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Sandy Saddler

Sandy Saddler (Boxing.  Born, Boston, MA, June 23, 1926; died, Bronx, NY, Sept. 18, 2001.)  Born Joseph Saddler in Boston, where he also began his pro ring career, Sandy Saddler was a boxing dynamo who fought 162 times in a career stretching from 1944-56 and entered the ring no less than 56 times in the New […]

Willie Pep

Willie Pep (Boxing.  Born, Middletown, CT, Sept. 19, 1922; died, Rocky Hill, CT, Nov. 23, 2006.)  Born Guglielmo Papaleo, Willie Pep became one of the finest fighters in the featherweight class and among the best ever at any weight.  Pep turned pro in 1940 and won his first 63 fights.  In a career that stretched […]

Tony Canzoneri

Tony Canzoneri (Boxing.  Born, Slidell, LA, Nov. 6, 1908; died, New York, NY, Dec. 9, 1959.)  At 5’5”, Tony Canzoneri was one of the most dynamic fighters his size in ring history and also one of the most active, logging 175 career pro fights (of which he won 141, lost 25 and drew 10).  He ruled […]

Henry Armstrong

Henry Armstrong (Boxing.  Born, Columbus, MS, Dec. 12, 1912; died, Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 24, 1988.)  Henry Armstrong (whose real name was Henry Jackson) was the first man to hold three world boxing championships at the same time.  Armstrong won the featherweight, welterweight, and lightweight crowns in the span of fewer than ten months in […]

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