We will never really know his full potential as great fighter at 126 lbs. because of that fatal car crash that ended his life and career. But having defeated the likes of reigning and future world champions Danny Lopez, Juan LaPorte, Wilfredo Gomez, Ruben Castillo and Azumah Nelson gave us some idea of how good and great he could have been had he not perished at a very young age of 23. He was being brought up to challenge Alexis Arguello when he died, He had just one defeat and a draw very early in his career that started when he was just 16 years old.
I think Sanchez is among the top dozen featherweights of all time in the illustrious company of Armstrong, Pep, Saddler, Arguello, Canzoneri, Attell, Dixon, Kid Chocolate, Pedroza, Saldivar, Kilbane
Where do you rank Salvadore Sanchez among the all time great featherweights?
And how would he do vs Pep or Saddler?
- I put him right above Alexis Arguello at #9 spot of all time greats. He would lose to Pep and Saddler but he will have his moment in the fight.20
- My list looks like this.
1. Willie Pep
2. Abe Attell
3. Henry Armstrong
4. Sandy Saddler
5 Salvador Sanchez
BQ: I think he'd smoke Saddler. Saddler would be greatly hindered under today's rules where he wouldn't be able to rabbit punch and get away with a lot of the dirty $hit he was able to get away with in his day, and especially in his fights against Pep where he tore his shoulder out of his socket. His bully tactics wouldn't fly under today's rules. I've gone back and forth, but based on what I've seen from both guys, I'd honestly say I think Sanchez would probably beat Pep too the majority of the time, but I'd never count Pep out of any fight against anyone at featherweight. I still hold Pep in the highest regard, and he's my favorite fighter of all time, but I have to be honest with myself. I just think Sanchez might be able to wear him down. Both Sanchez and Pep were master boxers, and Pep has the best footwork and ring skills i've seen as far as positioning and whatnot, but I think Sanchez might catch up with him. Like I said, I go back and forth. The secondary question you asked really makes me think. I don't know.. Ugh.. This one is tough... I don't know... This is the only time I've ever pulled a ***** move and called a draw, but I can also see Pep outpointing Sanchez... I can see Pep playing chess with Sanchez and coming out on top if he gets on his bike. I think he'd get busted up a little, of course, I can see him coming out on top if he's able to fight his fight. Toughie.30
- Top 3 All time.10
- i'd probably put sanchez in the top 5. he loses to pep but beats saddler.10
- Id like to say he was not only the best featherweight but maybe in the top 3 pound for pound of all time. I cant say that though because he never lived long enough to secure the accomplishments he could have. On potential there is no telling how great this man could have been, Ive seen them all and one of the best is Sanchez, I never seen a guy do so many things wrong and never have to pay for it. The thing was you had to try and capitalize on his mistakes while he is bombarding you with punches, he never let an opponent get comfortable.
A young prior to his accident may have been able to lure Sanchez into something, Pep was an excellent counter puncher and he mastered the feint. But like any other fighter I don't think Sanchez lets Pep get comfortable and eventually puts him away late in the fight. Pep was great, maybe one of the best of all time, but your talking different eras of the sport. Peps style and technique would carry him years ahead of his time but I dont think he matches up with toe to toe with the greats of the 70's and 80's.
Saddler would be a war but again I think modern nutrition and training allows Sanchez to be too strong for Saddler and wears him down.
It seems after so much time has gone by some fighters become supermen when they were not. They were beatable at the time to lesser opposition then the boys around in the 70s and 80's which in my opinion is the best two decades in boxing history.
Sanchez is certainly one of the all time great featherweights, you could arguably say he is the best but again his career was cut short. If I were to do a top 10 pound for pound of all time I believe i would include Sanchez although I think the pound for pound ranking is a little ridiculous, its really just a matter of opinion.30
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