History | Sep 19 2016

On This Day: Defensive genius Willie Pep was born in 1922

Tris Dixon celebrates the life of Willie Pep, one of the greatest fighters of all-time
Willie Pep

THE myth is that Willie Pep, the great featherweight, once won a round without throwing a punch.

It was false, unfortunately, but it tells you instantly how highly thought of his masterful defensive skills were for such a tale to have become lore over the years.

The fight in question was against Jackie Graves on July 25, 1946, and the story came about when Pep was said to have told ringside photographers what he had intended to do, in round three.