“BILLY CONN” A GREAT HEAVY WEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION

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BILLY CONN , WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
 
In May 1941 Conn gave up his world Light Heavy Weight  title to challenge Joe Louis . Conn attempted to become the first World World light Heavy weight  in boxing history to win the Title when he and Louis met on this year. The fight became apart of fight  history  creditably  so with out Conn going up in weight.  Conn had a secure lead on the score cards leading to round 13. According to many experts and fans who watched the fight, Conn  was outmaneuvering  Louis up to that point. In a move that Conn would regret for the rest of his life,he tried to go for a knockout in round 13 and instead wound up losing the fight, by knockout in the same round himself
 
Ten minutes after the fight , Conn told reporters. “I lost my head and a million bucks  When asked by reporters why he went for the knockout. Conn replied to reporters,famously, What”s the use of being Irish if can’t be thick . Later he would joke with Joe Louis , Why wouldn’t you let me hold the title for for a year or so? to which the Bomber responded  ,You had the title for twelve rounds and you couldn’t keep it.
 
In 1942, Conn beat Tony Zale and had an exhibition with Lois.World war II was at its high, and both Conn and Louis were called to serve in the Army. Conn went to war and was away fro the ring until146. By then the  public was calling for a rematch him and still Heavyweight champion Louis.
This happened on June 19,1946,Conn returned into the ring ,right straight into a Heavy weight champion bout. Before the fight, it was suggested to Louis that Conn might outpoint him because of his hand and foot speed .   In a line to be remembered Louis replied,He can run but he can’t hide.
 

The fight ,at Yankee Stadium ,was was the first televised Heavy wight  championship bout ever and  146,ooo people watched it on TV, also setting a record for the most seen  world Heavyweight bout in History. Most people who saw it agreed that both Conn and Louis’s abilities  had eroded with time spent serving in the Armed forced, but Louis was able to retain the crown by a knock out in round eight. On Dec. 10,1948 he and Louis met inside the ring for the last time in a public exhibition in Chicago. Conn would never climb into a ring to be a fighter again.

Billy Married Mary Louise smith,, a member of the Smith family from Pittsburgh. Billy did not get along with the former MLB champion Greenfield Jimmie Smith, who was Mary’s father.A fight broke out between them in Jimmy Smith’s Squirrel hill home on Beach wood Boulevard. Billy Conn punched his father- law in-the head and broke his hand.As a result of this injury ,the fight with Joe Louis was postponed. Frank De Ford  wrote colorfully about the the famous kitchen brawl in his Sport Illustrated story The Boxer and the Blond.

 
 

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