Willie Pep: His Ten Biggest Ring Victories
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Willie Pep vs. Sandy Saddler 2 (1949)
Saddler was the reigning featherweight champion and Willie Pep was the former champ having lost the title less than a year earlier to Sandy Saddler by fourth round knockout.
Pep put on a masterful performance as he landed time and time again with his jab and quick right hand leads and counters. Saddler had his moments and stunned Pep a few times during the contest but Pep was winning more rounds. Pep put it all together in this bout using footwork, timing, defense and great ring generalship overall to become a two time featherweight champion. Pep won a 15 round decision.
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Willie Pep vs. Chalky Wright 1 1942)
Wright was the featherweight champion and Pep was his top rated challenger.
Pep used exceptional footwork and an accurate left jab to dominate the champion. In the fifth round Wright finally caught Pep and cut his eye. In the sixth and seventh Wright attacked the body and head to win those heats. From the 8th through the final bell ending the 15th Pep put on a dazzling display of offensive and defensive boxing skill. Pep won a 15 round decision and the featherweight belt in the process.
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Willie Pep vs. Paddy DeMarco (1948)
Pep was the featherweight king but this was a non title bout. DeMarco was a top rated lightweight and featherweight.
DeMarco was simply one step behind althouigh he won two or three heats. Pep was at his defensive best as he dipped, ducked, slipped and dodged most of Paddy DeMarco's shots. Pep also controlled the action with his jab and fast combinations near the end of every round save one or two. After ten rounds of action Pep landed every shot in the book and gave a defensive boxing lesson to DeMarco.
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Willie Pep vs. Manuel Ortiz (1944)
Willie Pep was the world featherweight champion and Manuel Ortiz was a skilled boxer boxing Pep in a non title match.
Pep put on a boxing clinic from start to finish especially with his slick footwork and constant angles. After five rounds it was a shutout. In the sixth Ortiz landed some solid body shots and some crisp jabs to match Pep's jabs and right hands to make it a close round. The seventh was another easy heat for Pep as he circled his opponent and landed at will. The 8th round was the only one Ortiz pulled out and he did so by trapping Pep on the ropes and landing several clean head shots. the 9th and 10th were Pep at his best as he embarrassed Ortiz and barely got hit at all in return. Pep won a crystal clear ten round unanimous decision.
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Willie Pep vs. Sal Bartolo (1946)
Willie Pep was the featherweight champion making a title defense. Bartolo was a top contender with a record of 72-17.
Pep controlled the action with accurate jabs and clean combinations on the inside. In the 4th round Bartolo had some success as he kept Pep in close but it was short lived success. From the 6th till the 11th Bartolo could not find The Will of The Wisp and his face was starting to show the wear. In the 12th of a scheduled 15 Pep uncorked a beautiful right hand that put Bartolo down for the ten count.
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Willie Pep vs. Eddie Compo (1949)
Willie Pep was the featherweight champion and Eddie Compo was a top ranked challenger who sported a great record of 57-1-3.
After a cautious start both boxers started to let their hands go. It was close for two rounds as both combatants landed some good punches. In the third and fourth Pep started turning his foe and making him look silly. Pep put Compo down twice in the fifth with lead right hands. In the sixth stanza Compo clinched constantly trying to recover from the previous rounds beating. In the seventh Pep ended matters with a left hook and an overhand right.
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Willie Pep vs. Ray Famechon (1950)
Willie Pep was the world featherweight King and Ray Famechon was his top ranked challenger who entered the ring with a record of 65-5.
Pep took two rounds to get in his zone but he then took over. Famechon put on tons of pressure but he was hitting mostly air the entire contest. Pep landed shots at will and worked to the body throughout. Famechon was competitive and landed his jab sometimes but Pep out landed him three to one during the match. Pep won a dominant 15 round verdict.
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Willie Pep vs. Chalky Wright (1946)
Willie Pep was the featherweight champion and he was fighting top rated Chalky Wright in a non title fight.
The first round was slow paced with very little action. Pep landed some jabs and a big left hook to the jaw at the end of the heat. In the second round Pep started using his speed of hand and foot. Wright landed a hard right to start the third but when he missed with the left Pep put him away with a perfect right to the chin.
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Willie Pep vs. Willie Joyce (1944)
Willie Pep was the champion in the featherweight division and Willie Joyce was a top ranked veteran contender.
Pep put on one of his finest performances of his career with this dominant ring spectacle. Pep landed from all angles and used body shots and superb uppercuts during the middle rounds. After ten rounds Pep pitched a shutout and didn't have a mark on his face.
Willie Pep vs. Jackie Wilson (1943)
Willie Pep was champion of the world and Jackie Wilson was a top 10 ranked featherweight.
Pep won a clear 12 round decision although it was a very tough and competitive bout for about eight rounds. Wilson actually landed some solid hooks in the first three rounds and looked to be on point but it was not to be. Pep landed more jabs, more body shots, many more right hands and was never touched by a true force knockout shot. The ninth and tenth were Pep rounds as he seemed to get faster and even more active while Jackie Wilson slowed. In the 11th and 12th Pep clowned the swollen faced Wilson. He's pinned this way and that way and rarely got touched but in return Pep was shooting hard jabs and straight rights down the pipe. Clear but hard fought twelve round decision for Pep.
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