Ambling Alp II wrote: vagabundo55 wrote:
How they forget Sandy Saddler conveniently.
That crossed my mind regarding this fight as well. Saddler stopped Pep 3 out of 4 times. It should not be inconceivable that Sanchez could get to Pep enough to do some damage. Sanchez was a very skillful, well-rounded fighter.
True, Sanchez never beat anyone as good as Pep. However, outside of beating Saddler once out of 4 times, Pep never beat anyone as good as Sanchez.
I see you're points of reference and such but i think it would really come down to speed and elusiveness and Pep at 126 is the better boxer and wins most of the time vs Sanchez. Sanchez was the bigger physical speciman and he loved fighting hard grueling battles,especially against punchers or brawlers,Sanchez was a Boxer brawler,Pep a pure boxer,and as for Saddler,no disrespect to him overall,a great legend yes,but also an incredibly ridulously dirty boxer.
The dirtiness really came out in the Pep bouts because Saddler obviously knew thats what he had to do to win,and amazing what he got away with in they're 4 bout trilogy.
The one fight where Saddler was the least dirtiest was the one that Pep triumphed,and it was an absolutely beautifull performance. In they're 1st bout,Pep still had the post plane crash hangover and just generally major rust against competitive boxers. Pep won the 2nd bout fair and square,one of the greatest boxing performances ever. After that,Saddler knew what he had to do in order to win against Pep(Fight very dirty),and like i said,just utterly amazing what he got away with,its basically simultaneously funny and dispicable at the same time,if that makes sense.
On a side note,Being that Sanchez was such a physical presence at 126,i really believe he could've carried on at higher weightclasses,and with plenty of success. Pep probably not so much,being that he really relied on that in and out swiftness/quickness pure boxing stylistic approach. Sanchez,a big rough and tough Featherweight with endless stamina and great resiliance most likely would've become a title holder at 130,even at 135, especially being that this is back before the modern ridiculous weight draining methods became standard fare for boxers and other fight sport combatants.