Has anyone ever recreated Willie Pep's alleged feat of winning a round without throwing a punch?

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  1. Sooncreate3

    Sooncreate3 New Member Full Member

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    Most of us boxing fans probably heard about the legend of Pep winning a round without throwing a punch when against Jackie Graves in 1946. Has anyone, especially a modern fighter, ever tried to recreate that feat? If not, what is the least amount of punches ever thrown in a round by a fighter and they end up winning that round?
     
  2. William Walker

    William Walker Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I'm sorry to diffuse the legend, but I believe that's all it was, a legend. Bert was truly a great historian, witnessed a lot, was well studied, and a fun character in many ways, but I believe this was one of the things he would say to get people excited. Just like when he said Shavers hit Randy Cobb so hard that his neck twisted halfway around.
     
  3. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Undisputed* Duration Champion Full Member

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    Sorry to say it was a Bert Sugar con.
     
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  4. Mike Cannon

    Mike Cannon Active Member Full Member

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    Yea, this has been debunked.
     
  5. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

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    Yeah, Joshua Clottey tried it vs Pacquiao.
     
  6. Thread Stealer

    Thread Stealer Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I imagine Clottey was a frustrating fighter to be a fan of. Seemed like had some mental block that would always cause him to choke.

    He had a golden opportunity against Cotto and pissed it away.
     
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  8. spinner

    spinner Active Member Full Member

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    I had a close friend here in St Paul, MN many moons ago whose best drinking buddy was the legendary Don Riley ~ the man who invented that story. Don used to have regular radio spots in which he often boasted of his drinking prowess and his punch line always was "me and my fellow drunken Irishmen". None of those tales had any real credibility but they were entertaining. I guess that's why the legend of Willie Pep's mythic round persists to this day.
     
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  9. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Well if he wanted to I'm sure Canelo could do it,,,,based on the judging I've seen
     
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  10. Maidanas Gun Tattoo

    Maidanas Gun Tattoo Active Member Full Member

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    Lol. His opponent tried it last night. Yildirim almost had round three won til the knockdown. The knockdown saved Canelos career!
     
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  12. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I know RJJ became the first boxer in the compubox era to go a round without getting hit against Vinnie Paz.
     
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  13. FrankinDallas

    FrankinDallas Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Broner won the first round on two of the "judges" scorecards last weekend....and according to Compubox DID NOT THROW A SINGLE PUNCH in that round.
     
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  14. El Gallo Negro

    El Gallo Negro Active Member banned Full Member

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    Two parts to this question:

    A) the legend is bull**** just more narrative and propaganda pushed by elitist snobs that run boxing. This lame claim is actually a big reason I stopped believing that any fighter from the past smokes any fighter of the present, because without any video evidence, you can't trust anything they tell you about the past legends, because they make up so much BS about these guys. I actually HAVE watched video on Pep. The guy was impressive with his hands, but hardly the wizard that he is being sold to the kids today as

    2) Oscar de la Hoya..... Believe it was 1997 against Miguel Angel Gonzalez, but I'm not 100% sure on that....but ODH was asked about a round in which he threw no punches, and that was answer, that he was trying to win a round without throwing any punches
     
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  15. ron davis

    ron davis Active Member Full Member

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    It would be like fighting Bruce Lee, you wouldn't be able to hit him, before you get kicked in the groin, and he never threw a punch. Just added for fun.:)
     
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