1950-03-17 Willie Pep w pts 15 Ray Famechon, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1950-03-17 Willie Pep w pts 15 Ray Famechon, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ruby Goldstein. Scorecards: 10-3, 12-3, 9-3. Although Pep (124¾) took a commanding lead, scoring with stabbing lefts to the head and accurate counters as the challenger made the running, by the tenth round he was beginning to tire and his clever boxing began to falter. He still had too much for the Frenchman though and as hard as Famechon (125) tried he could not break down Pep’s defences, which included a fair amount of grabbing and holding. The only time Famechon appeared to get through was in the 11th when two left hooks made their mark and Pep, cut over the right eye, was ultimately good value for the unanimous verdict given to him by the judges.

Finally, in early August, Sandy Saddler got his opportunity of a third meeting with Pep after giving way on financial issues. One of the reasons given for why it took so long to make the fight was because Charley Johnston, Saddler’s manager, was a prime mover in the Manager’s Guild which had been fighting a TV war with the International Boxing Club of New York that had only just been settled.