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[[Image:Ibhof-logo.jpg|thumb|right|Class of 1990<br>Modern Category<br>Hall of Fame bio:[http://www.ibhof.com/pages/about/inductees/modern/pep.html click]]]
 
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'''Manager''': [[Lou Viscusi]]<br>
 
'''Manager''': [[Lou Viscusi]]<br>
 
'''Trainer''': [[Bill Gore]]<br>
 
'''Trainer''': [[Bill Gore]]<br>
'''Officiating Record:''' [http://www.boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=401063&cat=referee Referee]<br>
 
 
'''[[:Category:Willie Pep Gallery|Willie Pep Gallery]]'''
 
'''[[:Category:Willie Pep Gallery|Willie Pep Gallery]]'''
 
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*Defeated [[Chalky Wright]] at the age of 20 to win the world featherweight title.
* Named [[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year|''The Ring'' Fighter of the Year]] in 1945.
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*Won his first 62 professional fights before losing a ten-round decision to former world lightweight champion [[Sammy Angott]]
 
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* Named ''The Ring'' [[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year|Fighter of the Year]] in 1945.
* In 1963, Pep was elected to the [[Ring Magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame]].
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* Was seriously injured in a plane crash in January 1947. The co-pilot and two passengers were killed.
* In 1981, Pep was elected to the [[World Boxing Hall of Fame]].
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* Had a record of 134-1-1 when he lost the featherweight title to [[Sandy Saddler]] in 1948. Pep outpointed Saddler to regain the title in ''The Ring'' [[Ring Magazine Fight of the Year|Fight of the Year]] for 1949. Saddler regained the title from Pep in 1950, and successfully defended it against Pep in 1951. Their last fight was named the [[The Ring Magazine - Miscellaneous Lists|6th dirtiest fight of all time]] by ''The Ring'' in 1997.
* In 1990, Pep was elected to the [[International Boxing Hall of Fame]].
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* Knocked out in two rounds by [[Lulu Perez]] in 1954. Many believe Pep took a dive. A late surge of betting on Perez moved the odds favoring him from 6-5 to 3½-1 and some bookmakers took the fight off the boards. A 1980 ''Inside Sports'' magazine article called "The Fix" said a boxer, identified as "The Champ," threw a fight against Lulu Perez in 1954 for $16,000. Pep filed a $75 million libel suit against Newsweek Inc, which owned ''Inside Sports''. The jury deliberated for just 15 minutes and ruled against Pep.
* In 1999, The Associated Press selected Pep as the greatest featherweight of the 20th Century and the fifth greatest boxer of the century.
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* Retired in 1959, but returned to the ring in 1965 and fought ten more times before retiring for good at the age of 43.   
*In 2010, Pep was elected to the [[Florida Boxing Hall of Fame]].
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* Elected to ''The Ring'' [[Ring Magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame|Hall of Fame]] in 1963.
 
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* Elected to the [[World Boxing Hall of Fame]] in 1981.
* Pep went on to become a prominent referee, and the deputy boxing commissioner of Connecticut.
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* Elected to the [[International Boxing Hall of Fame]] in 1990.
* Pep's final years were spent at the West Hill Convalescent Home in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
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* Named the greatest featherweight of the century and the fifth greatest boxer of the century by the Associated Press in 1999.
*International Boxing Hall of Fame bio: [http://www.ibhof.com/pages/about/inductees/modern/pep.html]
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* Named the [[Division-By-Division - The Greatest Fighters of All-Time|greatest featherweight of all-time]] by ''The Ring'' in 1994 and 2002.
*Video In This Corner - Willie Pep : [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quAvMC5DZPo]
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* Elected to the [[Florida Boxing Hall of Fame]] in 2010.
*Video highlights : [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a_wt60Wn9M]
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* Became a prominent referee and a deputy boxing commissioner for the state of Connecticut.
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* Married six times. "All my wives were great housekeepers," he would say. "After every divorce, they kept the house."
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* Suffered from Alzheimer's Disease in his final years and died at the West Hill Convalescent Home in Rocky Hill, Connecticut in 2004.
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* [http://www.ibhof.com/pages/about/inductees/modern/pep.html International Boxing Hall of Fame Bio]
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quAvMC5DZPo Video: In This Corner - Willie Pep]
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a_wt60Wn9M Video Highlights]
  
  

Revision as of 00:39, 11 October 2012

WilliePep2.JPG
Class of 1990
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Willie Pep
Alias: Will o' the Wisp
Birth Name: Gugliermo Papaleo
Born: 1922-09-19
Birthplace: Middletown, Connecticut, USA
Died: 2006-11-23 (Age:84)
Hometown: Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 5″   /   165cm
Reach: 68″   /   173cm
Boxing Record: click
Refereeing Record: click

Manager: Lou Viscusi
Trainer: Bill Gore
Willie Pep Gallery

  • Defeated Chalky Wright at the age of 20 to win the world featherweight title.
  • Won his first 62 professional fights before losing a ten-round decision to former world lightweight champion Sammy Angott
  • Named The Ring Fighter of the Year in 1945.
  • Was seriously injured in a plane crash in January 1947. The co-pilot and two passengers were killed.
  • Had a record of 134-1-1 when he lost the featherweight title to Sandy Saddler in 1948. Pep outpointed Saddler to regain the title in The Ring Fight of the Year for 1949. Saddler regained the title from Pep in 1950, and successfully defended it against Pep in 1951. Their last fight was named the 6th dirtiest fight of all time by The Ring in 1997.
  • Knocked out in two rounds by Lulu Perez in 1954. Many believe Pep took a dive. A late surge of betting on Perez moved the odds favoring him from 6-5 to 3½-1 and some bookmakers took the fight off the boards. A 1980 Inside Sports magazine article called "The Fix" said a boxer, identified as "The Champ," threw a fight against Lulu Perez in 1954 for $16,000. Pep filed a $75 million libel suit against Newsweek Inc, which owned Inside Sports. The jury deliberated for just 15 minutes and ruled against Pep.
  • Retired in 1959, but returned to the ring in 1965 and fought ten more times before retiring for good at the age of 43.
  • Elected to The Ring Hall of Fame in 1963.
  • Elected to the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1981.
  • Elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • Named the greatest featherweight of the century and the fifth greatest boxer of the century by the Associated Press in 1999.
  • Named the greatest featherweight of all-time by The Ring in 1994 and 2002.
  • Elected to the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010.
  • Became a prominent referee and a deputy boxing commissioner for the state of Connecticut.
  • Married six times. "All my wives were great housekeepers," he would say. "After every divorce, they kept the house."
  • Suffered from Alzheimer's Disease in his final years and died at the West Hill Convalescent Home in Rocky Hill, Connecticut in 2004.
  • International Boxing Hall of Fame Bio
  • Video: In This Corner - Willie Pep
  • Video Highlights




Preceded by:
Chalky Wright
World Featherweight Champion
1942 Nov 20 – 1948 Oct 29
Succeeded by:
Sandy Saddler
Preceded by:
Sandy Saddler
World Featherweight Champion
1949 Feb 11 – 1950 Sept 8
Succeeded by:
Sandy Saddler