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Willie Pep

Willie Pep
Statistics
Real name Guglielmo Papaleo
Nickname(s) Will o' the Wisp
Rated at Featherweight
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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 American professional boxer, better known as Willie Pep. Pep boxed a total of 1,956 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 into 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]

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. 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 and 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.

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

Post-career life

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.

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]

Honors

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.[citation needed]

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.

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.

References in popular culture

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."

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.

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

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."

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

Miscellaneous

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]

Professional boxing record

229 Wins (65 knockouts, 164 decisions), 11 Losses, 1 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 229–11–1 23x15px Calvin Woodland UD 6 1966-03-16 23x15px City Arena, Richmond, Virginia, United States
Win 229–10–1 23x15px Ray Coleman KO 5 (8) 1965-10-25 23x15px Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 228–10–1 23x15px Sergio Musquiz TKO 5 (10) 1965-10-14 23x15px Sportatorium, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 227–10–1 23x15px Tommy Haden TKO 3 (10) 1965-10-04 23x15px Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 226–10–1 23x15px Willie Little TKO 3 (10) 1965-10-01 23x15px War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 225–10–1 23x15px Johnny Gilmore UD 6 1965-09-28 23x15px Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 224–10–1 23x15px Benny Red Randall UD 10 1965-07-26 23x15px Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Win 223–10–1 23x15px Johnny Gilmore UD 6 1965-05-21 23x15px Crystal Arena, Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Win 222–10–1 23x15px Jackie Lennon UD 6 1965-04-26 23x15px Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 221–10–1 23x15px Harold McKeever UD 8 1965-03-11 23x15px Little River Auditorium, Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 220–10–1 23x15px Sonny Leon UD 10 1959-01-26 23x15px Nuevo Circo, Caracas, Venezuela
Loss 220–9–1 23x15px Hogan Bassey TKO 9 (10) 1958-09-20 23x15px Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 220–8–1 23x15px Al Duarte UD 10 1958-08-26 23x15px Glovers Bowl, North Adams, Massachusetts, United States
Win 219–8–1 23x15px Jesse Rodriguez UD 10 1958-08-09 23x15px Painesville, Ohio, United States
Win 218–8–1 23x15px Luis Carmona UD 10 1958-08-04 23x15px Presque Isle, Maine, United States
Win 217–8–1 23x15px Bobby Bell UD 10 1958-07-17 23x15px Norwood, Massachusetts, United States
Win 216–8–1 23x15px Bobby Soares UD 10 1958-07-01 23x15px Memorial Hall, Athol, Massachusetts, United States
Win 215–8–1 23x15px Pat McCoy UD 10 1958-06-23 23x15px Sargent Field, New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Win 214–8–1 23x15px Bobby Singleton UD 10 1958-05-20 23x15px Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 213–8–1 23x15px Jimmy Kelly UD 10 1958-04-29 23x15px Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 212–8–1 23x15px Cleo Ortiz UD 10 1958-04-14 23x15px Arcadia Ballroom, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 211–8–1 23x15px George Stephany UD 10 1958-04-08 23x15px Bristol, Connecticut, United States
Win 210–8–1 23x15px Prince Johnson UD 10 1958-03-31 23x15px Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 209–8–1 23x15px Tommy Tibbs SD 10 1958-01-14 23x15px Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 209–7–1 23x15px Jimmy Connors UD 10 1957-12-17 23x15px Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 208–7–1 23x15px Russell Tague UD 10 1957-07-23 23x15px Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, United States
Win 207–7–1 23x15px Manny Castro UD 10 1957-07-16 23x15px Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, United States
Win 206–7–1 23x15px Manny Castro UD 10 1957-05-10 23x15px Memorial Stadium, Florence, South Carolina, United States
Win 205–7–1 23x15px Cesar Morales UD 10 1957-04-23 23x15px War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 204–7–1 23x15px Hector Bacquettes TKO 5 (10) 1956-07-04 23x15px Roosevelt Stadium, Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
Win 203–7–1 23x15px Russell Tague UD 10 1956-06-19 23x15px Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 202–7–1 23x15px Manuel Armenteros RTD 6 (10) 1956-05-22 23x15px San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 201–7–1 23x15px Jackie Blair UD 10 1956-04-17 23x15px State Theatre, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 200–7–1 23x15px Buddy Baggett UD 10 1956-03-27 23x15px Sportatorium, Beaumont, Texas, United States
Win 199–7–1 23x15px Kid Campeche UD 10 1956-03-16 23x15px Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 198–7–1 23x15px Andy Arel UD 10 1955-12-28 23x15px Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 197–7–1 23x15px Leo Carter TKO 4 (8) 1955-12-13 23x15px Houston, Texas, United States
Win 196–7–1 23x15px Pappy Gault UD 10 1955-11-29 23x15px Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 195–7–1 23x15px Charley Titone UD 10 1955-10-10 23x15px Maple Arena, Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Win 194–7–1 23x15px Pappy Gault UD 10 1955-09-27 23x15px Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 193–7–1 23x15px Jimmy Ithia TKO 6 (10) 1955-09-13 23x15px Hedges Stadium, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Win 192–7–1 23x15px Hector Rodriguez UD 10 1955-07-12 23x15px Hedges Stadium, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Win 191–7–1 23x15px Mickey Mars TKO 7 (10) 1955-06-14 23x15px Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 190–7–1 23x15px Joey Cam TKO 3 (10) 1955-06-01 23x15px Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 189–7–1 23x15px Gil Cadilli UD 10 1955-05-18 23x15px Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Loss 188–7–1 23x15px Gil Cadilli SD 10 1955-03-30 23x15px San Francisco, California, United States
Win 188–6–1 23x15px Charley Titone UD 10 1955-03-22 23x15px Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 187–6–1 23x15px Merrill Olmstead UD 10 1955-03-11 23x15px Bennington, Vermont, United States
Win 186–6–1 23x15px Mario 'Eladio' Colon UD 10 1954-11-01 23x15px Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Win 185–6–1 23x15px Til LeBlanc UD 10 1954-08-18 23x15px Moncton Arena, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Win 184–6–1 23x15px Mike Tourcotte UD 10 1954-07-24 23x15px Hartwell Field, Mobile, Alabama, United States
Loss 183–6–1 23x15px Lulu Perez TKO 2 (10) 1954-02-26 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 183–5–1 23x15px Davey Seabrook UD 10 1954-01-19 23x15px Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 182–5–1 23x15px Tony Longo UD 10 1953-12-15 23x15px Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 181–5–1 23x15px Billy Lima KO 2 (10) 1953-12-08 23x15px City Auditorium, Houston, Texas, United States
Win 180–5–1 23x15px Davey Allen UD 10 1953-12-04 23x15px Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Win 179–5–1 23x15px Sonny Luciano UD 10 1953-11-21 23x15px Armory, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 178–5–1 23x15px Pat Marcune TKO 10 (10) 1953-06-05 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 177–5–1 23x15px Jackie Blair UD 10 1953-05-13 23x15px Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Win 176–5–1 23x15px Noel Paquette UD 10 1953-04-07 23x15px Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 175–5–1 23x15px Joey Gambino UD 10 1953-03-31 23x15px Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 174–5–1 23x15px Pepe Alvarez UD 10 1953-02-10 23x15px Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 173–5–1 23x15px Dave Mitchell UD 10 1953-01-27 23x15px Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 172–5–1 23x15px Billy Lauderdale UD 10 1953-01-19 23x15px Nassau Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Win 171–5–1 23x15px Jorge Sanchez UD 10 1952-12-05 23x15px Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Win 170–5–1 23x15px Fabela Chavez UD 10 1952-11-19 23x15px Oakland Avenue Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 169–5–1 23x15px Manny Castro TKO 5 (10) 1952-11-05 23x15px Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 168–5–1 23x15px Billy Lima UD 10 1952-10-20 23x15px Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 167–5–1 23x15px Armand Savoie UD 10 1952-10-01 23x15px Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 166–5–1 23x15px Bobby Woods UD 10 1952-09-11 23x15px Denman Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 165–5–1 23x15px Billy Lima UD 10 1952-09-03 23x15px Legion Field, Pensacola, Florida, United States
Loss 164–5–1 23x15px Tommy Collins TKO 6 (10) 1952-06-30 23x15px Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 164–4–1 23x15px Claude Hammond UD 10 1952-05-21 23x15px Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 163–4–1 23x15px Buddy Baggett KO 5 (10) 1952-05-10 23x15px Eustis Park, Aiken, South Carolina, United States
Win 162–4–1 23x15px Kenny Leach UD 10 1952-05-05 23x15px Golden Park, Columbus, Georgia, United States
Win 161–4–1 23x15px Santiago Gonzalez UD 10 1952-04-29 23x15px Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss 160–4–1 23x15px Sandy Saddler RTD 9 (15) 1951-09-26 23x15px Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, United States For World Featherweight Title
Win 160–3–1 23x15px Corky Gonzales UD 10 1951-09-04 23x15px New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 159–3–1 23x15px Jesus Compos UD 10 1951-06-04 23x15px Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 158–3–1 23x15px Eddie Chavez SD 10 1951-04-27 23x15px Cow Palace, Daly City, California, United States
Win 157–3–1 23x15px Baby Ortiz TKO 5 (10) 1951-04-17 23x15px Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 156–3–1 23x15px Pat Iacobucci UD 10 1951-03-26 23x15px Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 155–3–1 23x15px Carlos Chavez UD 10 1951-03-05 23x15px Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 154–3–1 23x15px Eddie Webb TKO 2 (10) 1951-02-26 23x15px Legion Coliseum, Sarasota, Florida, United States
Win 153–3–1 23x15px Tommy Baker TKO 4 (10) 1951-01-30 23x15px Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Loss 152–3–1 23x15px Sandy Saddler RTD 8 (15) 1950-09-08 23x15px Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, United States Lost World Featherweight Title
Win 152–2–1 23x15px Proctor Heinhold UD 10 1950-08-02 23x15px Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 151–2–1 23x15px Bobby Bell UD 10 1950-07-25 23x15px Griffith Stadium, Washington D.C., United States
Win 150–2–1 23x15px Bobby Timpson UD 10 1950-06-26 23x15px Outdoor Arena, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 149–2–1 23x15px Terry Young UD 10 1950-06-01 23x15px Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 148–2–1 23x15px Asuncion Llanos KO 2 (10) 1950-05-15 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 147–2–1 23x15px Ray Famechon UD 15 1950-03-17 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Retained World Featherweight Title
Win 146–2–1 23x15px Jimmy Warren UD 10 1950-02-22 23x15px Miami, Florida, United States
Win 145–2–1 23x15px Roy Andrews UD 10 1950-02-06 23x15px Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 144–2–1 23x15px Charley Riley KO 5 (15) 1950-01-16 23x15px Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States Retained World Featherweight Title
Win 143–2–1 23x15px Harold Dade UD 10 1949-12-12 23x15px Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 142–2–1 23x15px Eddie Compo TKO 7 (15) 1949-09-20 23x15px Municipal Stadium, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States Retained World Featherweight Title
Win 141–2–1 23x15px Jean Mougin UD 10 1949-07-12 23x15px MacArthur Stadium, Syracuse, New York, United States
Win 140–2–1 23x15px Johnny LaRusso UD 10 1949-06-20 23x15px Century Stadium, West Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win 139–2–1 23x15px Al Pennino UD 10 1949-06-14 23x15px Wahconah Park, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win 138–2–1 23x15px Luis Ramos UD 10 1949-06-06 23x15px New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 137–2–1 23x15px Sandy Saddler UD 15 1949-02-11 23x15px 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 23x15px Teddy Davis UD 10 1949-01-17 23x15px Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 135–2–1 23x15px Hermie Freeman UD 10 1948-12-20 23x15px Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 134–2–1 23x15px Sandy Saddler KO 4 (15) 1948-10-29 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Lost World Featherweight Title
Win 134–1–1 23x15px Johnny LaRusso UD 10 1948-10-19 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 133–1–1 23x15px Chuck Burton UD 8 1948-10-12 23x15px Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Win 132–1–1 23x15px Paddy DeMarco UD 10 1948-09-10 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 131–1–1 23x15px Johnny Dell TKO 8 (10) 1948-09-02 23x15px Municipal Stadium, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 130–1–1 23x15px Teddy Davis UD 10 1948-08-17 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 129–1–1 23x15px Teddy Davis UD 10 1948-08-03 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 128–1–1 23x15px Young Junior KO 1 (10) 1948-07-28 23x15px Utica, New York, United States
Win 127–1–1 23x15px Luther Burgess UD 10 1948-06-25 23x15px Flint, Michigan, United States
Win 126–1–1 23x15px Miguel Acevedo UD 10 1948-06-17 23x15px Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 125–1–1 23x15px Charley Cabey Lewis UD 10 1948-05-19 23x15px Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 124–1–1 23x15px Leroy Willis UD 10 1948-05-07 23x15px Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 123–1–1 23x15px Humberto Sierra TKO 10 (15) 1948-02-24 23x15px Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida, United States Retained World Featherweight title
Win 122–1–1 23x15px Joey Angelo UD 10 1948-01-19 23x15px Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 121–1–1 23x15px Jimmy McAllister UD 10 1948-01-12 23x15px Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 120–1–1 23x15px Pedro Biesca UD 10 1948-01-06 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 119–1–1 23x15px Lefty LaChance TKO 8 (10) 1947-12-30 23x15px Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
Win 118–1–1 23x15px Alvaro Estrada UD 10 1947-12-22 23x15px City Hall, Lewiston, Maine, United States
Win 117–1–1 23x15px Archie Wilmer MD 10 1947-10-27 23x15px Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 116–1–1 23x15px Jean Barriere KO 1 (10) 1947-10-21 23x15px Portland, Maine, United States
Win 115–1–1 23x15px Jock Leslie KO 12 (15) 1947-08-22 23x15px Atwood Stadium, Flint, Michigan, United States Won Vacant World Featherweight Title
Win 114–1–1 23x15px Humberto Sierra UD 10 1947-07-23 23x15px Auditorium Outdoor Arena, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 113–1–1 23x15px Paulie Jackson UD 10 1947-07-15 23x15px New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Win 112–1–1 23x15px Jean Barriere KO 4 (10) 1947-07-11 23x15px North Adams, Massachusetts, United States
Win 111–1–1 23x15px Leo LeBron UD 8 1947-07-08 23x15px Crystal Arena, Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Win 110–1–1 23x15px Joey Fontana KO 5 (10) 1947-07-01 23x15px Hawkins Stadium, Albany, New York, United States
Win 109–1–1 23x15px Victor Flores UD 10 1947-06-17 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States Pep's first bout, since he had suffered serious injuries in a plane crash.
Win 108–1–1 23x15px Chalky Wright KO 3 (10) 1946-11-27 23x15px Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 107–1–1 23x15px Tomas Beato KO 2 (10) 1946-11-15 23x15px State Armory, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 106–1–1 23x15px Paulie Jackson UD 10 1946-11-01 23x15px Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 105–1–1 23x15px Lefty LaChance TKO 3 (10) 1946-09-17 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 104–1–1 23x15px Walter Kolby TKO 5 (10) 1946-09-04 23x15px Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 103–1–1 23x15px Doll Rafferty KO 6 (10) 1946-08-26 23x15px Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 102–1–1 23x15px Jackie Graves TKO 8 (10) 1946-07-25 23x15px Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 101–1–1 23x15px Harold Gibson TKO 7 (10) 1946-07-10 23x15px Civic Stadium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 100–1–1 23x15px Sal Bartolo KO 12 (15) 1946-06-07 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Won NBA & NYSAC World featherweight title
Win 99–1–1 23x15px Jimmy Joyce UD 8 1946-05-27 23x15px Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 98–1–1 23x15px Jose Aponte Torres UD 10 1946-05-22 23x15px Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 97–1–1 23x15px Joey Angelo UD 10 1946-05-13 23x15px Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 96–1–1 23x15px Ernie Petrone UD 10 1946-05-06 23x15px New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 95–1–1 23x15px Georgie Knox TKO 3 (10) 1946-04-08 23x15px Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 94–1–1 23x15px Jackie Wilson UD 10 1946-03-26 23x15px Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 93–1–1 23x15px Jimmy McAllister KO 2 (10) 1946-03-01 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 92–1–1 23x15px Jimmy Joyce UD 10 1946-02-13 23x15px Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 91–1–1 23x15px Johnny Virgo KO 2 (10) 1946-01-15 23x15px Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Draw 90–1–1 23x15px Jimmy McAllister MD 10 1945-12-13 23x15px Baltimore Garden, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 90–1 23x15px Harold Gibson UD 10 1945-12-05 23x15px Lewiston Armory, Lewiston, Maine, United States
Win 89–1 23x15px Eddie Giosa UD 10 1945-11-26 23x15px Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 88–1 23x15px Mike Martyk TKO 5 (10) 1945-11-05 23x15px Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 87–1 23x15px Paulie Jackson UD 8 1945-10-30 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 86–1 23x15px Phil Terranova UD 15 1945-02-19 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Retained NYSAC World featherweight title
Win 85–1 23x15px Willie Roache UD 10 1945-02-05 23x15px New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 84–1 23x15px Ralph Walton UD 10 1945-01-23 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 83–1 23x15px Chalky Wright UD 10 1944-12-05 23x15px Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 82–1 23x15px Pedro Hernandez UD 10 1944-11-27 23x15px Uline Arena, Washington D.C., United States
Win 81–1 23x15px Charley Cabey Lewis UD 10 1944-11-14 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 80–1 23x15px Jackie Leamus UD 10 1944-10-25 23x15px Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 79–1 23x15px Chalky Wright UD 15 1944-09-29 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Won NYSAC World featherweight title
Win 78–1 23x15px Charley Cabey Lewis TKO 8 (10) 1944-09-19 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 77–1 23x15px Joey Peralta UD 10 1944-08-28 23x15px West Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win 76–1 23x15px Lulu Costantino UD 10 1944-08-04 23x15px Municipal Stadium, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 75–1 23x15px Manuel Ortiz UD 10 1944-07-17 23x15px Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 74–1 23x15px Willie Joyce UD 10 1944-07-07 23x15px Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 73–1 23x15px Julie Kogon UD 10 1944-06-06 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 72–1 23x15px Joey Bagnato KO 2 (10) 1944-05-23 23x15px Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 71–1 23x15px Frankie Rubino UD 10 1944-05-19 23x15px Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 70–1 23x15px Jackie Leamus UD 10 1944-05-01 23x15px Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 69–1 23x15px Harold 'Snooks' Lacey UD 10 1944-04-20 23x15px New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 68–1 23x15px Leo Francis UD 10 1944-04-04 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 67–1 23x15px Sal Bartolo UD 15 1943-06-08 23x15px Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, United States Retained NYSAC World featherweight title
Win 66–1 23x15px Jackie Wilson UD 12 1943-04-26 23x15px Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 65–1 23x15px Angel Aviles UD 10 1943-04-19 23x15px Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 64–1 23x15px Sal Bartolo SD 10 1943-04-09 23x15px Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 63–1 23x15px Bobby McIntire UD 10 1943-03-29 23x15px Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Loss 62–1 23x15px Sammy Angott UD 10 1943-03-19 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 62–0 23x15px Lou Transparenti KO 6 (10) 1943-03-02 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 61–0 23x15px Bill Speary UD 10 1943-02-15 23x15px Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 60–0 23x15px Davey Crawford UD 10 1943-02-11 23x15px Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 59–0 23x15px Allie Stolz UD 10 1943-01-29 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 58–0 23x15px Bill Speary UD 10 1943-01-19 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 57–0 23x15px Vince Dell'Orto UD 10 1943-01-04 23x15px New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 56–0 23x15px Joey Silva RTD 9 (10) 1942-12-21 23x15px Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 55–0 23x15px Jose Aponte Torres TKO 7 (10) 1942-12-14 23x15px Turner's Arena, Washington D.C., United States
Win 54–0 23x15px Chalky Wright UD 15 1942-11-20 23x15px 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 23x15px George Zengaras UD 10 1942-10-27 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 52–0 23x15px Joey Archibald UD 10 1942-10-16 23x15px Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 51–0 23x15px Bobby McIntire UD 10 1942-10-05 23x15px Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 50–0 23x15px Vince Dell'Orto UD 10 1942-09-22 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 49–0 23x15px Frank Franconeri TKO 1 (8) 1942-09-10 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 48–0 23x15px Bobby Ivy TKO 10 (10) 1942-09-01 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 47–0 23x15px Nat Litfin UD 10 1942-08-20 23x15px White City Stadium, West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 46–0 23x15px Pedro Hernandez UD 10 1942-08-11 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 45–0 23x15px Joey Silva RTD 7 (8) 1942-08-01 23x15px Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 44–0 23x15px Abe Denner UD 12 1942-07-21 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Won USA New England featherweight title
Win 43–0 23x15px Joey Archibald UD 10 1942-06-23 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 42–0 23x15px Joey Iannotti UD 8 1942-05-26 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 41–0 23x15px Aaron Seltzer UD 8 1942-05-12 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 40–0 23x15px Curley Nichols UD 8 1942-05-04 23x15px New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 39–0 23x15px Spider Armstrong KO 4 (8) 1942-04-14 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 38–0 23x15px Johnny Compo UD 8 1942-03-18 23x15px New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 37–0 23x15px Willie Roache UD 8 1942-02-24 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 36–0 23x15px Angelo Callura UD 8 1942-02-10 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 35–0 23x15px Abie Kaufman UD 8 1942-01-27 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 34–0 23x15px Sammy Parotta UD 6 1942-01-16 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 33–0 23x15px Mexican Joe Rivers TKO 4 (8) 1942-01-08 23x15px Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Win 32–0 23x15px Ruby Garcia UD 6 1941-12-12 23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 31–0 23x15px Davey Crawford UD 8 1941-11-24 23x15px Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 30–0 23x15px Buddy Spencer UD 6 1941-11-07 23x15px Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, United States
Win 29–0 23x15px Connie Savoie TKO 2 (8) 1941-10-21 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 28–0 23x15px Carlos Manzano UD 8 1941-10-09 23x15px New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 27–0 23x15px Jackie Harris TKO 1 (8) 1941-09-25 23x15px New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 26–0 23x15px Eddie Flores KO 1 (8) 1941-08-11 23x15px Carpet City Arena, Thompsonville, Connecticut, United States
Win 25–0 23x15px Paul Frechette TKO 3 (6) 1941-08-05 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 24–0 23x15px Jimmy Gilligan UD 8 1941-07-15 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 23–0 23x15px Eddie DeAngelis TKO 3 (8) 1941-06-24 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 22–0 23x15px Harry Hintlian UD 6 1941-06-19 23x15px Manchester, Connecticut, United States
Win 21–0 23x15px Johnny Cockfield UD 6 1941-05-12 23x15px Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 20–0 23x15px Lou Pugliese KO 2 (6) 1941-05-06 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 19–0 23x15px Joey Silva UD 6 1941-04-22 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 18–0 23x15px Henry Vasquez UD 6 1941-04-14 23x15px Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 17–0 23x15px Joey Gatto KO 2 (6) 1941-03-31 23x15px Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 16–0 23x15px Marty Shapiro UD 6 1941-03-25 23x15px Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 15–0 23x15px Ruby Garcia UD 6 1941-03-03 23x15px Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 14–0 23x15px Ruby Garcia UD 6 1941-02-17 23x15px Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 13–0 23x15px Don Lyons KO 2 (6) 1941-02-10 23x15px Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 12–0 23x15px Augie Almeda TKO 6 (6) 1941-01-28 23x15px New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 11–0 23x15px Joe Echevarria UD 6 1941-01-13 23x15px Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Win 10–0 23x15px Jim Mutane KO 2 (6) 1940-12-06 23x15px New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Win 9–0 23x15px Frank Topazio TKO 5 (6) 1940-11-29 23x15px New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Win 8–0 23x15px Carlo Daponde TKO 6 (6) 1940-11-22 23x15px New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Win 7–0 23x15px Jimmy McAllister UD 4 1940-10-24 23x15px New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Win 6–0 23x15px Jimmy Riche TKO 3 (6) 1940-10-03 23x15px Randolph-Clowes Stadium, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 5–0 23x15px Jack Moore UD 6 1940-09-19 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 4–0 23x15px Joey Marcus UD 4 1940-09-05 23x15px Randolph-Clowes Stadium, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 3–0 23x15px Tommy Burns TKO 1 (4) 1940-08-29 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 2–0 23x15px Joey Wasnick KO 3 (4) 1940-08-08 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 1–0 23x15px Joey Marcus UD 4 1940-07-25 23x15px Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Pep's professional debut.

References

  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/index.php/Willie_Pep_vs._Sandy_Saddler_(3rd_meeting)
  7. http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/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, ISBN 1-55365-233-9 .
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  12. Stradley, Don (April 2007), "Willie Pep: 1922-2006", The Ring 86 (4): 71 

External links

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