-2United States Hector BacquettesTKO504/07/1956Oklahoma Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
Win40-10-4United States Russell "Baby Faced" TagueUD1019/06/1956Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States97-95, 96-95, 98-93.
Win29-19-3Cuba Manuel ArmenterosRTD622/05/1956Texas San Antonio, Texas, United StatesArmenteros did not emerge from his corner for the seventh round.
Win83-30-9United States Jackie BlairPTS1017/04/1956Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win20-25-4United States Buddy "The Little Professor" BaggettPTS1027/03/1956Texas Beaumont, Texas, United States
Win8-18-1Mexico Kid CampecheUD1016/03/1956Florida Tampa, Florida, United States
Win17-5-4United States Andy ArelUD1028/12/1955Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win4-4United States Leo CarterTKO413/12/1955Texas Houston, Texas, United States
Win62-17-2United States Henry "Pappy" GaultUD1029/11/1955Florida Tampa, Florida, United States
Win56-25-10United States Charley TitoneUD1010/10/1955Massachusetts Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Win61-16-2United States Henry "Pappy" GaultUD1027/09/1955Massachusetts Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win8-12-5United States Jimmy IthiaTKO613/09/1955Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win15-8-1United States Hector RodriguezPTS1012/07/1955Connecticut Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States50-27.
Win15-6United States Mickey MarsTKO714/06/1955Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win31-7United States Joey CamTKO401/06/1955Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesReferee stopped the fight between the third and fourth round due to a severe cut.
Win22-3-3United States Gil CadilliUD1018/05/1955Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States100-82, 99-87, 99-87.
Loss21-3-3United States Gil CadilliSD1030/03/1955California Parks AFB, California, United States58-52, 54-56, 54-56.
Win56-22-10United States Charley TitoneUD1022/03/1955Massachusetts Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win13-21-2United States Merrill OlmsteadPTS1011/03/1955Vermont Bennington, Vermont, United States
Win15-46-8Puerto Rico Mario "Eladio" ColonPTS1001/11/1954Florida Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Win19-10-3Canada Til LeBlancUD1018/08/1954Canada Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Win7-3-1United States Mike TourcotteUD1024/07/1954Alabama Mobile, Alabama, United States
Loss27-2United States Lulu PerezTKO226/02/1954New York New York, New York, United StatesPep was knocked down thrice in the second round and was declared knocked out due to the three knock down rule. Boxing analysts claim that Pep took a dive during this fight.
Win16-17United States Davey SeabrookPTS1019/01/1954Florida Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win34-18-8United States Tony LongoUD1015/12/1953Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win54-40-6Cuba Billy LimaKO208/12/1953Texas Houston, Texas, United States
Win43-13-5United States Davey AllenPTS1004/12/1953Florida West Palm Beach, Florida, United States8-1.
Win62-28-5United States Sonny LucianoUD1021/11/1953North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win35-11-2United States Pat MarcuneTKO1005/06/1953New York New York City, United StatesReferee stopped the fight at 1:12 of the tenth round. Marcune was knocked down in the fifth round.
Win72-21-8United States Jackie BlairUD1013/05/1953Texas Ft Worth, Texas, United States99-93, 100-87, 99-83. Pep was knocked down in the tenth round.
Win9-5-4Canada Noel PaquetteUD1007/04/1953Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win9-1-3United States Joey GambinoUD1031/03/1953Florida Tampa, Florida, United States
Win39-16-4United States Pepe AlvarezPTS1010/02/1953Texas San Antonio, Texas, United StatesAlvarez was knocked down in the tenth round.
Win23-14-7Canada Dave MitchellUD1027/01/1953Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win31-5-14United States Billy LauderdaleUD1019/01/1953The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas, BahamasLauderdale was knocked down in the eighth round.
Win23-21-4Cuba Jorge SanchezPTS1005/12/1952Florida West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Win46-15-4United States Fabela ChavezUD1019/11/1952Missouri St Louis, Missouri, United States58-42, 58-42, 58-42.
Win4-9-1United States Manny CastroTKO505/11/1952Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win51-33-6Cuba Billy LimaUD1020/10/1952Florida Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win38-8-5Canada Armand SavoieUD1001/10/1952Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win27-12-5United States Bobby WoodsUD1011/09/1952Canada Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada49-43, 48-42, 50-41.
Win51-30-6Cuba Billy LimaPTS1003/09/1952Florida Pensacola, Florida, United States
Loss53-9United States Tommy CollinsTKO630/06/1952Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesReferee stopped the fight at 0:51 of the sixth round.
Win20-7-2United States Claude HammondUD1021/05/1952Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win18-12-3United States Buddy BaggettKO510/05/1952South Carolina Aiken, South Carolina, United StatesBaggett knocked out at 1:50 in the fifth round.
Win3-14United States Kenny LeachPTS1005/05/1952Georgia (U.S. state) Columbus, Georgia, United States
Win3-0United States Santiago GonzalesUD1029/04/1952Florida Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss127-9-2United States Sandy SaddlerRTD926/09/1951New York New York City, United StatesWorld Featherweight Title. Pep retired in the ninth round complaining of severe pain caused by a severe cut.
Win53-4United States Corky GonzalesUD1004/09/1951Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana, United States9-1, 9-1, 9-1.
Win9-23-3Puerto Rico Jesus ComposPTS1004/06/1951Maryland Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win29-2-2United States Eddie ChavezSD1027/04/1951California San Francisco, California, United States
Win17-5-3Mexico Baby Neff OrtizTKO517/04/1951Missouri St Louis, Missouri, United StatesOrtiz was knocked down three times before the referee stopped the fight in the fifth round.
Win51-14-8United States Pat IacobucciUD1026/03/1951Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win52-14-8United States Carlos ChavezUD1005/03/1951Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win8-18-1United States Eddie WebbTKO226/02/1951Florida Sarasota, Florida, United StatesReferee stopped the fight at 1:05 of the second round.
Win16-19-3United States Tommy BakerTKO430/01/1951Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesReferee stopped the fight at 1:29 of the fourth round. Pep suffered a severe cut due to an accidental headbut.
Loss114-7-2United States Sandy SaddlerRTD808/09/1950New York Bronx, New York, United StatesWorld Featherweight Title. Pep separated his shoulder in the seventh round and could not emerge from his corner in the eighth round. Pep was knocked down in the third round.
Win28-23-2United States Proctor HeinholdPTS1002/08/1950Pennsylvania Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Win28-16-2United States Bobby BellUD1025/07/1950United States Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Win30-25-3United States Bobby TimpsonUD1026/06/1950Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win68-22-5United States Terry YoungUD1001/06/1950Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win13-11-2Puerto Rico Asuncion LlanosKO215/05/1950Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesLlanos knocked out at 1:10 of the second round.
Win59-5France Ray FamechonUD1517/03/1950New York New York City, United StatesWorld Featherweight Title. 10-3, 12-3, 9-3.
Win60-16-4United States Jimmy WarrenUD1022/02/1950Florida Miami, Florida, United States
Win60-16-4United States Jimmy WarrenUD1022/02/1950Florida Miami, Florida, United States
Win68-15-4United States Roy AndrewsUD1006/02/1950Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesAndrews was knocked down in the first round.
Win52-11-1United States "Chillin" Charley RileyKO516/01/1950Missouri St Louis, Missouri, United StatesWorld Featherweight Title. Riley knocked out at 1:05 of the fifth round.
Win37-13-4United States Harold DadePTS1012/12/1949Missouri St Louis, Missouri, United States
Win57-1-3United States Eddie CompoTKO720/09/1949Connecticut Waterbury, Connecticut, United StatesWorld Featherweight Title. Compo was knocked down twice in the fifth and once in the seventh before the referee stopped the fight at 0:41 of the seventh round.
Win16-12-1France Jean MouginUD1012/07/1949New York Syracuse, New York, United States7-2, 4-2, 5-3.
Win45-20-3United States Johnny LaRussoUD1020/06/1949Massachusetts West Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win40-26-6United States Al PenninoUD1014/06/1949Massachusetts Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win10-13Puerto Rico Luis RamosPTS1006/06/1949Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win91-6-2United States Sandy SaddlerUD1511/02/1949New York New York City, United StatesWorld Featherweight Title. 10-5, 9-5, 9-6. 1949 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
Win23-27-3United States Teddy "Redtop" DavisPTS1017/01/1949Missouri St Louis, Missouri, United States
Win39-5-2United States Hermie FreemanUD1020/12/1948Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss85-6-2United States Sandy SaddlerKO429/10/1948New York New York City, United StatesWorld Featherweight Title. Pep was knocked down twice in the third round and out in the fourth round at 2:38.
Win43-13-3United States Johnny LaRussoPTS1019/10/1948Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win10-12-4United States Chuck BurtonPTS812/10/1948New Jersey Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Win32-2United States Paddy DeMarcoUD1010/09/1948New York New York City, United States5-3, 8-2, 6-3.
Win30-19-6United States Johnny DellTKO802/09/1948Connecticut Waterbury, Connecticut, United StatesReferee stopped the fight due to a lack of competition.
Win22-18-3United States Teddy "Redtop" DavisPTS1017/08/1948Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States8-1.
Win22-17-3United States Teddy "Redtop" DavisPTS1003/08/1948Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States49-46.
Win29-15-4United States Young JuniorKO128/07/1948New York Utica, New York, United StatesYoung knocked out at 2:45 of the first round.
Win22-3-2United States Luther BurgessPTS1025/06/1948Michigan Flint, Michigan, United States
Win41-10-4Cuba Miguel AcevedoPTS1017/06/1948Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win53-30-3United States Charley Cabey LewisUD1019/05/1948Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win27-10-3United States Leroy WillisUD1007/05/1948Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win37-7-3Cuba Humberto SierraTKO1024/02/1948Florida Miami, Florida, United StatesWorld Featherweight Title. Sierra was knocked down in the second and the tenth rounds when the referee stopped the fight at 0:22 in the tenth round.
Win34-8-1United States Joey AngeloUD1019/01/1948Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win52-24-2United States Jimmy McAllisterPTS1012/01/1948Missouri St Louis, Missouri, United States
Win10-19-3Mexico Pedro BiescaPTS1006/01/1948Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesPep was knocked down in the fourth round.
Win109-48-9United States Lefty LaChanceTKO830/12/1947New Hampshire Manchester, New Hampshire, United StatesLaChance was knocked down in the second and sixth rounds. Referee stopped the fight in the eighth round due to a severe cut.
Win9-14Mexico Alvaro EstradaUD1022/12/1947Maine Lewiston, Maine, United StatesEstrada was knocked down seven times in the fight.
Win26-16-1United States Archie WilmerMD1027/10/1947Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States5-4-1, 7-3, 5-5.
Win36-26-2Canada Jean BarriereKO121/10/1947Maine Portland, Maine, United StatesBarriere knocked down at 2:07 in the first round.
Win56-9-4United States Jock LeslieKO1222/08/1947Michigan Flint, Michigan, United StatesWorld Featherweight Title. Referee stopped the fight mid-count after a knockdown at 0:45 of the 12th round.
Win35-6-3Cuba Humberto SierraPTS1023/07/1947Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win34-41-3United States Paulie JacksonUD1015/07/1947Massachusetts New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Win34-25-2Canada Jean BarriereKO411/07/1947Massachusetts North Adams, Massachusetts, United States
Win20-41-13Canada Leo LeBrunPTS808/07/1947Connecticut Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Win77-25-12United States Joey FontanaKO501/07/1947New York Albany, New York, United StatesFontana was knocked down in the first round and out at 1:00 of the fifth round.
Win159-40-17United States Chalky WrightKO327/11/1946Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United StatesWright knocked out at 1:05 of the third round. Pep was involved in a plane crash after this fight and wouldn't fight again for seven months.
Win10-7-1Dominican Republic Tomas BeatoKO215/11/1946Connecticut Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win32-35-3United States Paulie JacksonPTS1001/11/1946Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win101-37-9United States Lefty LaChanceTKO317/09/1946Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesReferee stopped the bout at 1:47 of the third round.
Win19-0-1United States Walter KolbyTKO504/09/1946New York Buffalo, New York, United StatesReferee stopped the bout at 2:26 of the fifth round.
Win32-14-3United States Doll RaffertyKO626/08/1946Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United StatesRafferty knocked out at 1:10 of the sixth round.
Win37-2United States Jackie "The Austin Atom" GravesTKO825/07/1946Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota, United StatesReferee stopped the fight at 1:52 of the eighth round.
Win72-17-5United States Sal BartoloKO1207/06/1946New York New York City, United StatesNYSAC/NBA World Featherweight Title. Bartolo was knocked out at 2:41 of the 12th round.
Win29-32-5United States Jimmy JoycePTS827/05/1946Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win26-38-9Puerto Rico Jose Aponte TorresUD1022/05/1946Missouri St Louis, Missouri, United States
Win22-3-1United States Joey AngeloUD1013/05/1946Rhode Island Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win30-27-6United States Ernie PetronePTS1006/05/1946Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win17-35-2United States Georgie KnoxTKO308/04/1946Rhode Island Providence, Rhode Island, United StatesReferee stopped the fight at 1:45 of the third round.
Win99-31-7United States Jackie WilsonUD1026/03/1946Missouri Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win40-15-1United States Jimmy McAllisterKO201/03/1946New York New York City, United StatesMcAllister was knocked out at 2:44 of the second round.
Win27-28-5United States Jimmy JoycePTS1013/02/1946New York Buffalo, New York, United States
Win22-8United States Johnny VirgoKO215/01/1946New York Buffalo, New York, United States
Draw37-15United States Jimmy McAllisterPTS1013/12/1945Maryland Baltimore, Maryland, United StatesPep was knocked down in the second round.
Win15-18United States Harold GibsonPTS1005/12/1945Maine Lewiston, Maine, United StatesGibson was knocked down five times in the ninth round.
Win31-8-2United States Eddie GiosaPTS1026/11/1945Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win28-13-3Canada Mike MartykTKO505/11/1945New York Buffalo, New York, United StatesReferee stopped the fight at 2:39 of the fifth round.
Win28-26-3United States Paulie JacksonPTS830/10/1945Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win36-11-9United States Phil TerranovaUD1519/02/1945New York New York City, United StatesNYSAC World Featherweight Title. 10-3-2, 10-5, 12-2-1.
Win35-40-4United States "Whistling" Willie RoacheUD1005/02/1945Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win14-8-6Canada Ralph WaltonPTS1023/01/1945Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win150-33-17United States Chalky WrightUD1005/12/1944Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win57-16-4Puerto Rico Pedro HernandezPTS1017/11/1944United States Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Win25-10-2United States Charley Cabey LewisPTS1014/11/1944Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesPep was knocked down in the fourth round. 48-37.
Win16-8-2United States Jackie LeamusUD1025/10/1944Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win150-32-17United States Chalky WrightUD1529/09/1944New York New York City, United StatesNYSAC World Featherweight Title.
Win24-8-2United States Charley Cabey LewisTKO819/09/1944Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesLewis was knocked down in the eighth before the referee stopped the fight at 1:52 in the same round.
Win37-28-10United States Joey PeraltaPTS1028/08/1944Massachusetts West Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win88-11-6United States Lulu ConstantinoPTS1004/08/1944Connecticut Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win59-11-2United States Manuel OrtizUD1005/12/1944Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win52-9-7United States Willie JoycePTS1007/07/1944Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win67-21-13United States Julie KogonPTS1006/06/1944Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win35-16-1Canada Joey BagnatoKO223/05/1944New York Buffalo, New York, United StatesBagnato knocked out at 1:03 of the second round.
Win28-14-5United States Frankie RubinoPTS1019/05/1944Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States60-40.
Win11-6-2United States Jackie LeamusPTS1001/05/1944Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win68-27-12United States Snooks LaceyPTS1020/04/1944Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win1-4-4Panama Leo FrancisPTS1005/12/1944Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesPep was knocked down in the fourth round.
Win46-15-5United States Sal BartoloUD1508/06/1943Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesNYSAC World Featherweight Title.
Win90-24-7United States Jackie WilsonPTS1226/04/1943Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win7-6-3Mexico Angel AvilesPTS1019/04/1943Florida Tampa, Florida, United States
Win46-14-5United States Sal BartoloSD1009/04/1943Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesBartolo was knocked down in the first round and Pep was knocked down in the sixth round.
Win50-29-5United States Bobby McIntireUD1029/03/1943Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States
Loss69-17-5United States Sammy "The Clutch" AngottUD1019/03/1943New York New York City, United States4-5, 4-5, 4-6.
Win31-25-1United States Lou TransparentiKO602/03/1943Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesTransparenti was knocked down six times in the fight.
Win29-15-1United States Bill SpearyPTS1015/02/1943Maryland Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win28-39-15United States Davey CrawfordPTS1011/02/1943Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win49-6-2United States Allie StolzPTS1029/01/1943New York New York City, United States
Win29-14-1United States Bill SpearyPTS1019/01/1943Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win48-34-5Italy Vince Dell'OrtoPTS1004/01/1943Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win20-46-8Mexico Joey SilvaRTD921/12/1942Florida Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win13-7-6Puerto Rico Jose Aponte TorresTKO714/12/1942United States Washington, District of Columbia, United StatesReferee stopped the fight at 0:45 of the seventh round.
Win131-30-16United States Chalky WrightUD1520/11/1942New York New York City, United StatesNYSAC World Featherweight Title. 10-4, 11-4, 11-4. 1942 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
Win56-30-7United States George ZengarasPTS1027/10/1942Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win60-35-5United States Joey ArchibaldUD1016/10/1942Rhode Island Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win48-24-5United States Bobby McIntirePTS1005/10/1942Massachusetts Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win47-31-5United States Vince Dell'OrtoPTS1022/09/1942Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win9-2-2United States Frank FranconeriTKO110/09/1942New York New York City, United StatesFranconeri was knocked down thrice before the referee stopped the fight at 2:07 of the first round.
Win48-16-9United States Bobby Poison IvyTKO1001/09/1942Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesReferee stopped the fight at 1:10 of the tenth round.
Win69-32-5United States Nat LitfinPTS1020/08/1942Connecticut West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win48-10-4Puerto Rico Pedro HernandezPTS1011/08/1942Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win17-42-7Mexico Joey SilvaRTD701/08/1942Connecticut Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win32-15-1United States Abe DennerPTS1221/07/1942Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesNew England Featherweight Title.
Win60-31-5United States Joey ArchibaldPTS1023/06/1942Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win34-8-4United States Joey IannottiPTS826/05/1942Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win26-8-4United States Aaron SeltzerPTS812/05/1942Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win26-8-6United States Curley NicholsPTS804/05/1942Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win31-20-3Scotland Spider ArmstrongKO414/04/1942Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesArmstrong was knocked out at 2:40 of the fourth round.
Win39-29-15United States Johnny CompoPTS818/03/1942Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win9-19-3United States Willie RoachePTS824/02/1942Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win20-11-1Canada Angelo CalluraPTS810/02/1942Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win28-26-9United States Abie KaufmanPTS827/01/1942Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win23-3-4United States Sammy ParottaPTS416/01/1942New York New York City, United States
Win0-10Mexico Mexican Joe RiversTKO408/01/1942Massachusetts Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Win9-7-3Puerto Rico Ruby GarciaPTS412/12/1941New York New York City, United States
Win17-29-10United States Davey CrawfordPTS824/11/1941Massachusetts Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win1-1-3United States Buddy SpencerPTS407/11/1941California Hollywood, California, United States
Win2-11-2United States Connie SavoieTKO221/10/1941Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win2-4-1Mexico Carlos ManzanoPTS809/10/1941Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win10-1-4United States Jackie HarrisTKO125/09/1941Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, United StatesReferee stopped the fight at 2:37 of the first round.
Win4-10-2United States Eddie FloresKO111/08/1941Connecticut Thompsonville, Connecticut, United StatesFlores was knocked out at 2:30 of the first round.
Win3-8-2United States Paul "The Blonde Tiger" FrechetteTKO305/08/1941Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesReferee stopped the fight at 1:40 of the third round.
Win50-38-6United States Jimmy GilliganPTS815/07/1941Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win1-3-2United States Eddie DeAngelisTKO324/06/1941Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win4-4United States Harry HintlianPTS619/06/1941Connecticut Manchester, Connecticut, United States
Win8-31-5United States Johnny CockfieldPTS612/05/1941Massachusetts Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win4-12-1United States Lou PuglieseKO206/05/1941Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesPugliese knocked out at 1:30 of the second quarter.
Win13-30-6Mexico Joey SilvaPTS622/04/1941Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesReferee stopped the fight at 2:37 of the first round.
Win13-1-2Puerto Rico Henry VasquezPTS614/04/1941Massachusetts Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win8-10-4United States Joey GattoKO231/03/1941Massachusetts Holyoke, Massachusetts, United StatesGatto knocked out at 2:20 of the second round.
Win1-1-1United States Marty ShapiroPTS625/03/1941Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win6-1-1Puerto Rico Ruby GarciaUD603/03/1941Massachusetts Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win5-0-1Puerto Rico Ruby GarciaUD617/02/1941Massachusetts Holyoke, Massachusetts, United StatesPep was knocked down in the fifth round.
Win5-4-1United States Don LyonsKO210/02/1941Massachusetts Holyoke, Massachusetts, United StatesLyons was knocked down twice and out in the second round.
Win--United States Augie AlmedaTKO628/01/1941Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win3-22-5Puerto Rico Joe EchevarriaPTS613/01/1941Massachusetts Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win--United States Jim MutaneKO206/12/1940Connecticut New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Win1-1United States Frank TopazioTKO529/11/1940Connecticut New Britain, Connecticut, United StatesTopazio knocked out at 2:45 of the fifth round.
Win6-16-2United States Carlo DapondeTKO622/11/1940Connecticut New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Win--United States Jimmy McAllisterPTS424/10/1940Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win--United States Jimmy RicheTKO303/10/1940Connecticut Waterbury, Connecticut, United StatesRiche knocked out at 2:02 of the third round.
Win--United States Jack MoorePTS619/09/1940Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win0-1United States Joey MarcusPTS405/09/1940Connecticut Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win5-11-1United States Tommy BurnsTKO129/08/1940Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win4-7-1United States Joey WasnickKO308/08/1940Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win--United States Joey MarcusPTS425/07/1940Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States

References

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  2. ^ "IBRO Rankings". http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=449. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  3. ^ Pep, Willie and Robert Sacchi. (2008) "Willie Pep Remembers Friday's Heroes", 5-6. Arborhouse, Bloomington, IN. ISBN 978-1-4343-0183-6
  4. ^ Stanley, Bill. "The night Willie Pep fought Sugar Ray Robinson", "The Day", New London, 20 October 2002. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
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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