|Real name||Giuseppe Curreri|
|Height||5 ft 4 1⁄2 in (1.64 m)|
|Reach||63 in (160 cm)|
|Born||November 19, 1893
|Died||April 22, 1965|
|Wins by KO||17|
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. 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. Dundee was elected to the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1957 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.
World featherweight champion
Dundee earned a world title fight in his 87th fight and fought to a draw with World 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.
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 down briefly in the fourth, and again in the fifteenth in what several boxing critics considered only a modest showing for Dundee. The New York Evening World wrote that Dundee was "losing his fighting fire", by allowing the bout to go fifteen rounds. The Evening World considered Dundee to have taken every round, though he made a strong showing in the early part of the fourth. Sharkey had lost earlier to Buff on January 15, 1920 in an eight-round newspaper decision of the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, New Jersey. The bout was quite exciting and Sharkey was said to excel at infighting having a reach advantage over Dundee. The bout was close and pushed Dundee to his limits, though he won "by a shade".
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.
Dundee lost the junior lightweight title to Steve Sullivan on June 20, 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.
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.
|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|
- List of lineal boxing world champions
- List of super featherweight boxing champions
- List of featherweight boxing champions
- "All-Time Featherweight Rankings". BoxRec. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- All-Time Featherweight Rankings IBROresearch.com Retrieved on 2014-04-29
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- Van Every, Ed, "Dundee Scores Easy Victory Over Sharkey", New York Evening World, New York, New York, pg. 14, 7 July 1922
- "Buff Makes Sharkey Go Limit to Win By Shade", Reading Times, Reading, Pennsylvania, pg. 15, 17 January 1920
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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