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Johnny Dundee

Johnny Dundee
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Statistics
Real name Giuseppe Curreri
Nickname(s) Scotch Wop
Rated at Lightweight
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Nationality 23x15px American
Born November 19, 1893
Sciacca, Sicily,
Died April 22, 1965
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 333
Wins 197
Wins by KO 17
Losses 76
Draws 45
No contests 15

Johnny "Scotch Wop" Dundee (November 19, 1893 – April 22, 1965) was a featherweight and junior lightweight champion boxer who fought from 1910 until 1932. He was born Giuseppe Curreri in Sciacca, Sicily, but was raised in the United States. Though Dundee was a clever boxer with little knockout power, he was highly skilled at fighting off the ropes and was always in outstanding condition. Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Dundee as the #3 ranked featherweight of all time, while The Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer placed him at #4.[1] The International Boxing Research Organization rates Dundee as the 5th best featherweight ever and boxing historian Bert Sugar placed him 32nd in his Top 100 Fighters catalogue.[2][3] Dundee was elected to the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1957 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.[4]

Professional career

World featherweight champion

Dundee earned a world title fight in his 87th fight and fought to a draw with featherweight champion Johnny Kilbane in 1913. The slick boxer waited until his 265th fight for another shot at the title. His patience paid off. He won the junior lightweight championship in 1921 when his opponent, George "KO" Chaney, was disqualified in the fifth round. Dundee earned the distinction of being the first universally recognized junior lightweight champion in history. Then in 1922 he knocked out Danny Frush to earn recognition in New York State as the featherweight champion of the world.

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

Later career

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

Legacy

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

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

Notable bouts

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[5]
Loss 23x15px Tony Canzoneri UD 15 1927-10-24 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss 23x15px Jack Bernstein PTS 15 1924-09-15 23x15px Queensboro Stadium, Queens, New York
Loss 23x15px Sammy Mandell NWS 10 1924-06-09 23x15px Open-Air Arena, East Chicago, Indiana Newspaper Decision
Loss 23x15px Rocky Kansas UD 10 1924-04-21 23x15px Broadway Auditorium, New York, Buffalo
Win 23x15px Jack Bernstein SD 10 1923-12-17 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won World Junior Lightweight Title.
Win 23x15px Eugène Criqui PTS 15 1923-07-26 23x15px Polo Grounds, New York, New York Won World Featherweight Title.
Loss 23x15px Jack Bernstein UD 15 1923-05-30 23x15px Coney Island Velodrome, Brooklyn, New York Lost World Junior Lightweight Title.
Loss 23x15px Charley White NWS 10 1922-06-27 23x15px Rock Island, Illinois Newspaper Decision
Loss 23x15px Lew Tendler UD 15 1922-05-05 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win 23x15px Charley White PTS 15 1922-03-17 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss 23x15px Charley White SD 10 1922-01-16 23x15px Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 23x15px George KO Chaney DQ 5 (15) 1921-11-18 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won World Junior Lightweight Title.
Draw 23x15px Charley White PTS 10 1921-08-10 23x15px Boxing Drome, Bronx, New York
Win 23x15px George KO Chaney NWS 8 1921-07-18 23x15px Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Win 23x15px George KO Chaney PTS 10 1921-06-10 23x15px Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 23x15px Rocky Kansas NWS 10 1921-04-26 23x15px Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Newspaper Decision
Loss 23x15px Benny Leonard NWS 8 1920-02-09 23x15px 4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Win 23x15px Charley White NWS 10 1919-11-26 23x15px Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Newspaper Decision
Loss 23x15px Benny Leonard NWS 8 1919-09-17 23x15px 1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Loss 23x15px Benny Leonard NWS 6 1919-06-16 23x15px Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Loss 23x15px Benny Leonard NWS 8 1919-01-20 23x15px 1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Draw 23x15px Rocky Kansas PTS 12 1918-09-10 23x15px Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 23x15px George KO Chaney NWS 6 1918-03-09 23x15px National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Win 23x15px George KO Chaney NWS 6 1917-11-19 23x15px Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Loss 23x15px Lew Tendler NWS 6 1917-10-01 23x15px Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw 23x15px George KO Chaney NWS 6 1917-07-12 23x15px Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Win 23x15px Rocky Kansas PTS 12 1917-05-29 23x15px Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss 23x15px Lew Tendler NWS 6 1917-03-26 23x15px Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Loss 23x15px Benny Leonard NWS 6 1916-11-15 23x15px Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw 23x15px Benny Leonard NWS 6 1916-11-15 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Win 23x15px Matt Wells PTS 12 1916-05-16 23x15px Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Draw 23x15px Benny Leonard NWS 6 1916-03-08 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss 23x15px Joe Mandot PTS 20 1916-02-21 23x15px Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Win 23x15px Matt Wells PTS 12 1915-12-10 23x15px Italian Riverside Club, New Haven, Connecticut
Win 23x15px Willie Ritchie NWS 10 1915-10-26 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Draw 23x15px Joe Mandot NWS 10 1915-09-23 23x15px Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York Newspaper Decision
Win 23x15px Rocky Kansas NWS 10 1915-05-03 23x15px Broadway Auditorium, New York, Buffalo Newspaper Decision
Win 23x15px Benny Leonard NWS 10 1915-03-02 23x15px 135th Street A.C., New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Draw 23x15px Joe Mandot PTS 20 1915-02-14 23x15px McDonoughville Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Draw 23x15px Willie Ritchie PTS 4 1914-10-23 23x15px Coffroth's Arena, San Francisco, California
Loss 23x15px Joe Mandot NWS 10 1914-07-04 23x15px Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana Newspaper Decision
Win 23x15px George KO Chaney NWS 6 1914-04-20 23x15px Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw 23x15px Matty Baldwin PTS 12 1914-04-14 23x15px Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss 23x15px Rocky Kansas NWS 10 1914-02-24 23x15px Broadway Auditorium, New York, Buffalo Newspaper Decision
Loss 23x15px Freddie Welsh NWS 10 1914-01-01 23x15px Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana Newspaper Decision
Win 23x15px Charley White NWS 10 1913-11-27 23x15px Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana Newspaper Decision
Draw 23x15px Johnny Kilbane PTS 20 1913-04-29 23x15px Vernon Arena, Vernon, California For World Featherweight Title.
Loss 23x15px Johnny Kilbane NWS 10 1912-09-04 23x15px St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss 23x15px Charley White NWS 10 1912-04-30 23x15px Alhambra, Syracuse, New York Newspaper Decision
Win 23x15px Frankie Fleming NWS 10 1911-06-10 23x15px Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York Newspaper Decision
Win 23x15px Frankie Fleming NWS 10 1911-06-10 23x15px Olympia A.C., New York, New York Newspaper Decision

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Featherweight Rankings". BoxRec. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ All-Time Featherweight Rankings IBROresearch.com Retrieved on 2014-04-29
  3. ^ Bert Randolph Sugar (2005). Boxing's Greatest Fighters. Lyons Press. ISBN 978-1-59228-632-4. 
  4. ^ Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Johnny Dundee CyberBoxingZone.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  5. ^ Johnny Dundee's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

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