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Sammy Angott

 ("The Clutch")

 

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Sammy Angott
Statistics
Real name Samuel Engotti
Nickname(s) "The Clutch"
Rated at Lightweight
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Birth date January 17, 1915
Birth place Washington, Pennsylvania
Death date October 22, 1980 (aged 65)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 135
Wins 99
Wins by KO 23
Losses 28
Draws 8

Sammy Angott (b. January 17, 1915, d. October 22, 1980) was born Samuel Engotti 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."

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 1939 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.

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.

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 99 wins (23 KOs), 28 losses and 8 draws. He was knocked out just once in his career, by Beau Jack in 1946.[1]