Date: 11th February 1949
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, USA
Title: World Featherweight Title
( 136 - 2 - 1 )
Weight: 126 lbs
( 92 - 6 - 2 )
Weight: 124 lbs
The second meeting of Pep and Saddler was possibly their finest. Named Ring Magazine 'Fight of the Year' for 1949 saw Pep regain the World Featherweight Crown he had lost to Saddler on a 4th round knockout four months earlier at the same venue.
The United Press said of the fight: "The sell-out crowd that jammed the Garden witnessed one of the finest and bloodiest featherweight battles on record. Both men were smeared with blood and bleeding from face and eye cuts at the final bell."
Scores: Eddie Joseph 10-5 | Frank Forbes 9-5 | Jack O'Sullivan 9-6.