Johnny Dundee

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Johnny Dundee
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Statistics
Real name Giuseppe Curreri
Nickname(s) Scotch Wop
Rated at Lightweight
Height 5 ft 4 12 in (1.64 m)
Reach 63 in (160 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born November 19, 1893
Sciacca, Sicily,
Died April 22, 1965
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 333
Wins 197
Wins by KO 17
Losses 76
Draws 45
No contests 15

Johnny "Scotch Wop" Dundee (November 19, 1893 – April 22, 1965) was a featherweight and junior lightweight champion boxer who fought from 1910 until 1932. He was born Giuseppe Curreri in Sciacca, Sicily, but was raised in the United States. Though Dundee was a clever boxer with little knockout power, he was highly skilled at fighting off the ropes and was always in outstanding condition. Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Dundee as the #3 ranked featherweight of all time, while The Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer placed him at #4.[1] The International Boxing Research Organization rates Dundee as the 5th best featherweight ever and boxing historian Bert Sugar placed him 32nd in his Top 100 Fighters catalogue.[2][3] Dundee was elected to the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1957 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.[4]

Professional career[edit]

World featherweight champion[edit]

Dundee earned a world title fight in his 87th fight and fought to a draw with featherweight champion Johnny Kilbane in 1913. The slick boxer waited until his 265th fight for another shot at the title. His patience paid off. He won the junior lightweight championship in 1921 when his opponent, George "KO" Chaney, was disqualified in the fifth round. Dundee earned the distinction of being the first universally recognized junior lightweight champion in history. Then in 1922 he knocked out Danny Frush to earn recognition in New York State as the featherweight champion of the world.

Dundee successfully defended his junior lightweight crown three times before losing it to Jack Bernstein in 1923. Two fights later he unified the featherweight title by defeating Eugene Criqui and finished 1923 by regaining the junior lightweight title in a rematch with Bernstein.

Later career[edit]

Dundee lost the junior lightweight title to Steve Sullivan in June 1924 and then relinquished the featherweight crown two months later. The last significant fight of his career was in 1927 when he challenged featherweight champion Tony Canzoneri but lost a 15-round decision. Dundee finally retired in 1932 after posting a six-round decision over Mickey Greb.

Legacy[edit]

Dundee faced all of the great fighters in the featherweight, junior-lightweight, and lightweight divisions of his era. He fought the great Benny Leonard nine times, Lew Tendler three times, and boxed lightweight champions Freddie Welsh and Willie Ritchie.

Dundee was regarded as a skillful boxer with great footwork. During his career he had 330 bouts and won featherweight and junior lightweight titles. Only two fighters in history, Len Wickwar (463) and Jack Britton (350) had more fights than Dundee. Perhaps more remarkable was that Dundee was knocked out only twice in his long career.

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[5]
Loss United States Tony Canzoneri UD 15 1927-10-24 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss United States Jack Bernstein PTS 15 1924-09-15 United States Queensboro Stadium, Queens, New York
Loss United States Sammy Mandell NWS 10 1924-06-09 United States Open-Air Arena, East Chicago, Indiana Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Rocky Kansas UD 10 1924-04-21 United States Broadway Auditorium, New York, Buffalo
Win United States Jack Bernstein SD 10 1923-12-17 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won World Junior Lightweight Title.
Win France Eugène Criqui PTS 15 1923-07-26 United States Polo Grounds, New York, New York Won World Featherweight Title.
Loss United States Jack Bernstein UD 15 1923-05-30 United States Coney Island Velodrome, Brooklyn, New York Lost World Junior Lightweight Title.
Loss United Kingdom Charley White NWS 10 1922-06-27 United States Rock Island, Illinois Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Lew Tendler UD 15 1922-05-05 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United Kingdom Charley White PTS 15 1922-03-17 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss United Kingdom Charley White SD 10 1922-01-16 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win United States George KO Chaney DQ 5 (15) 1921-11-18 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won World Junior Lightweight Title.
Draw United Kingdom Charley White PTS 10 1921-08-10 United States Boxing Drome, Bronx, New York
Win United States George KO Chaney NWS 8 1921-07-18 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Win United States George KO Chaney PTS 10 1921-06-10 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win United States Rocky Kansas NWS 10 1921-04-26 United States Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Benny Leonard NWS 8 1920-02-09 United States 4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Win United Kingdom Charley White NWS 10 1919-11-26 United States Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Benny Leonard NWS 8 1919-09-17 United States 1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Benny Leonard NWS 6 1919-06-16 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Benny Leonard NWS 8 1919-01-20 United States 1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Draw United States Rocky Kansas PTS 12 1918-09-10 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win United States George KO Chaney NWS 6 1918-03-09 United States National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Win United States George KO Chaney NWS 6 1917-11-19 United States Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Lew Tendler NWS 6 1917-10-01 United States Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw United States George KO Chaney NWS 6 1917-07-12 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Win United States Rocky Kansas PTS 12 1917-05-29 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss United States Lew Tendler NWS 6 1917-03-26 United States Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Benny Leonard NWS 6 1916-11-15 United States Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw United States Benny Leonard NWS 6 1916-11-15 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Win United Kingdom Matt Wells PTS 12 1916-05-16 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Draw United States Benny Leonard NWS 6 1916-03-08 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Joe Mandot PTS 20 1916-02-21 United States Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Win United Kingdom Matt Wells PTS 12 1915-12-10 United States Italian Riverside Club, New Haven, Connecticut
Win United States Willie Ritchie NWS 10 1915-10-26 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Draw United States Joe Mandot NWS 10 1915-09-23 United States Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York Newspaper Decision
Win United States Rocky Kansas NWS 10 1915-05-03 United States Broadway Auditorium, New York, Buffalo Newspaper Decision
Win United States Benny Leonard NWS 10 1915-03-02 United States 135th Street A.C., New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Draw United States Joe Mandot PTS 20 1915-02-14 United States McDonoughville Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Draw United States Willie Ritchie PTS 4 1914-10-23 United States Coffroth's Arena, San Francisco, California
Loss United States Joe Mandot NWS 10 1914-07-04 United States Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana Newspaper Decision
Win United States George KO Chaney NWS 6 1914-04-20 United States Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw United States Matty Baldwin PTS 12 1914-04-14 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss United States Rocky Kansas NWS 10 1914-02-24 United States Broadway Auditorium, New York, Buffalo Newspaper Decision
Loss Wales Freddie Welsh NWS 10 1914-01-01 United States Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana Newspaper Decision
Win United Kingdom Charley White NWS 10 1913-11-27 United States Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana Newspaper Decision
Draw United States Johnny Kilbane PTS 20 1913-04-29 United States Vernon Arena, Vernon, California For World Featherweight Title.
Loss United States Johnny Kilbane NWS 10 1912-09-04 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss United Kingdom Charley White NWS 10 1912-04-30 United States Alhambra, Syracuse, New York Newspaper Decision
Win Canada Frankie Fleming NWS 10 1911-06-10 United States Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York Newspaper Decision
Win Canada Frankie Fleming NWS 10 1911-06-10 United States Olympia A.C., New York, New York Newspaper Decision

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-Time Featherweight Rankings". BoxRec. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ All-Time Featherweight Rankings IBROresearch.com Retrieved on 2014-04-29
  3. ^ Bert Randolph Sugar (2005). Boxing's Greatest Fighters. Lyons Press. ISBN 978-1-59228-632-4. 
  4. ^ Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Johnny Dundee CyberBoxingZone.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  5. ^ Johnny Dundee's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

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Achievements
Inaugural Champion World Junior Lightweight Champion
November 18, 1921 – December 23, 1923
Succeeded by
Jack Bernstein
Preceded by
Eugène Criqui
World Featherweight Champion
July 26, 1923 – August 1923
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kid Kaplan
Preceded by
Jack Bernstein
World Junior Lightweight Champion
December 17, 1923 – June 20, 1924
Succeeded by
Steve Sullivan