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Willie Pep vs Sandy Saddler 2

Willie Pep vs Sandy Saddler 2

Date: 11th February 1949

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, USA

Title: World Featherweight Title

Promoter: None

Willie Pep
( 136 - 2 - 1 )
Weight: 126 lbs

Sandy Saddler
( 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.

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