Willie Pep: A Biography of the 20th Century's Greatest Featherweight

Willie Pep: A Biography of the 20th Century's Greatest Featherweight

by Mark Allen Baker
Willie Pep: A Biography of the 20th Century's Greatest Featherweight

Willie Pep: A Biography of the 20th Century's Greatest Featherweight

by Mark Allen Baker

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Overview

Among the best pound-for-pound fighters of all time, Willie Pep (1922-2006) was a virtuoso of the squared circle. A two-time World Featherweight Champion, his International Boxing Hall of Fame professional record stands at 230 wins, 11 losses and one draw, with 65 knockouts and two winning streaks of more than 62 victories--each longer than most modern fighters' careers. During his 26 years in the ring, he appeared on cards with everyone from Fritzie Zivic to Joe Frazier. A scientific boxer with balletic defensive skills and a stiff jab, Pep--known as "Will o' the Wisp"--so masterfully evaded his opponents, one remarked it was like battling a man in a room full of mirrors. This book covers his remarkable career, with highlights of each bout.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476685526
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/26/2022
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 550,274
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Allen Baker, business executive and writer of hundreds of articles and more than 25 books, is the only person to serve the International Boxing Hall of Fame as an author, historian, chairperson, sponsor, volunteer and biographer. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. He was accorded a Lifetime Award of Merit by the State University of New York in 2022.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 3

1 A Machinist's Son 7

2 Establishing Proficiency, 1940-1941 23

3 The War Years, Part 1, 1942-1943 33

4 The War Years, Part 2, 1944-1945 57

5 Postwar Pugilism, 1946-1947 72

6 Ring Rivalry, 1948-1949 89

7 The Pinnacle, 1950-1951 108

8 Moving Forward, 1952-1954 125

9 One Last Shot, 1955-1958 143

10 Last Rounds, 1959-1969 161

11 The Seventies, 1970-1979 177

12 Retirement, 1980-2006 184

Appendix A A Canastota Scrapbook 195

Appendix B Guglielmo Papaleo-Boxing Record 201

Appendix C Skills Overview 219

Appendix D Official Records of Associated Members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame 223

Chapter Notes 225

Bibliography 241

Index 245

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