If the words breadbasket, catcher, chin and combination have multiple meanings to you, then you may find many familiar names on this list. For the casual boxing observer, this list will have a host of fighters with storied histories of fighting yet unbeknownst to them. One thing is true of all these men; they are grinders, fighting veterans who've had their hands raised far more times than they've felt the floor.
Boxing, however, is a very interpreted sport. These fighters may have won a staggering number of fights, but they aren't all necessarily regarded as the best boxers of all time (our number #3 on this list often is, though). Household names like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Muhammad Ali are spoken of commonly as some of the best ever (Mayweather's story is not yet fully written, though). The list below is more of the iron men of sport, having endured and won hundreds of fights. . . And getting punched in the face thousands and thousands of times. I mean, is someone counting? The amount of times you've been punched in the face would be a heck of a way to reflect on one's career.
10 Marcel Cerdan: 106-4
9 Julio Cesar Chavez: 108-6-2
8 Tony Canzoneri: 137-24-10
7 Sandy Saddler: 144-16-2
6 Henry Armstrong: 151-21-9
5 Sam Langford: 167-38-37-3
4 Ted "Kid" Lewis: 173-30-14
3 Sugar Ray Robinson: 175-19-6-2
2 Archie Moore: 183-24-10-1
1 Willie Pep: 229-11-1
Guglielmo Papaleo, Willie Pep, Will o' the Wisp. This 5'5" Italian American from Middletown, Connecticut has amassed an 241 boxing matches over his career, for a total of 1,956 rounds. He is often regarded as the best Featherweight boxer in history, and is renowned for his speed and defensive prowess in the ring. He once fought Sugar Ray Robinson in an amateur fight in the attic of a feed store in Norwich CT., losing by decision. He had no idea who Robinson was, as Robinson was fighting under a pseudonym. Another incredible fact about Willie Pep, he survived a plane crash in 1947 in which the copilot and two passengers died. He recovered from serious injuries in the crash and incredibly, he continued to fight successfully afterwards. He had amassed a record of 134-1-1 before he lost his Featherweight title to Sandy Saddler (#7 on this list) in 1948. He retired for good at the age of 43, with an illustriously long, victorious career behind him. It was not without some scandal, as he was often accused of throwing the fight against Lulu Perez in 1954 where he was knocked out in two rounds. A man with a good sense of humor, Pep once said: "All my wives were great housekeepers, after every divorce, they kept the house." He was married six times, but had a career record of 0-6 outside the ring. Who says love isn't a battlefield?
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