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WILLIE PEP: FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION

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WILLIE PEP: FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION

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Pep achieved near-mythical status during a stellar career that began in 1940. In less than two and half years, Pep (born Guglielmo Papeleo) streaked to a 53-0 record before lifting the featherweight crown from fellow future hall of famer Chalky Wright in November 1942. The wizardly stick-and-mover from Connecticut reached 62-0 before he suffered his first loss – a 10-round decision to fellow future hall of famer Sammy Angott in a lightweight bout in March 1943 – but he would hold the featherweight title until being stopped by arch rival Sandy Saddler in October 1948.

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