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This just in, I'm sad to report:

Connecticut Boxing legend Willie Pep died at the Rocky Hill Convalescent Home at age 84.

Reported by AP of New Haven at 6:30 a.m.
 

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hhascup said:
I met him many years ago, he was one of the Greatest ever!
I'm so envious of those that get to meet such fighters! There seems to me to be almost nothing in the way of great documentary videos with fighters such as Pep, etc. Fans and boxing enthusiasts are the archivists out there keeping the history alive. Maybe that's the way it should be. The reverance of the boxing fan for the fighters becomes something else. It becomes a personal experience that defies explanation.

But at the same time, c'mon, Ken Burns did a whole flippin' series on Baseball and Lincoln. Meanwhile, legends like Pep are passing away and there's a paltry handful of mediocre films to document decades of another great American sport.

I'll say no more.
 

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I'm so envious of those that get to meet such fighters! There seems to me to be almost nothing in the way of great documentary videos with fighters such as Pep, etc. Fans and boxing enthusiasts are the archivists out there keeping the history alive. Maybe that's the way it should be. The reverance of the boxing fan for the fighters becomes something else. It becomes a personal experience that defies explanation.

But at the same time, c'mon, Ken Burns did a whole flippin' series on Baseball and Lincoln. Meanwhile, legends like Pep are passing away and there's a paltry handful of mediocre films to document decades of another great American sport.

I'll say no more.

Several years ago I was invited to a Ken Burns film on Jack Johnson. I went with Boxing Judge (and a very good freind of mind) Steve Weisfeld. Bert Sugar was also there.

I thought it was GREAT! SEveral weeks later it was shown on TV.
 

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R.I.P willie pep. One of the greats
 

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hhascup said:
Several years ago I was invited to a Ken Burns film on Jack Johnson. I went with Boxing Judge (and a very good freind of mind) Steve Weisfeld. Bert Sugar was also there.

I thought it was GREAT! SEveral weeks later it was shown on TV.
Oh! Yeah, yeah, I forgot that was Ken Burns. "Unforgivable Blackness - The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson". That was a good doc.
 

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Willie Pep

Winning 230 fights , (streaks of 62 and 73)who can say he wasn't the greatest pure boxer ever.(master of finesse)
You won't fined many boxing historians who disagree on this.
It kind of makes me laugh when some fighters of today like to hint about them selfs as being the best ever.(Mayweather)Has he had 40 fights yet?:confused: :rolleyes:
 
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