Joseph "Sandy" Saddler (June 23, 1926 – September 18, 2001) was an American professional boxer. He was a two-time featherweight world champion, having also held the super featherweight title. Over his twelve-year career (1944–56), Saddler scored 103 knockouts and was stopped only once himself, in his second professional fight, by Jock Leslie. In 2003, Saddler was ranked number five on The Ring magazine's list of "100 Greatest Punchers of All Time". His nephew is Grandmaster Flash.

Sandy Saddler
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Statistics
Real nameJoseph "Joey" Saddler
Weight(s)Featherweight
Super featherweight
Height5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1926-06-23)June 23, 1926
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedSeptember 18, 2001(2001-09-18) (aged 75)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights162
Wins144
Wins by KO103
Losses16
Draws2

Professional careerEdit

Saddler is best known for his four-bout series with Willie Pep. The two first faced off on October 29, 1948. Pep was the reigning featherweight champion of the world, and coming into the fight boasted a record of 134-1-1 (43 KO). Saddler captured the title by knocking Pep down four times en route to a four-round knockout victory.[1] This was only the second time that Pep was beaten, Sammy Angott beat him in 1943, and first time he was ever stopped in 137 bouts.

Pep then recaptured the crown on February 11, 1949, by outpointing Saddler over 15 rounds. Saddler regained the crown on September 8, 1950 by a TKO in the eight round. Pep quit after dislocating his shoulder. The pair fought their last fight on September 26, 1951. In one of the dirtiest championship fights ever fought,[citation needed] Saddler won when the fight was stopped in the tenth round.

Saddler fought several other notable opponents during his career. He knocked out future lightweight champion Joe Brown, as well as lightweight champions Lara Salas and Paddy DeMarco. Saddler beat lightweight champion Jimmy Carter, knocked out future junior lightweight champion Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, and lost to Larry Boardman.

Professional recordEdit

144 Wins (103 knockouts), 16 Losses (1 knockout), 2 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 144-16-2   Larry Boardman UD 10 1956-04-14   Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 144-15-2   George Monroe TKO 3 (12) 1956-02-13   Providence, United States
Win 143-15-2   Flash Elorde TKO 13 (15) 1956-01-18   Oakland, California, United States Retained World Featherweight Title
Win 142-15-2   Dave Gallardo TKO 6 (10) 1955-12-12   Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco, California, United States
Loss 141-15-2   Flash Elorde UD 10 1955-07-20   Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Win 141-14-2   Shigeji Kaneko TKO 6 (10) 1955-07-08   Tokyo, Japan
Loss 140-14-2   Joey Lopes UD 10 1955-05-24   Sacramento, California, United States
Win 140-13-2   Kenny Davis TKO 5 (10) 1955-04-05   Butte, Montana, United States
Win 139-13-2   Teddy Davis UD 15 1955-02-25   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Retained World Featherweight Title
Win 138-13-2   Paddy DeMarco TKO 9 (12) 1955-01-24   Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 137-13-2   Lulu Perez KO 4 (10) 1955-01-17   Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 136-13-2   Bobby Woods UD 10 1954-12-10   Spokane, Washington, United States
Win 135-13-2   Ray Famechon RTD 5 (10) 1954-10-25   Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Win 134-13-2   Baby Ortiz KO 3 (8) 1954-09-27   Caracas, Venezuela
Win 133-13-2   Jackie Blair KO 1 (10) 1954-08-30   Caracas, Venezuela
Win 132-13-2   Libby Manzo TKO 10 (10) 1954-07-05   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, United States
Loss 131-13-2   Hoacine Khalfi SD 10 1954-05-17   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, United States
Win 131-12-2   Augie Salazar TKO 7 (10) 1954-04-01   Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 130-12-2   Charlie Slaughter TKO 4 (10) 1954-03-04   Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 129-12-2   Bill Bossio TKO 9 (10) 1954-01-15   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, United States
Win 128-12-2   Tommy Collins TKO 5 (10) 1952-03-17   Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 127-12-2   Armand Savoie DQ 3 (10) 1952-03-03   Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 127-11-2   George Araujo UD 10 1952-01-14   Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 127-10-2   Paddy DeMarco SD 10 1951-12-07   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 127-9-2   Willie Pep RTD 9 (15) 1951-09-26   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Retained World Featherweight Title
Loss 126-9-2   Paddy DeMarco SD 10 1951-08-27   Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 126-8-2   Hermie Freeman TKO 5 (10) 1951-08-20   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 125-8-2   Angel Olivieri KO 5 (10) 1951-06-30   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 124-8-2   Mario Salinas KO 5 (10) 1951-06-22   Santiago de Chile, Chile
Win 123-8-2   Oscar Flores KO 1 (12) 1951-06-16   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 122-8-2   Alfredo Prada KO 4 (12) 1951-06-02   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 121-8-2   Harry LaSane UD 10 1951-05-05   Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 120-8-2   Freddie Herman RTD 5 (10) 1951-04-03   Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 119-8-2   Lauro Salas TKO 6 (10) 1951-03-27   Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 118-8-2   Diego Sosa KO 2 (10) 1951-02-28   Havana, Cuba Retained World Super Featherweight Title
Win 117-8-2   Jesse Underwood UD 10 1951-01-23   Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States
Loss 116-8-2   Del Flanagan UD 10 1950-12-06   Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 116-7-2   Charley Riley MD 10 1950-11-01   Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 115-7-2   Harry LaSane UD 10 1950-10-12   Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 114-7-2   Willie Pep RTD 8 (15) 1950-09-08   Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, United States Won World Featherweight Title
Win 113-7-2   Leroy Willis RTD 2 (10) 1950-06-30   Long Beach, New York, United States
Win 112-7-2   Johnny Forte KO 3 (10) 1950-06-19   Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 111-7-2   Miguel Acevedo TKO 6 (10) 1950-05-25   Minneapolis, United States
Win 110-7-2   Jesse Underwood PTS 10 1950-04-29   Waterbury, United States
Win 109-7-2   Lauro Salas TKO 9 (15) 1950-04-18   Cleveland, United States Retained World Super Featherweight Title
Win 108-7-2   Reuben Davis TKO 7 (10) 1950-04-10   Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 107-7-2   Luis Ramos TKO 3 (10) 1950-02-20   Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 106-7-2   Chuck Burton KO 1 (10) 1950-02-06   Holyoke, United States
Win 105-7-2   Pedro Firpo KO 1 (10) 1950-01-22   Caracas, Venezuela
Win 104-7-2   Paulie Jackson KO 1 (10) 1950-01-16   Caracas, Venezuela
Win 103-7-2   Orlando Zulueta SD 10 1949-12-06   Cleveland, United States Won vacant World Super Featherweight Title
Win 102-7-2   Leroy Willis UD 10 1949-11-07   Toledo, United States
Win 101-7-2   Paddy DeMarco TKO 9 (10) 1949-10-28   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Win 100-7-2   Proctor Heinhold TKO 2 (10) 1949-09-26   Schenectady, United States
Win 99-7-2   Harold Dade PTS 10 1949-09-02   Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 98-7-2   Alfredo Escobar TKO 9 (10) 1949-08-23   Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 97-7-2   Johnny Rowe TKO 8 (10) 1949-08-08   Brooklyn, United States
Win 96-7-2   Chuck Burton TKO 5 (10) 1949-08-02   Pittsfield, United States
Win 95-7-2   Gordon House TKO 4 (10) 1949-07-15   Long Beach, New York, United States
Win 94-7-2   Luis Ramos KO 5 (10) 1949-06-23   Long Island City, Queens, United States
Win 93-7-2   Jim Keery KO 4 (12) 1949-06-02   White City, London, England
Win 92-7-2   Ermanno Bonetti KO 2 (10) 1949-04-18   Philadelphia, United States
Win 91-7-2   Felix Ramirez PTS 10 1949-03-21   New Jersey City, United States
Loss 90-7-2   Willie Pep UD 15 1949-02-11   Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States Lost World Featherweight Title
Win 90-6-2   Young Finnegan KO 5 (10) 1949-01-16   Panama City, Panama
Win 89-6-2   Terry Young TKO 10 (10) 1948-12-17   Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 89-6-2   Eddie Giosa KO 2 (10) 1948-12-07   Cleveland, United States
Win 88-6-2   Dennis Pat Brady UD 10 1948-11-29   Boston Garden, Boston, United States
Win 87-6-2   Tomas Beato TKO 2 (10) 1948-11-19   Bridgeport, United States
Win 86-6-2   Willie Pep KO 4 (15) 1948-10-29   Madison Square Garden New York City, United States Won World Featherweight Title
Win 85-6-2   Willie Roache KO 3 (8) 1948-10-11   New Haven, United States
Win 84-6-2   Aquilino Allen KO 2 (10) 1948-08-22   Panama City, Panama
Win 83-6-2   Kid Zefine KO 2 (10) 1948-08-15   Panama City, Panama
Loss 82-6-2   Chico Rosa SD 10 1948-06-29   Honolulu, United States
Win 82-5-2   Harry LaSane UD 10 1948-05-24   Holyoke, United States
Win 81-5-2   Young Tanner KO 5 (10) 1948-04-26   Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 80-5-2   Jose Alberto Diaz KO 8 (12) 1948-04-17   Caracas, Venezuela
Win 79-5-2   Luis Monagas KO 3 (10) 1948-04-10   Caracas, Venezuela
Win 78-5-2   Bobby Timpson PTS 10 1948-03-23   Hartford, United States
Win 77-5-2   Thompson Harmon TKO 8 (10) 1948-03-08   Holyoke, United States
Win 76-5-2   Archie Wilmer UD 8 1948-03-05   Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 75-5-2   Joey Angelo UD 10 1948-02-09   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, United States
Win 74-5-2   Charley Noel PTS 10 1948-02-02   Holyoke, United States
Win 73-5-2   Orlando Zulueta PTS 10 1947-12-13   Havana, Cuba
Win 72-5-2   Lino Garcia KO 3 (8) 1947-12-05   Havana, Cuba
Win 71-5-2   Kid Barquerito KO 5 (10) 1947-11-09   Caracas, Venezuela
Win 70-5-2   Lino Garcia KO 5 (10) 1947-10-26   Caracas, Venezuela
Win 69-5-2   Al Pennino TKO 4 (10) 1947-10-13   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, United States
Loss 68-5-2   Humberto Sierra SD 10 1947-10-03   Minneapolis, United States
Win 68-4-2   Angelo Ambrosano KO 2 (8) 1947-09-17   Jamaica, Queens, United States
Win 67-4-2   Miguel Acevedo TKO 7 (8) 1947-08-29   Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 66-4-2   Leslie Harris TKO 5 (10) 1947-08-14   Atlantic City, United States
Win 65-4-2   Oscar Calles KO 5 (10) 1947-07-26   Caracas, Venezuela
Draw 64-4-2   Jimmy Carter MD 10 1947-06-03   Washington D.C., United States
Win 64-4-1   Melvin Bartholomew UD 10 1947-05-09   New Orleans, United States
Win 63-4-1   Joe Brown RTD 2 (10) 1947-05-02   New Orleans, United States
Win 62-4-1   Charley Cabey Lewis UD 10 1947-04-14   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, United States
Win 61-4-1   Carlos Malacara PTS 10 1947-03-29   Mexico City, Mexico
Win 60-4-1   Leonardo Lopez KO 2 (10) 1947-03-08   Mexico City, Mexico
Win 59-4-1   Larry Thomas TKO 2 (8) 1947-02-07   Asbury Park, United States
Win 58-4-1   Humberto Zavala TKO 7 (10) 1947-01-27   New York City, United States
Win 57-4-1   George 'Dusty' Brown KO 4 (8) 1947-01-20   Holyoke, United States
Win 56-4-1   Leonard Caesar KO 2 (6) 1946-12-30   Newark, United States
Win 55-4-1   Luis Marquez KO 2 (6) 1946-12-26   Jamaica, Queens, United States
Win 54-4-1   Clyde English KO 3 (8) 1946-12-09   Holyoke, United States
Win 53-4-1   Artie Price UD 10 1946-11-12   Detroit, United States
Win 52-4-1   Joe Rodriguez KO 3 (8) 1946-10-10   Atlantic City, United States
Win 51-4-1   Pedro Firpo PTS 10) 1946-08-22   Brooklyn, United States
Win 50-4-1   Dom Amoroso KO 2 (8) 1946-08-05   Providence, United States
Loss 49-4-1   Phil Terranova UD 10) 1946-07-23   Detroit, United States
Win 49-3-1   Georgie Cooper TKO 7 (8) 1946-07-10   Brooklyn, United States
Win 48-3-1   Cedric Flournoy TKO 3 (8) 1946-06-13   Detroit, United States
Win 47-3-1   Pedro Firpo PTS 8 1946-04-25   Atlantic City, United States
Win 46-3-1   Johnny Wolgast PTS 8 1946-04-11   Atlantic City, United States
Win 45-3-1   Ralph LaSalle KO 1 (6) 1946-04-08   New York City, United States
Loss 44-3-1   Bobby McQuillar UD 10 1946-02-18   Arena Gardens, Detroit, United States
Win 44-2-1   Arbie Bowie KO 1 (8) 1946-01-17   Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win 43-2-1   Filiberto Osario PTS 6 1945-12-21   Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 42-2-1   Joey Monteiro PTS 8 1945-12-14   Boston, United States
Win 41-2-1   Benny Daniels UD 6 1945-12-03   Holyoke, United States
Win 40-2-1   Richie Miyashiro PTS 6 1945-09-21   Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 39-2-1   Earl Mintz KO 1 (6) 1945-08-27   Providence, United States
Win 38-2-1   Bobby English KO 3 (6) 1945-08-20   Providence, United States
Win 37-2-1   Lou Langley KO 1 (6) 1945-08-16   Brooklyn, United States
Win 36-2-1   Luis Rivera TKO 4 (6) 1945-07-30   Long Island City, United States
Win 35-2-1   Joey Monteiro TKO 5 (6) 1945-07-24   Brooklyn, United States
Win 34-2-1   Herbie (Biff) Jones TKO 3 (6) 1945-07-23   Baltimore, United States
Win 33-2-1   Leo Methot KO 1 (6) 1945-06-29   Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 32-2-1   Bobby Washington KO 2 (6) 1945-06-25   Allentown, United States
Win 31-2-1   Caswell Harris TKO 2 (6) 1945-06-18   Baltimore, United States
Win 30-2-1   Chilindrina Valencia TKO 9 (10) 1945-04-30   Detroit, United States
Win 29-2-1   Willie Anderson TKO 5 (8) 1945-04-20   Olympia Stadium, Detroit, United States
Win 28-2-1   Jimmy Allen KO 1 (8) 1945-04-02   Newark, United States
Win 27-2-1   Georgie Knox TKO 4 (8) 1945-03-22   Jersey City, United States
Win 26-2-1   Joey Monteiro KO 4 (6) 1945-03-19   New York City, United States
Win 25-2-1   Harold Gibson PTS 6 1945-03-10   Brooklyn, United States
Win 24-2-1   Joey Gatto TKO 1 (6) 1945-02-19   Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 23-2-1   Benny May PTS 6 1945-01-26   Jersey City, United States
Win 22-2-1   Joey Puig KO 1 (6) 1945-01-22   New York City, United States
Win 21-2-1   Lucky Johnson KO 1 (6) 1945-01-15   Newark, United States
Win 20-2-1   Tony Oshiro PTS 6 1945-01-13   Brooklyn, United States
Win 19-2-1   Midget Mayo KO 3 (6) 1944-12-26   Newark, United States
Win 18-2-1   Earl Mintz KO 2 (6) 1944-12-16   Brooklyn, United States
Win 17-2-1   Tony Oshiro TKO 2 (6) 1944-12-12   Jersey City, United States
Win 16-2-1   Percy Cabey Lewis KO 1 (6) 1944-11-28   Jersey City, United States
Win 15-2-1   Manuel Torres KO 5 (6) 1944-11-24   New York City, United States
Win 14-2-1   Ken Tompkins KO 1 (6) 1944-11-13   Newark, United States
Win 13-2-1   Manuel Torres PTS 6 1944-11-11   Brooklyn, United States
Win 12-2-1   Cliff Smith PTS 6 1944-08-18   New York City, United States
Win 11-2-1   Georgie Knox TKO 3 (6) 1944-08-08   Brooklyn, United States
Win 10-2-1   Al Pennino PTS 6 1944-07-25   Brooklyn, United States
Win 9-2-1   Benny Saladino TKO 3 (6) 1944-07-18   Brooklyn, United States
Win 8-2-1   Clyde English PTS 6 1944-07-11   Woodhaven, United States
Draw 7-2-1   Lou Alter PTS 4 1944-06-23   Brooklyn, United States
Loss 7-2   Lou Alter PTS 6 1944-06-15   Brooklyn, United States
Win 7-1   Jose Aporte Torres PTS 8 1944-06-13   Union City, United States
Win 6-1   Domingo Diaz PTS 6 1944-05-23   Jersey City, United States
Win 5-1   Jose Aporte Torres PTS 6 1944-05-15   Holyoke, United States
Win 4-1   Jose Aporte Torres PTS 6 1944-05-08   Trenton, United States
Win 3-1   Joe Landry KO 1 (6) 1944-04-17   Holyoke, United States
Win 2-1   Al King KO 2 (6) 1944-03-27   Holyoke, United States
Loss 1-1   Jock Leslie TKO 3 (6) 1944-03-21   Hartford, United States
Win 1-0   Earl Roys PTS 8 1944-03-07   Hartford, United States Professional Debut

After boxingEdit

Saddler retired from boxing in 1956, aged 30, after an eye injury sustained in a traffic accident. He later became a trainer and helped train the young George Foreman in the 1970s, including Foreman's first Heavyweight Championship of the World reign. In 2003, he was ranked #5 on the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

In 1990, Saddler was inducted into the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame. He is the Uncle of Joseph Saddler, better known as Grandmaster Flash. Saddler died on September 18, 2001.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sandy Saddler - Lineal Featherweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.

External linksEdit

Achievements
Preceded by
Willie Pep
World Featherweight Champion
October 29, 1948 – February 11, 1949
Succeeded by
Willie Pep
World Featherweight Champion
September 8, 1950 – January 21, 1957
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Hogan Bassey
Vacant
Title last held by
Frankie Klick
World Super Featherweight Champion
October 29, 1948 – January, 1957
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Gabriel "Flash" Elorde