Sammy Angott

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Sammy Angott
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Statistics
Real name Samuel Engotti
Nickname(s) The Clutch
Rated at Lightweight
Nationality American
Born January 17, 1915
Washington, Pennsylvania or California, Pennsylvania
Died October 22, 1980(1980-10-22) (aged 65)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 131
Wins 94
Wins by KO 23
Losses 29
Draws 8

Sammy Angott (January 17, 1915 – October 22, 1980) was born Samuel Engotti in a Pittsburgh area town in Pennsylvania. He was known as a clever boxer who liked to follow up a clean punch by grabbing his opponent, causing him to be known as "The Clutch." In his career, Angott met the best fighters in the welterweight and lightweight divisions. He fought Sugar Ray Robinson, Bob Montgomery, Beau Jack, Fritzie Zivic, Henry Armstrong, Redtop Davis, Sonny Boy West, and Ike Williams. Angott retired with a record of 94 wins (23 KOs), 29 losses and 8 draws. He was knocked out just once in his career, by Beau Jack in 1946.[1] Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Angott as the #6 ranked lightweight of all-time.[2] He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1973 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998.[3]

Boxing career[edit]

World lightweight champion[edit]

On May 3, 1940, the 5-8 fighter gained recognition from the National Boxing Association (NBA) as its world lightweight champion when he outpointed Davey Day over 15 rounds. In 1941 Angott outpointed Lew Jenkins, who was recognized as the world title holder, to become the undisputed lightweight king. He defended the title only once, a 15-round points win over Allie Stolz in May 1942.

Retirement and comeback[edit]

Angott, retired but returned to defeat the reigning world featherweight king, Willie Pep in a non-title bout. Eventually he regained the NBA lightweight crown by outpointing Slugger White in 15 rounds. He lost the title for good to Juan Zurita on March 8, 1944.

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[4]
Win Mexico Kid Azteca UD 10 1950-06-26 United States Dudley Field, El Paso, Texas
Loss United States Beau Jack TKO 7 (10) 1946-07-08 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Loss United States Sugar Ray Robinson UD 10 1946-03-04 United States Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Win United States Ike Williams TKO 6 (10) 1945-09-19 United States Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Ike Williams SD 10 1944-09-06 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Ike Williams SD 10 1944-06-07 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Draw United States Beau Jack PTS 10 1944-01-28 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss United States Henry Armstrong UD 10 1943-06-11 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United States Willie Pep UD 10 1943-03-19 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss United States Sugar Ray Robinson UD 10 1942-07-31 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United States Bob Montgomery SD 12 1942-07-07 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win United States Bob Montgomery UD 12 1942-03-06 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United States Lew Jenkins UD 15 1941-12-19 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won World Lightweight Title.
Win United States Bob Montgomery MD 10 1940-11-25 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Fritzie Zivic UD 10 1940-08-29 United States Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Draw Mexico Baby Arizmendi PTS 10 1940-06-25 United States Olympic Auditorium, California, Los Angeles
Win Mexico Baby Arizmendi UD 10 1939-11-03 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win United States Wesley Ramey UD 10 1938-09-16 United States Dallas Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas
Win United States Wesley Ramey PTS 10 1938-05-06 United States Jefferson County Armory, Louisville, Kentucky

References[edit]

  1. ^ IBHOF/Sammy Angott, IBHOF.com, Retrieved on 3-28-08
  2. ^ All-Time Lightweight Rankings. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-11.
  3. ^ Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Sammy Angott CyberBoxingZone.com
  4. ^ Sammy Angott's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Lew Jenkins
World Lightweight Champion
December 19, 1941 – November 1942
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Ike Williams