|Real name||Samuel Engotti|
January 17, 1915|
Washington, Pennsylvania or California, Pennsylvania
|Died||October 22, 1980 65)(aged|
|Wins by KO||23|
Sammy Angott (January 17, 1915 – October 22, 1980) was born Samuel Engotti in a Pittsburgh area town in Pennsylvania. He was known as a clever boxer who liked to follow up a clean punch by grabbing his opponent, causing him to be known as "The Clutch." In his career, Angott met the best fighters in the welterweight and lightweight divisions. He fought Sugar Ray Robinson, Bob Montgomery, Beau Jack, Fritzie Zivic, Henry Armstrong, Redtop Davis, Sonny Boy West, and Ike Williams. Angott retired with a record of 94 wins (23 KOs), 29 losses and 8 draws. He was knocked out just once in his career, by Beau Jack in 1946. Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Angott as the #6 ranked lightweight of all-time. He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1973 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998.
World lightweight champion
On May 3, 1940, the 5-8 fighter gained recognition from the National Boxing Association (NBA) as its world lightweight champion when he outpointed Davey Day over 15 rounds. In 1941 Angott outpointed Lew Jenkins, who was recognized as the world title holder, to become the undisputed lightweight king. He defended the title only once, a 15-round points win over Allie Stolz in May 1942.
Retirement and comeback
Angott, retired but returned to defeat the reigning world featherweight king, Willie Pep in a non-title bout. Eventually he regained the NBA lightweight crown by outpointing Slugger White in 15 rounds. He lost the title for good to Juan Zurita on March 8, 1944.
|World Lightweight Champion
December 19, 1941 – November 1942
Title next held byIke Williams