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Willie Pep Record

Total Fights241
Title Wins6
Title Defenses9
Title-Fight KOs5
KO Wins65
KO Losses6
Willie Pep Record & Stats
Middletown, Connecticut, United States
“Will o' the Wisp”
Sep 19, 1922
Nov 23, 2006 (84 years)
Jul 25, 1940
Title Fights
65 (27%)
165 cm
173 cm
Ape Index
8 cm
Last Fight
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Willie Pep's Record
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      What is Willie Pep's record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 25 years and seven months, Willie Pep fought 241 times with 229 wins, 11 losses, and 1 draw.

      Pep retired from professional boxing with a record of 229-11-1, which included six featherweight world-title wins and nine successful title defense fights. He had a 27% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 65 of his total 241 fights being knockout wins, five of which were in title fights. Pep suffered six knockout losses in his career, three of which were in title fights.

      His last fight was a 6-round unanimous decision defeat to Calvin Woodland on March 16, 1966.

      Some of Pep's best fights and notable victories include wins over four Hall-of-Famers (Sandy Saddler, Chalky Wright, Manuel Ortiz, and Tommy Burns), Charley Riley, Eddie Compo, Sal Bartolo, Humberto Sierra, and Asuncion Llanos.

      241Mar 16, 196643Calvin WoodlandLossUD
      240Oct 25, 196543Ray ColemanWinKO5
      239Oct 14, 196543Sergio MusquizWinTKO5
      238Oct 4, 196543Tommy HadenWinTKO3
      237Oct 1, 196543Willie LittleWinTKO3
      236Sep 28, 196543Johnny GilmoreWinUD
      235Jul 26, 196542Benny Red RandallWinUD
      234May 21, 196542Johnny GilmoreWinUD
      233Apr 26, 196542Jackie LennonWinUD
      232Mar 11, 196542Harold McKeeverWinUD
      231Jan 26, 195936Sonny LeonLossUD
      230Sep 20, 195836Hogan BasseyLossTKO9
      229Aug 26, 195835Al DuarteWinUD
      228Aug 9, 195835Jesse RodriguezWinUD
      227Aug 4, 195835Luis CarmonaWinUD
      226Jul 17, 195835Bobby BellWinUD
      225Jul 1, 195835Bobby SoaresWinUD
      224Jun 23, 195835Pat McCoyWinUD
      223May 20, 195835Bobby SingletonWinUD
      222Apr 29, 195835Jimmy KellyWinUD
      221Apr 14, 195835Cleo OrtizWinUD
      220Apr 8, 195835George StephanyWinUD
      219Mar 31, 195835Prince JohnsonWinUD
      218Jan 14, 195835Tommy TibbsLossSD
      217Dec 17, 195735Jimmy ConnorsWinUD
      216Jul 23, 195734Russell TagueWinUD
      215Jul 16, 195734Manny CastroWinUD
      214May 10, 195734Manny CastroWinUD
      213Apr 23, 195734Cesar MoralesWinUD
      212Jul 4, 195633Hector BacquettesWinTKO5
      211Jun 19, 195633Russell TagueWinUD
      210May 22, 195633Manuel ArmenterosWinRTD6
      209Apr 17, 195633Jackie BlairWinUD
      208Mar 27, 195633Buddy BaggettWinUD
      207Mar 16, 195633Kid CampecheWinUD
      206Dec 28, 195533Andy ArelWinUD
      205Dec 13, 195533Leo CarterWinTKO4
      204Nov 29, 195533Pappy GaultWinUD
      203Oct 10, 195533Charley TitoneWinUD
      202Sep 27, 195533Pappy GaultWinUD
      201Sep 13, 195532Jimmy IthiaWinTKO6
      200Jul 12, 195532Hector RodriguezWinUD
      199Jun 14, 195532Mickey MarsWinTKO7
      198Jun 1, 195532Joey CamWinTKO3
      197May 18, 195532Gil CadilliWinUD
      196Mar 30, 195532Gil CadilliLossSD
      195Mar 22, 195532Charley TitoneWinUD
      194Mar 11, 195532Merrill OlmsteadWinUD
      193Nov 1, 195432Mario ColonWinUD
      192Aug 18, 195431Til LeBlancWinUD
      191Jul 24, 195431Mike TourcotteWinUD
      190Feb 26, 195431Lulu PerezLossTKO2
      189Jan 19, 195431Davey SeabrookWinUD
      188Dec 15, 195331Tony LongoWinUD
      187Dec 8, 195331Billy LimaWinKO2
      186Dec 4, 195331Davey AllenWinUD
      185Nov 21, 195331Sonny LucianoWinUD
      184Jun 5, 195330Pat MarcuneWinTKO10
      183May 13, 195330Jackie BlairWinUD
      182Apr 7, 195330Noel PaquetteWinUD
      181Mar 31, 195330Joey GambinoWinUD
      180Feb 10, 195330Pepe AlvarezWinUD
      179Jan 27, 195330Dave MitchellWinUD
      178Jan 19, 195330Billy LauderdaleWinUD
      177Dec 5, 195230Jorge SanchezWinUD
      176Nov 19, 195230Fabela ChavezWinUD
      175Nov 5, 195230Manny CastroWinTKO5
      174Oct 20, 195230Billy LimaWinUD
      173Oct 1, 195230Armand SavoieWinUD
      172Sep 11, 195229Bobby WoodsWinUD
      171Sep 3, 195229Billy LimaWinUD
      170Jun 30, 195229Tommy CollinsLossTKO6
      169May 21, 195229Claude HammondWinUD
      168May 10, 195229Buddy BaggettWinKO5
      167May 5, 195229Kenny LeachWinUD
      166Apr 29, 195229Santiago GonzalezWinUD
      165Sep 26, 195129Sandy SaddlerLoss *RTD9
      164Sep 4, 195128Corky GonzalesWinUD
      163Jun 4, 195128Jesus ComposWinUD
      162Apr 27, 195128Eddie ChavezWinSD
      161Apr 17, 195128Baby OrtizWinTKO5
      160Mar 26, 195128Pat IacobucciWinUD
      159Mar 5, 195128Carlos ChavezWinUD
      158Feb 26, 195128Eddie WebbWinTKO2
      157Jan 30, 195128Tommy BakerWinTKO4
      156Sep 8, 195027Sandy SaddlerLoss *RTD8
      155Aug 2, 195027Proctor HeinholdWinUD
      154Jul 25, 195027Bobby BellWinUD
      153Jun 26, 195027Bobby TimpsonWinUD
      152Jun 1, 195027Terry YoungWinUD
      151May 15, 195027Asuncion LlanosWinKO2
      150Mar 17, 195027Ray FamechonWin *UD
      149Feb 22, 195027Jimmy WarrenWinUD
      148Feb 6, 195027Roy AndrewsWinUD
      147Jan 16, 195027Charley RileyWin *KO5
      146Dec 12, 194927Harold DadeWinUD
      145Sep 20, 194927Eddie CompoWin *TKO7
      144Jul 12, 194926Jean MouginWinUD
      143Jun 20, 194926Johnny LaRussoWinUD
      142Jun 14, 194926Al PenninoWinUD
      141Jun 6, 194926Luis RamosWinUD
      140Feb 11, 194926Sandy SaddlerWin *UD
      139Jan 17, 194926Teddy DavisWinUD
      138Dec 20, 194826Hermie FreemanWinUD
      137Oct 29, 194826Sandy SaddlerLoss *KO4
      136Oct 19, 194826Johnny LaRussoWinUD
      135Oct 12, 194826Chuck BurtonWinUD
      134Sep 10, 194825Paddy DeMarcoWinUD
      133Sep 2, 194825Johnny DellWinTKO8
      132Aug 17, 194825Teddy DavisWinUD
      131Aug 3, 194825Teddy DavisWinUD
      130Jul 28, 194825Young JuniorWinKO1
      129Jun 25, 194825Luther BurgessWinUD
      128Jun 17, 194825Miguel AcevedoWinUD
      127May 19, 194825Charley Cabey LewisWinUD
      126May 7, 194825Leroy WillisWinUD
      125Feb 24, 194825Humberto SierraWin *TKO10
      124Jan 19, 194825Joey AngeloWinUD
      123Jan 12, 194825Jimmy McAllisterWinUD
      122Jan 6, 194825Pedro BiescaWinUD
      121Dec 30, 194725Lefty LaChanceWinTKO8
      120Dec 22, 194725Alvaro EstradaWinUD
      119Oct 27, 194725Archie WilmerWinMD
      118Oct 21, 194725Jean BarriereWinKO1
      117Aug 22, 194724Jock LeslieWin *KO12
      116Jul 23, 194724Humberto SierraWinUD
      115Jul 15, 194724Paulie JacksonWinUD
      114Jul 11, 194724Jean BarriereWinKO4
      113Jul 8, 194724Leo LeBronWinUD
      112Jul 1, 194724Joey FontanaWinKO5
      111Jun 17, 194724Victor FloresWinUD
      110Nov 27, 194624Chalky WrightWinKO3
      109Nov 15, 194624Tomas BeatoWinKO2
      108Nov 1, 194624Paulie JacksonWinUD
      107Sep 17, 194623Lefty LaChanceWinTKO3
      106Sep 4, 194623Walter KolbyWinTKO5
      105Aug 26, 194623Doll RaffertyWinKO6
      104Jul 25, 194623Jackie GravesWinTKO8
      103Jul 10, 194623Harold GibsonWinTKO7
      102Jun 7, 194623Sal BartoloWin *KO12
      101May 27, 194623Jimmy JoyceWinUD
      100May 22, 194623Jose Aponte TorresWinUD
      99May 13, 194623Joey AngeloWinUD
      98May 6, 194623Ernie PetroneWinUD
      97Apr 8, 194623Georgie KnoxWinTKO3
      96Mar 26, 194623Jackie WilsonWinUD
      95Mar 1, 194623Jimmy McAllisterWinKO2
      94Feb 13, 194623Jimmy JoyceWinUD
      93Jan 15, 194623Johnny VirgoWinKO2
      92Dec 13, 194523Jimmy McAllisterDrawMD
      91Dec 5, 194523Harold GibsonWinUD
      90Nov 26, 194523Eddie GiosaWinUD
      89Nov 5, 194523Mike MartykWinTKO5
      88Oct 30, 194523Paulie JacksonWinUD
      87Feb 19, 194522Phil TerranovaWin *UD
      86Feb 5, 194522Willie RoacheWinUD
      85Jan 23, 194522Ralph WaltonWinUD
      84Dec 5, 194422Chalky WrightWinUD
      83Nov 27, 194422Pedro HernandezWinUD
      82Nov 14, 194422Charley Cabey LewisWinUD
      81Oct 25, 194422Jackie LeamusWinUD
      80Sep 29, 194422Chalky WrightWin *UD
      79Sep 19, 194422Charley Cabey LewisWinTKO8
      78Aug 28, 194421Joey PeraltaWinUD
      77Aug 4, 194421Lulu CostantinoWinUD
      76Jul 17, 194421Manuel OrtizWinUD
      75Jul 7, 194421Willie JoyceWinUD
      74Jun 6, 194421Julie KogonWinUD
      73May 23, 194421Joey BagnatoWinKO2
      72May 19, 194421Frankie RubinoWinUD
      71May 1, 194421Jackie LeamusWinUD
      70Apr 20, 194421Harold LaceyWinUD
      69Apr 4, 194421Leo FrancisWinUD
      68Jun 8, 194320Sal BartoloWin *UD
      67Apr 26, 194320Jackie WilsonWinUD
      66Apr 19, 194320Angel AvilesWinUD
      65Apr 9, 194320Sal BartoloWinSD
      64Mar 29, 194320Bobby McIntireWinUD
      63Mar 19, 194320Sammy AngottLossUD
      62Mar 2, 194320Lou TransparentiWinKO6
      61Feb 15, 194320Bill SpearyWinUD
      60Feb 11, 194320Davey CrawfordWinUD
      59Jan 29, 194320Allie StolzWinUD
      58Jan 19, 194320Bill SpearyWinUD
      57Jan 4, 194320Vince Dell'OrtoWinUD
      56Dec 21, 194220Joey SilvaWinRTD9
      55Dec 14, 194220Jose Aponte TorresWinTKO7
      54Nov 20, 194220Chalky WrightWin *UD
      53Oct 27, 194220George ZengarasWinUD
      52Oct 16, 194220Joey ArchibaldWinUD
      51Oct 5, 194220Bobby McIntireWinUD
      50Sep 22, 194220Vince Dell'OrtoWinUD
      49Sep 10, 194219Frank FranconeriWinTKO1
      48Sep 1, 194219Bobby IvyWinTKO10
      47Aug 20, 194219Nat LitfinWinUD
      46Aug 11, 194219Pedro HernandezWinUD
      45Aug 1, 194219Joey SilvaWinRTD7
      44Jul 21, 194219Abe DennerWinUD
      43Jun 23, 194219Joey ArchibaldWinUD
      42May 26, 194219Joey IannottiWinUD
      41May 12, 194219Aaron SeltzerWinUD
      40May 4, 194219Curley NicholsWinUD
      39Apr 14, 194219Spider ArmstrongWinKO4
      38Mar 18, 194219Johnny CompoWinUD
      37Feb 24, 194219Willie RoacheWinUD
      36Feb 10, 194219Angelo CalluraWinUD
      35Jan 27, 194219Abie KaufmanWinUD
      34Jan 16, 194219Sammy ParottaWinUD
      33Jan 8, 194219Mexican Joe RiversWinTKO4
      32Dec 12, 194119Ruby GarciaWinUD
      31Nov 24, 194119Davey CrawfordWinUD
      30Nov 7, 194119Buddy SpencerWinUD
      29Oct 21, 194119Connie SavoieWinTKO2
      28Oct 9, 194119Carlos ManzanoWinUD
      27Sep 25, 194119Jackie HarrisWinTKO1
      26Aug 11, 194118Eddie FloresWinKO1
      25Aug 5, 194118Paul FrechetteWinTKO3
      24Jul 15, 194118Jimmy GilliganWinUD
      23Jun 24, 194118Eddie DeAngelisWinTKO3
      22Jun 19, 194118Harry HintlianWinUD
      21May 12, 194118Johnny CockfieldWinUD
      20May 6, 194118Lou PuglieseWinKO2
      19Apr 22, 194118Joey SilvaWinUD
      18Apr 14, 194118Henry VasquezWinUD
      17Mar 31, 194118Joey GattoWinKO2
      16Mar 25, 194118Marty ShapiroWinUD
      15Mar 3, 194118Ruby GarciaWinUD
      14Feb 17, 194118Ruby GarciaWinUD
      13Feb 10, 194118Don LyonsWinKO2
      12Jan 28, 194118Augie AlmedaWinTKO6
      11Jan 13, 194118Joe EchevarriaWinUD
      10Dec 6, 194018Jim MutaneWinKO2
      9Nov 29, 194018Frank TopazioWinTKO5
      8Nov 22, 194018Carlo DapondeWinTKO6
      7Oct 24, 194018Jimmy McAllisterWinUD
      6Oct 3, 194018Jimmy RicheWinTKO3
      5Sep 19, 194018Jack MooreWinUD
      4Sep 5, 194017Joey MarcusWinUD
      3Aug 29, 194017Tommy BurnsWinTKO1
      2Aug 8, 194017Joey WasnickWinKO3
      1Jul 25, 194017Joey MarcusWinUD

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Willie Pep (Will o' the Wisp) was an American professional boxer. He was born in Middletown, Connecticut, United States on September 19, 1922. He was a featherweight world champion. He died on November 23, 2006 at the age of 84 years. Pep was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1990. His professional boxing career spanned more than 25 years — from 1940 to 1966.

      Pep made his professional boxing debut against Joey Marcus at the age of 17 on July 25, 1940, defeating Marcus via 4 round unanimous decision. He went on to win 61 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 23 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 20 on November 20, 1942 after 53 professional fights, against Chalky Wright for the featherweight NYSAC and The Ring titles. He defeated Wright via 15 round unanimous decision to become the featherweight champion of the world.

      Willie Pep was a one-time unified featherweight world champion, and won two world titles at featherweight. For all the details about Pep's world title wins and defenses refer to "Willie Pep World Titles".

      Pep had a total of 11 losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Calvin Woodland at 43 years of age, on March 16, 1966. Pep lost the fight via 6 round unanimous decision.

      For a very detailed list Pep's fights refer to "All of Willie Pep's fights".


      Pep fought a total of 241 times during his professional career, which includes 14 world-title fights at the featherweight division. He was among the very best of his generation and was known for his great performances in his fights. These six fights are the highlight of his career.

      • November 20, 1942: Pep wins his first world titles by defeating Chalky Wright via 15 round unanimous decision. He is now the NYSAC and The Ring featherweight world champion.

      • July 17, 1944: Willie Pep beats Manuel Ortiz via 10th round unanimous decision.

      • September 29, 1944: Pep successfully defends the NYSAC and The Ring featherweight titles against Chalky Wright, winning the fight via 15 round unanimous decision.

      • June 7, 1946: Pep becomes a unified featherweight world champion by beating Sal Bartolo via 12th round KO. He now holds the NYSAC, The Ring, and NBA featherweight world-champion belts.

      • September 20, 1949: Pep successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring featherweight titles against Eddie Compo, winning the fight via 7th round TKO.

      • January 16, 1950: Pep successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring featherweight titles against Charley Riley, winning the fight via 5th round KO.

      World Titles

      Pep was a featherweight world champion. He held two world titles at the featherweight weight division, both of which were lineal championship wins.

      Weight DivisionWorld Titles Held
      FeatherweightThe Ring 2x
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