History | Nov 23 2019

Farewell to Willie Pep, a magical boxer

Claude Abrams pays tribute to master pugilist Willie Pep
The great Willie Pep

THERE’S a myth that Willie Pep, the majestic former world featherweight champ who died on November 23, 2006, once won a round without throwing a punch.

Of course, everyone believed it to be true because, defensively, Pep was a genius and one of the quickest boxers ever.

The said incident reportedly occurred in the third round against Jackie Graves in 1946.