Number 196 – Patsy Perroni

Perroni - McCorkindale
Patsy Perroni (tied for 192)
February 3, 1912 – October 1, 1987
6’1½” / 77½” reach / 171¾-196lbs
71-18-8-0(25) from 4/1/1927 to 6/1/1944 (17y2m)

1-4-0-0(0) against the top ten
0-1-0-0(0) against linear champions
0-3-0-0(0) against hall-of-famers
no fights for the linear championship

Top ten opponents: W-UD10 Gus Dorazio, L-MD-10 Don McCorkindale, L-UD-10 Joe Louis, L-UD-6, L-UD-10 Roscoe Toles

-3 total score (1 + -4 + 0 + 0)

Patsy Perroni, born Pasquale Pavona in New York, is not a name well-known to casual modern boxing fans. He managed to gain a spot in the Ring’s top ten at heavyweight in 1933 and 1934, and had a few solid wins in those years, against the faded but still troublesome likes of Unknown Winston and Johnny Risko. Perroni lost a narrow decision to contender Don McCorkindale, and won narrowly against Tony Galento. In January 1935, Perroni took a number 6 ranking and a 26-1-1 streak over the last 3-and-a-half years into a matchup with young contender Joe Louis. Perroni was outclassed and repeatedly hurt, going down 3 times, but managed to extend the future great for 10 rounds. It was only the 3rd time in 13 fights that Louis was taken the distance. Perroni followed up this moral victory against a future champion with a fairly mixed record. He went 22-7-3-1(10) post-Louis, including a very good win over a fading, but still contending Gus Dorazio, a draw against an undefeated Buddy Walker, and tough losses to the underrated Roscoe Toles.

Perroni wasn’t a world-beater, but he was a tough, solid fighter. He had some power – more than his rather meager KO ration indicated – and in his physical prime, could take a good punch. He finally retired at the age of 32 in 1944, after going just 1-3-1 in his final 5 fights.

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