Willie Pep, Sandy Saddler & Schenectady’s Petey Virgin

From 1942-1948 Willie Pep was the Featherweight Champion of the World.  The year of 1948-1949 Sandy Saddler reigned as the division titleholder.  Pep came back to take over the title the year of 1949-1950, then it was Saddler again from 1950-1957.  Schenectady’s Petey Virgin, a gutsy little fighter, was set to fight Pep for the title one year, but the bout never came to fruition.  I’ve been told that Pep felt Virgin was a dirty fighter.

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