|Real name||Giuseppe Corrara|
"Little Bar of Iron"
|Height||5 ft 4 1⁄2 in (1.64 m)|
|Reach||63 in (160 cm)|
|Born||November 19, 1893|
|Died||April 22, 1965 (aged 71)|
East Orange, New Jersey
|Wins by KO||19|
Corrara was born in Sciacca, Sicily. His father was a fisherman. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1909. He was raised on Manhattan's West Side where his father owned a fish shop on 41st Street and 9th Avenue.
"Scotty saw me scrapping in front of my old man's fish place. He convinced me I could make a living fighting and gave me my name – 'Scotch' – to go with his."
Corrara retained the name for 22 years, even when he fought under new manager, Jimmy Johnston.
Dundee fought his first fight at Sharkey Athletic Club, on 65th Street and Broadway. He fought under the name "Young Marino." His opponent was "Skinny Bob."
In 1913, Dundee earned a world title fight in his 87th fight. He fought 20 rounds against World Featherweight champion, Johnny Kilbane in Vernon, California. The fight ended in a draw. Dundee would not be afforded an opportunity to fight for the 126-pound featherweight title again for another 10 years.
Junior Lightweight and Featherweight champion
In 1921, Dundee won the junior lightweight championship when his opponent, George "KO" Chaney, was disqualified in the fifth round. The win made Dundee the first universally recognized junior lightweight champion in history.
A year later, Dundee knocked out Danny Frush. Following the win, he was recognized, in New York State, as the featherweight champion of the world.
On July 6, 1922, Dundee defeated "Little" Jackie Sharkey by unanimous decision in a fifteen-round Junior Lightweight title bout at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Sharkey was briefly down in the fourth round, and again in the fifteenth. Though the fight was close Dundee won "by a shade". He was criticized for the fight with the New York Evening World writing that Dundee was "losing his fighting fire" by allowing the bout to go fifteen rounds. 
Dundee successfully defended his junior lightweight crown three times before losing it to Jack Bernstein on May 30, 1923. They fought at the Coney Island Velodrome, in front of a crowd of 15,000. Dundee was expected to win; however, he lost a unanimous fifteen round decision despite knocking Bernstein down in the third round knockdown.
Less than two months later, Dundee was given the opportunity to fight featherweight champion, and war hero, Eugene Criqui. He lost 28 pounds in four weeks in order to fight him, making 126 pounds on the days of the fight. Criqui had beaten Johnny Kilbane two days after Dundee's fight with Bernstein, with a sixth round knockout. However, part of the contract for this fight required that he give Dundee a shot at the title within sixty days. Fifty-four days later, on July 26, 1923, Dundee fought Criqui. He knocked him down four times and beat him by a fifteen-round decision.
On December 17, 1923, Dundee fought Jack Bernstein again at Madison Square Garden. The fight ended in a Split Decision. Several newspapers, including the New York Times, wrote that the judges made the wrong decision. Author Ken Blady wrote that several of the judges may have been influenced to vote against Bernstein. The Milwaukee Sentinel echoed by printing "By probably the worst decision in local boxing history, Johnny Dundee of Jersey City regained his Junior Lightweight championship from Jack Bernstein."
In contrast, the Milwaukee Journal noted that Dundee finished strong in the bout, and agreed with the decision. The paper also noted "the sentiment of the crowd, based on the fighters' round by round showing, was that Bernstein had won easily."
With the win, Dundee had unified the featherweight title and the junior lightweight title.
Less than a year after unifying the title, Dundee lost the junior lightweight title to Steve "Kid" Sullivan on June 20, 1924. He then relinquished the featherweight crown, on August 10, 1924, at his manager's urging because he had outgrown (in weight) the 126 pound weight limit.
The last significant fight of his career was in 1927 when he challenged featherweight champion Tony Canzoneri, but lost a 15-round decision.
After a three year retirement, Dundee tried to stage a comeback in 1932. However, two fights into it, he officially retired after posting a six-round decision win over Mickey Greb, and a 10th round lost to Al Dunbar.
In 1965, Al del Greco wrote that Dundee was regarded as a "good southpaw craftsman."
"Johnny Dundee wasn't the greatest little man in boxing, but he was good, very good...no one could come off the ropes like him.
Rivals backed away when Johnny sidles backward because he bounced off at the craziest angles."
Local New York boxing legend, Johnny Martin, said of Dundee:
"You threw your arms out trying to hit Johnny. When he was moving right, you lowered your eyes a bit, threw a punch, and the next thing you knew, he was behind you, laughing his head off. He was nothing as a hitter, but he could box your ears off. The big idea when you fought Johnny was not too appear too ridiculous."
After beating Frankie Callahan over 10 rounds, on March 16, 1915, the next day, Dundee filed a petition to divorce Lucille, claiming she "beat him up":
"Almost daily between February 1st and March 10 she walloped me. It is unsafe for me to try to live with her anymore."
Several days later, his wife countersued on the grounds of his "uncontrollable temper." His wife claimed he knocked her unconscious six months into their marriage, and would often hit himself in the head with a pair of shoes, to the point of drawing blood. She also claimed he was a philanderer, and that when he left her he gave her a "farewell beating."
Dundee, who had become a successful businessman after boxing, left an estate valued at $300,000 ($2.4 million in 2018).
Dundee faced many great fighters in the featherweight, junior-lightweight, and lightweight divisions of his era including Benny Leonard (nine times), Lew Tendler (three times), and lightweight champions Freddie Welsh and Willie Ritchie. Dundee was knocked out only twice in his career – in 1917, he was knocked out in the first round by Willie Jackson in Philadelphia, and in 1929, he was knocked out in Montreal by Al Foreman in the 10th round.
Dundee was regarded as a skillful boxer with great footwork. Though he had little knockout power, he was widely regarded as being highly skilled at fighting off the ropes.
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. The International Boxing Research Organization rates Dundee as the 5th best featherweight boxer ever and boxing historian Bert Sugar placed him 32nd in his Top 100 Fighters catalogue.
During his career he had 331 bouts. Only two fighters in history, Len Wickwar (463) and Jack Britton (350), had more fights.
Dundee was known to be highly regarded among the boxing community and his peers:
"Johnny Dundee was strictly a product of a generation that has long since passed and will not return. He was a fighter in the era when boxing was in full flower, a superior craftsman among a lot of other superior craftsmen. Although he was once the featherweight champion of the world, he gained far more fame than fortune. When he died the other day, at the age of 74, the main legacy he left was the enduring friendships that this popular and amiable little guy collected over the years."— San Antonio Express, 1965
|Loss||Tony Canzoneri||UD||15||1927-10-24||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Loss||Jack Bernstein||PTS||15||1924-09-15||Queensboro Stadium, Queens, New York|
|Loss||Sammy Mandell||NWS||10||1924-06-09||Open-Air Arena, East Chicago, Indiana||Newspaper Decision|
|Loss||Rocky Kansas||UD||10||1924-04-21||Broadway Auditorium, New York, Buffalo|
|Win||Jack Bernstein||SD||10||1923-12-17||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Won World Junior Lightweight Title.|
|Win||Eugène Criqui||PTS||15||1923-07-26||Polo Grounds, New York, New York||Won World Featherweight Title.|
|Loss||Jack Bernstein||UD||15||1923-05-30||Coney Island Velodrome, Brooklyn, New York||Lost World Junior Lightweight Title.|
|Loss||Charley White||NWS||10||1922-06-27||Rock Island, Illinois||Newspaper Decision|
|Loss||Lew Tendler||UD||15||1922-05-05||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Win||Charley White||PTS||15||1922-03-17||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Loss||Charley White||SD||10||1922-01-16||Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||George KO Chaney||DQ||5 (15)||1921-11-18||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Won World Junior Lightweight Title.|
|Draw||Charley White||PTS||10||1921-08-10||Boxing Drome, Bronx, New York|
|Win||George KO Chaney||NWS||8||1921-07-18||Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||George KO Chaney||PTS||10||1921-06-10||Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||Rocky Kansas||NWS||10||1921-04-26||Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Newspaper Decision|
|Loss||Benny Leonard||NWS||8||1920-02-09||4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||Charley White||NWS||10||1919-11-26||Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Newspaper Decision|
|Loss||Benny Leonard||NWS||8||1919-09-17||1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey||Newspaper Decision|
|Loss||Benny Leonard||NWS||6||1919-06-16||Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Newspaper Decision|
|Loss||Benny Leonard||NWS||8||1919-01-20||1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey||Newspaper Decision|
|Draw||Rocky Kansas||PTS||12||1918-09-10||Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||George KO Chaney||NWS||6||1918-03-09||National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||George KO Chaney||NWS||6||1917-11-19||Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Newspaper Decision|
|Loss||Lew Tendler||NWS||6||1917-10-01||Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Newspaper Decision|
|Draw||George KO Chaney||NWS||6||1917-07-12||Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||Rocky Kansas||PTS||12||1917-05-29||Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Loss||Lew Tendler||NWS||6||1917-03-26||Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Newspaper Decision|
|Loss||Benny Leonard||NWS||6||1916-11-15||Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Newspaper Decision|
|Draw||Benny Leonard||NWS||6||1916-11-15||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||Matt Wells||PTS||12||1916-05-16||Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Draw||Benny Leonard||NWS||6||1916-03-08||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Newspaper Decision|
|Loss||Joe Mandot||PTS||20||1916-02-21||Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Win||Matt Wells||PTS||12||1915-12-10||Italian Riverside Club, New Haven, Connecticut|
|Win||Willie Ritchie||NWS||10||1915-10-26||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Newspaper Decision|
|Draw||Joe Mandot||NWS||10||1915-09-23||Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||Rocky Kansas||NWS||10||1915-05-03||Broadway Auditorium, New York, Buffalo||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||Benny Leonard||NWS||10||1915-03-02||135th Street A.C., New York, New York||Newspaper Decision|
|Draw||Joe Mandot||PTS||20||1915-02-14||McDonoughville Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Draw||Willie Ritchie||PTS||4||1914-10-23||Coffroth's Arena, San Francisco, California|
|Loss||Joe Mandot||NWS||10||1914-07-04||Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||George KO Chaney||NWS||6||1914-04-20||Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Newspaper Decision|
|Draw||Matty Baldwin||PTS||12||1914-04-14||Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Loss||Rocky Kansas||NWS||10||1914-02-24||Broadway Auditorium, New York, Buffalo||Newspaper Decision|
|Loss||Freddie Welsh||NWS||10||1914-01-01||Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||Charley White||NWS||10||1913-11-27||Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana||Newspaper Decision|
|Draw||Johnny Kilbane||PTS||20||1913-04-29||Vernon Arena, Vernon, California||For World Featherweight Title.|
|Loss||Johnny Kilbane||NWS||10||1912-09-04||St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York||Newspaper Decision|
|Loss||Charley White||NWS||10||1912-04-30||Alhambra, Syracuse, New York||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||Frankie Fleming||NWS||10||1911-06-10||Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||Frankie Fleming||NWS||10||1911-06-10||Olympia A.C., New York, New York||Newspaper Decision|
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|Inaugural Champion|| World Junior Lightweight Champion
November 18, 1921 – December 23, 1923
| World Featherweight Champion
July 26, 1923 – August 1923
Title next held byKid Kaplan
| World Junior Lightweight Champion
December 17, 1923 – June 20, 1924