Sandy Saddler

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Sandy Saddler
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Statistics
Real name Joseph "Joey" Saddler
Rated at Lightweight
Height 5 feet 8.5 inches (1.740 m)
Reach 70 in (177.8 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born (1926-06-23)23 June 1926
Boston, Massachusetts
Died 18 September 2001(2001-09-18) (aged 75)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 162
Wins 144
Wins by KO 103
Losses 16
Draws 2
No contests 0

Joseph "Sandy" Saddler (June 23, 1926 – September 18, 2001) was an American boxer born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a two-time featherweight world champion, and also held the junior lightweight crown. Over his twelve-year career (1944–1956), Saddler scored 103 knockouts. He was stopped only once, in his second pro fight, by Jock Leslie. His final record was 144-16-2. In 2003, he was ranked #5 on Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Professional career[edit]

Saddler is best known for his four-bout series with Willie Pep. The two first faced off on October 29, 1948. Pep was the reigning featherweight champion of the world, and coming into the fight boasted a record of 134-1-1 (43 KO). Saddler captured the title by knocking Pep down four times en route to a four-round knockout victory. This was only the second time that Pep was beaten, Sammy Angott beat him in 1943, and first time he was ever stopped in 137 bouts.

Pep then recaptured the crown on February 11, 1949, by outpointing Saddler over 15 rounds. Saddler regained the crown on September 8, 1950 by a TKO in the eight round. Pep quit after dislocating his shoulder. The pair fought their last fight on September 26, 1951. In one of the dirtiest championship fights ever fought,[citation needed] Saddler won when the fight was stopped in the tenth round.

Saddler fought several other notable opponents during his career. He knocked out future lightweight champion Joe Brown, as well as lightweight champions Lara Salas and Paddy DeMarco. Saddler beat lightweight champion Jimmy Carter, knocked out future junior lightweight champion Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, and lost to Larry Boardman.

Professional record[edit]

144 Wins (103 knockouts), 16 Losses (1 knockout), 2 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 144-16-2 United States Larry Boardman UD 10 1956-04-14 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 144-15-2 United States George Monroe TKO 3 (12) 1956-02-13 United States Providence, United States
Win 143-15-2 Philippines Flash Elorde TKO 13 (15) 1956-01-18 United States Oakland, California, United States Retained World Featherweight Title
Win 142-15-2 United States Dave Gallardo TKO 6 (10) 1955-12-12 United States Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco, California, United States
Loss 141-15-2 Philippines Flash Elorde UD 10 1955-07-20 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Win 141-14-2 Japan Shigeji Kaneko TKO 6 (10) 1955-07-08 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Loss 140-14-2 United States Joey Lopes UD 10 1955-05-24 United States Sacramento, California, United States
Win 140-13-2 United States Kenny Davis TKO 5 (10) 1955-04-05 United States Butte, Montana, United States
Win 139-13-2 United States Teddy Davis UD 15 1955-02-25 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Retained World Featherweight Title
Win 138-13-2 United States Paddy DeMarco TKO 9 (12) 1955-01-24 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 137-13-2 United States Lulu Perez KO 4 (10) 1955-01-17 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 136-13-2 United States Bobby Woods UD 10 1954-12-10 United States Spokane, Washington, United States
Win 135-13-2 France Ray Famechon RTD 5 (10) 1954-10-25 France Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Win 134-13-2 Mexico Baby Ortiz KO 3 (8) 1954-09-27 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win 133-13-2 United States Jackie Blair KO 1 (10) 1954-08-30 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win 132-13-2 United States Libby Manzo TKO 10 (10) 1954-07-05 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, United States
Loss 131-13-2 Algeria Hoacine Khalfi SD 10 1954-05-17 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, United States
Win 131-12-2 United States Augie Salazar TKO 7 (10) 1954-04-01 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 130-12-2 United States Charlie Slaughter TKO 4 (10) 1954-03-04 United States Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 129-12-2 United States Bill Bossio TKO 9 (10) 1954-01-15 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, United States
Win 128-12-2 United States Tommy Collins TKO 5 (10) 1952-03-17 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 127-12-2 Canada Armand Savoie DQ 3 (10) 1952-03-03 Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 127-11-2 United States George Araujo UD 10 1952-01-14 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 127-10-2 United States Paddy DeMarco SD 10 1951-12-07 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 127-9-2 United States Willie Pep RTD 9 (15) 1951-09-26 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Retained World Featherweight Title
Loss 126-9-2 United States Paddy DeMarco SD 10 1951-08-27 United States Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 126-8-2 United States Hermie Freeman TKO 5 (10) 1951-08-20 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 125-8-2 Argentina Angel Olivieri KO 5 (10) 1951-06-30 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 124-8-2 Chile Mario Salinas KO 5 (10) 1951-06-22 Chile Santiago de Chile, Chile
Win 123-8-2 Argentina Oscar Flores KO 1 (12) 1951-06-16 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 122-8-2 Argentina Alfredo Prada KO 4 (12) 1951-06-02 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 121-8-2 United States Harry LaSane UD 10 1951-05-05 United States Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 120-8-2 United States Freddie Herman RTD 5 (10) 1951-04-03 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 119-8-2 Mexico Lauro Salas TKO 6 (10) 1951-03-27 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 118-8-2 Cuba Diego Sosa KO 2 (10) 1951-02-28 Cuba Havana, Cuba Retained World Super Featherweight Title
Win 117-8-2 United States Jesse Underwood UD 10 1951-01-23 United States Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Loss 116-8-2 United States Del Flanagan UD 10 1950-12-06 United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 116-7-2 United States Charley Riley MD 10 1950-11-01 United States Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 115-7-2 United States Harry LaSane UD 10 1950-10-12 United States Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 114-7-2 United States Willie Pep RTD 8 (15) 1950-09-08 United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, United States Won World Featherweight Title
Win 113-7-2 United States Leroy Willis RTD 2 (10) 1950-06-30 United States Long Beach, New York, United States
Win 112-7-2 United States Johnny Forte KO 3 (10) 1950-06-19 Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 111-7-2 Cuba Miguel Acevedo TKO 6 (10) 1950-05-25 United States Minneapolis, United States
Win 110-7-2 United States Jesse Underwood PTS 10 1950-04-29 United States Waterbury, United States
Win 109-7-2 Mexico Lauro Salas TKO 9 (15) 1950-04-18 United States Cleveland, United States Retained World Super Featherweight Title
Win 108-7-2 United States Reuben Davis TKO 7 (10) 1950-04-10 United States Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 107-7-2 Puerto Rico Luis Ramos TKO 3 (10) 1950-02-20 Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 106-7-2 United States Chuck Burton KO 1 (10) 1950-02-06 United States Holyoke, United States
Win 105-7-2 United States Pedro Firpo KO 1 (10) 1950-01-22 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win 104-7-2 United States Paulie Jackson KO 1 (10) 1950-01-16 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win 103-7-2 Cuba Orlando Zulueta SD 10 1949-12-06 United States Cleveland, United States Won Vacant World Super Featherweight Title
Win 102-7-2 United States Leroy Willis UD 10 1949-11-07 United States Toledo, United States
Win 101-7-2 United States Paddy DeMarco TKO 9 (10) 1949-10-28 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 100-7-2 United States Proctor Heinhold TKO 2 (10) 1949-09-26 United States Schenectady, United States
Win 99-7-2 United States Harold Dade PTS 10 1949-09-02 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 98-7-2 Mexico Alfredo Escobar TKO 9 (10) 1949-08-23 United States Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 97-7-2 United States Johnny Rowe TKO 8 (10) 1949-08-08 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 96-7-2 United States Chuck Burton TKO 5 (10) 1949-08-02 United States Pittsfield, United States
Win 95-7-2 United States Gordon House TKO 4 (10) 1949-07-15 United States Long Beach, New York, United States
Win 94-7-2 Puerto Rico Luis Ramos KO 5 (10) 1949-06-23 United States Long Island City, Queens, United States
Win 93-7-2 Northern Ireland Jim Keery KO 4 (12) 1949-06-02 England White City, London, England
Win 92-7-2 Italy Ermanno Bonetti KO 2 (10) 1949-04-18 United States Philadelphia, United States
Win 91-7-2 Mexico Felix Ramirez PTS 10 1949-03-21 United States New Jersey City, United States
Loss 90-7-2 United States Willie Pep UD 15 1949-02-11 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States Loss World Featherweight Title
Win 90-6-2 Panama Young Finnegan KO 5 (10) 1949-01-16 Panama Panama City, Panama
Win 89-6-2 United States Terry Young TKO 10 (10) 1948-12-17 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 89-6-2 United States Eddie Giosa KO 2 (10) 1948-12-07 United States Cleveland, United States
Win 88-6-2 United States Dennis Pat Brady UD 10 1948-11-29 United States Boston Garden, Boston, United States
Win 87-6-2 Dominican Republic Tomas Beato TKO 2 (10) 1948-11-19 United States Bridgeport, United States
Win 86-6-2 United States Willie Pep KO 4 (15) 1948-10-29 United States Madison Square Garden New York City, United States Won World Featherweight Title
Win 85-6-2 United States Willie Roache KO 3 (8) 1948-10-11 United States New Haven, United States
Win 84-6-2 Panama Aquilino Allen KO 2 (10) 1948-08-22 Panama Panama City, Panama
Win 83-6-2 Panama Kid Zefine KO 2 (10) 1948-08-15 Panama Panama City, Panama
Loss 82-6-2 United States Chico Rosa UD 10 1948-06-29 United States Honolulu, United States
Win 82-5-2 United States Harry LaSane UD 10 1948-05-24 United States Holyoke, United States
Win 81-5-2 Guyana Young Tanner KO 5 (10) 1948-04-26 Aruba Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 80-5-2 Venezuela Jose Alberto Diaz KO 8 (12) 1948-04-17 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win 79-5-2 Venezuela Luis Monagas KO 3 (10) 1948-04-10 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win 78-5-2 United States Bobby Timpson PTS 10 1948-03-23 United States Hartford, United States
Win 77-5-2 United States Thompson Harmon TKO 8 (10) 1948-03-08 United States Holyoke, United States
Win 76-5-2 United States Archie Wilmer UD 8 1948-03-05 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 75-5-2 United States Joey Angelo UD 10 1948-02-09 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, United States
Win 74-5-2 United States Charley Noel PTS 10 1948-02-02 United States Holyoke, United States
Win 73-5-2 Cuba Orlando Zulueta PTS 10 1947-12-13 Cuba Havana, Cuba
Win 72-5-2 Cuba Lino Garcia KO 3 (8) 1947-12-05 Cuba Havana, Cuba
Win 71-5-2 Dominican Republic Kid Barquerito KO 5 (10) 1947-11-09 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win 70-5-2 Cuba Lino Garcia KO 5 (10) 1947-10-26 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Win 69-5-2 United States Al Pennino TKO 4 (10) 1947-10-13 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, United States
Loss 68-5-2 Cuba Humberto Sierra SD 10 1947-10-03 United States Minneapolis, United States
Win 68-4-2 United States Angelo Ambrosano KO 2 (8) 1947-09-17 United States Jamaica, Queens, United States
Win 67-4-2 Cuba Miguel Acevedo TKO 7 (8) 1947-08-29 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 66-4-2 United States Leslie Harris TKO 5 (10) 1947-08-14 United States Atlantic City, United States
Win 65-4-2 Venezuela Oscar Calles KO 5 (10) 1947-07-26 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
Draw 64-4-2 United States Jimmy Carter MD 10 1947-06-03 United States Washington D.C., United States
Win 64-4-1 United States Melvin Bartholomew UD 10 1947-05-09 United States New Orleans, United States
Win 63-4-1 United States Joe Brown RTD 2 (10) 1947-05-02 United States New Orleans, United States
Win 62-4-1 Cuba Charley Cabey Lewis UD 10 1947-04-14 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, United States
Win 61-4-1 Mexico Carlos Malacara PTS 10 1947-03-29 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Win 60-4-1 Mexico Leonardo Lopez KO 2 (10) 1947-03-08 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Win 59-4-1 United States Larry Thomas TKO 2 (8) 1947-02-07 United States Asbury Park, United States
Win 58-4-1 Mexico Humberto Zavala TKO 7 (10) 1947-01-27 United States New York City, United States
Win 57-4-1 United States George 'Dusty' Brown KO 4 (8) 1947-01-20 United States Holyoke, United States
Win 56-4-1 United States Leonard Caesar KO 2 (6) 1946-12-30 United States Newark, United States
Win 55-4-1 Argentina Luis Marquez KO 2 (6) 1946-12-26 United States Jamaica, Queens, United States
Win 54-4-1 United States Clyde English KO 3 (8) 1946-12-09 United States Holyoke, United States
Win 53-4-1 United States Artie Price UD 10 1946-11-12 United States Detroit, United States
Win 52-4-1 United States Joe Rodriguez KO 3 (8) 1946-10-10 United States Atlantic City, United States
Win 51-4-1 United States Pedro Firpo PTS 10) 1946-08-22 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 50-4-1 United States Dom Amoroso KO 2 (8) 1946-08-05 United States Providence, United States
Loss 49-4-1 United States Phil Terranova UD 10) 1946-07-23 United States Detroit, United States
Win 49-3-1 United States Georgie Cooper TKO 7 (8) 1946-07-10 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 48-3-1 United States Cedric Flournoy TKO 3 (8) 1946-06-13 United States Detroit, United States
Win 47-3-1 United States Pedro Firpo PTS 8 1946-04-25 United States Atlantic City, United States
Win 46-3-1 United States Johnny Wolgast PTS 8 1946-04-11 United States Atlantic City, United States
Win 45-3-1 Puerto Rico Ralph LaSalle KO 1 (6) 1946-04-08 United States New York City, United States
Loss 44-3-1 United States Bobby McQuillar UD 10 1946-02-18 United States Arena Gardens, Detroit, United States
Win 44-2-1 United States Arbie Bowie KO 1 (8) 1946-01-17 United States Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win 43-2-1 Puerto Rico Filiberto Osario PTS 6 1945-12-21 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 42-2-1 United States Joey Monteiro PTS 8 1945-12-14 United States Boston, United States
Win 41-2-1 United States Benny Daniels UD 6 1945-12-03 United States Holyoke, United States
Win 40-2-1 United States Richie Miyashiro PTS 6 1945-09-21 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 39-2-1 United States Earl Mintz KO 1 (6) 1945-08-27 United States Providence, United States
Win 38-2-1 United States Bobby English KO 3 (6) 1945-08-20 United States Providence, United States
Win 37-2-1 United States Lou Langley KO 1 (6) 1945-08-16 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 36-2-1 United States Luis Rivera TKO 4 (6) 1945-07-30 United States Long Island City, United States
Win 35-2-1 United States Joey Monteiro TKO 5 (6) 1945-07-24 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 34-2-1 United States Herbie (Biff) Jones TKO 3 (6) 1945-07-23 United States Baltimore, United States
Win 33-2-1 Canada Leo Methot KO 1 (6) 1945-06-29 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 32-2-1 United States Bobby Washington KO 2 (6) 1945-06-25 United States Allentown, United States
Win 31-2-1 United States Caswell Harris TKO 2 (6) 1945-06-18 United States Baltimore, United States
Win 30-2-1 Mexico Chilindrina Valencia TKO 9 (10) 1945-04-30 United States Detroit, United States
Win 29-2-1 United States Willie Anderson TKO 5 (8) 1945-04-20 United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, United States
Win 28-2-1 United States Jimmy Allen KO 1 (8) 1945-04-02 United States Newark, United States
Win 27-2-1 United States Georgie Knox TKO 4 (8) 1945-03-22 United States Jersey City, United States
Win 26-2-1 United States Joey Monteiro KO 4 (6) 1945-03-19 United States New York City, United States
Win 25-2-1 United States Harold Gibson PTS 6 1945-03-10 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 24-2-1 United States Joey Gatto TKO 1 (6) 1945-02-19 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 23-2-1 United Kingdom Benny May PTS 6 1945-01-26 United States Jersey City, United States
Win 22-2-1 United States Joey Puig KO 1 (6) 1945-01-22 United States New York City, United States
Win 21-2-1 United States Lucky Johnson KO 1 (6) 1945-01-15 United States Newark, United States
Win 20-2-1 United States Tony Oshiro PTS 6 1945-01-13 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 19-2-1 United States Midget Mayo KO 3 (6) 1944-12-26 United States Newark, United States
Win 18-2-1 United States Earl Mintz KO 2 (6) 1944-12-16 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 17-2-1 United States Tony Oshiro TKO 2 (6) 1944-12-12 United States Jersey City, United States
Win 16-2-1 Cuba Percy Cabey Lewis KO 1 (6) 1944-11-28 United States Jersey City, United States
Win 15-2-1 United States Manuel Torres KO 5 (6) 1944-11-24 United States New York City, United States
Win 14-2-1 United States Ken Tompkins KO 1 (6) 1944-11-13 United States Newark, United States
Win 13-2-1 United States Manuel Torres PTS 6 1944-11-11 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 12-2-1 United States Cliff Smith PTS 6 1944-08-18 United States New York City, United States
Win 11-2-1 United States Georgie Knox TKO 3 (6) 1944-08-08 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 10-2-1 United States Al Pennino PTS 6 1944-07-25 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 9-2-1 United States Benny Saladino TKO 3 (6) 1944-07-18 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 8-2-1 United States Clyde English PTS 6 1944-07-11 United States Woodhaven, United States
Draw 7-2-1 Canada Lou Alter PTS 4 1944-06-23 United States Brooklyn, United States
Loss 7-2 Canada Lou Alter PTS 6 1944-06-15 United States Brooklyn, United States
Win 7-1 Puerto Rico Jose Aporte Torres PTS 8 1944-06-13 United States Union City, United States
Win 6-1 United States Domingo Diaz PTS 6 1944-05-23 United States Jersey City, United States
Win 5-1 Puerto Rico Jose Aporte Torres PTS 6 1944-05-15 United States Holyoke, United States
Win 4-1 Puerto Rico Jose Aporte Torres PTS 6 1944-05-08 United States Trenton, United States
Win 3-1 United States Joe Landry KO 1 (6) 1944-04-17 United States Holyoke, United States
Win 2-1 United States Al King KO 2 (6) 1944-03-27 United States Holyoke, United States
Loss 1-1 United States Jock Leslie TKO 3 (6) 1944-03-21 United States Hartford, United States
Win 1-0 United States Earl Roys PTS 8 1944-03-07 United States Hartford, United States Professional Debut

After boxing[edit]

Saddler retired from boxing in 1956, aged 30, after an eye injury sustained in a traffic accident. He later became a trainer and helped train the young George Foreman in the 1970s, including Foreman's first Heavyweight Championship of the World reign. In 2003, he was ranked #5 on the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

In 1990, Saddler was inducted into the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame. He is the Uncle of Joseph Saddler, better known as Grandmaster Flash. Saddler died on September 18, 2001.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Willie Pep
World Featherweight Champion
October 29, 1948 – February 11, 1949
Succeeded by
Willie Pep
The Ring Featherweight Champion
October 29, 1948 – February 11, 1949
World Featherweight Champion
September 8, 1950 – January 21, 1957
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Hogan Bassey
The Ring Featherweight Champion
September 8, 1950 – January 21, 1957
Retired