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Billy Conn

Titles: Light-heavyweight champion from 1939-1940
    
Record: 63-12-1 
    
Born: October 8, 1917 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA)
    
Years active: 1935-1948
    
Nickname:"The Pittsburgh Kid" 
 
Conn will unfortunately go down in ring history for his loss to Joe Louis 
with the Heavyweight title at stake. Ahead on points and boxing his way to 
a victory Conn decided to go for a knockout and ended up on the wrong end 
of it! Conn started his career at the age of 16 at the welterweight limit 
and lost 6 of his first 14 fights. He worked hard to improve and with the 
help of his trainer worked is way up the rankings. At middleweight he 
defeated veterans Teddy Yarosz, Vince Dundee, Fred Apostoli and Fritzie 
Zivic. Conn got his title shot at light heavyweight however where he out 
boxed Melio Bettina and defended the title 3 times thereafter. He gave 
up the light heavyweight crown for a shot at heavyweight champion Joe 
Louis. Victories over  the tough heavyweights Bob Pastor and Lee Savold 
led to a title shot at Joe Louis. Conn gave a brilliant display of counter 
punching before Louis knocked Conn out shortly before the bell sounded 
ending round 13. Conn continued to fight until he entered the service in 
1942. After his service stint ended he fought 4 more times, including a 
bad rematch with Joe Louis and then decided to retire. Out of the ring 
Conn would star as himself in a movie. Fleet feet, hard work and good 
boxing skills allowed Conn to overcome his early setbacks, should be a 
lesson to all fighters who start their career with little success. 

Billy Conn
Career record: 63 W, 11 L, 1 D (14 K.O's)


     1934

     28 Jun    Dick Woodward       Fairmont, WV        L 4
     20 Jul    Johnny Lewis        Charleston, SC      KO 3
     30 Aug    Bob Dronan          Parkersburg, WV     W 6
     27 Sep    Paddy Gray          Pittsburgh, PA      W 4
     12 Nov    Pete Leone          Wheeling, WV        KO by 3

     1935

     29 Jan    Johnny Birek        Pittsburgh, PA      W 6
     25 Feb    Ray Eberle          Pittsburgh, PA      L 6
     13 Mar    Stanley Nagy        Wheeling, WV        W 4
     8 Apr     George Schlee       Pittsburgh, PA      KO 1
     25 Apr    Ralph Gizzy         Pittsburgh, PA      L 4
     3 Jun     Ray Eberle          Millvale, PA        W 6
     10 Jun    Ralph Gizzy         Millvale, PA        L 6
     9 Jul     Ray Eberle          Millvale, PA        W 6
     19 Aug    Teddy Movan         Millvale, PA        L 4
     9 Sep     George Leggins      Pittsburgh, PA      W 4
     10 Sep    Johnny Yurcini      Washington, PA      W 6
     7 Oct     Johnny Yurcini      Johnstown, PA       W 6
     14 Oct    Teddy Movan         Pittsburgh, PA      D 6
     18 Nov    Steve Walters       Pittsburgh, PA      W 6

     1936

     27 Jan    Johnny Yurcini      Pittsburgh, PA      KO 4
     3 Feb     Kid Cook            Pittsburgh, PA      W 6
     17 Feb    Kid Cook            Pittsburgh, PA      W 8
     16 Mar    Steve Nickleash     Pittsburgh, PA      W 6
     13 Apr    Steve Nickleash     Pittsburgh, PA      W 6
     27 Apr    General Burrows     Pittsburgh, PA      W 6
     19 May    Dick Ambrose        Pittsburgh, PA      W 6
     27 May    Honeyboy Jones      Pittsburgh, PA      W 8
     3 Jun     Honeyboy Jones      Pittsburgh, PA      W 10
     15 Jun    General Burrows     Pittsburgh, PA      W 8
     30 Jul    Teddy Movan         Pittsburgh, PA      W 8
     10 Aug    Teddy Movan         Pittsburgh, PA      W 8
     8 Sep     Honeyboy Jones      Pittsburgh, PA      W 10
     21 Sep    Roscoe Manning      Pittsburgh, PA      KO 5
     19 Oct    Charlie Weise       Pittsburgh, PA      W 10
     22 Oct    Ralph Chong         Pittsburgh, PA      W 10
     2 Dec     Jimmy Brown         Pittsburgh, PA      KO 9
     28 Dec    Fritzie Zivic       Pittsburgh, PA      W 10

     1937

     11 Mar    Babe Risko          Pittsburgh, PA      W 10
     3 May     Vince Dundee        Pittsburgh, PA      W 10
     27 May    Oscar Rankins       Pittsburgh, PA      W 10
     30 Jun    Teddy Yarosz        Pittsburgh, PA      W 12
     13 Aug    Young Corbett III   San Francisco, CA   L 10
     30 Sep    Teddy Yarosz        Pittsburgh, PA      W 15
     8 Nov     Young Corbett III   Pittsburgh, PA      W 10
     16 Dec    Solly Kreiger       Pittsburgh, PA      L 12

     1938

     24 Jan    Honeyboy Jones      Pittsburgh, PA      W 12
     4 Apr     Domenic Ceccarelli  Pittsburgh, PA      W 10
     10 May    Eric Seelig         Pittsburgh, PA      W 10
     25 Jul    Teddy Yarosz        Pittsburgh, PA      L 12
     14 Sep    Ray Actis           San Francisco, CA   KO 8
     27 Oct    Honeyboy Jones      Pittsburgh, PA      W 10
     28 Nov    Solly Krieger       Pittsburgh, PA      W 12

     1939

     6 Jan     Fred Apostoli       New York, NY        W 10
     10 Feb    Fred Apostoli       New York, NY        W 15
     12 May    Solly Krieger       New York, NY        W 12
     13 Jul    Melio Bettina       New York, NY        W 15
               (Won World Light-Heavyweight Championship)
     14 Aug    Gus Dorazio         Philadelphia, PA    KO 8
     25 Sep    Melio Bettina       Pittsburgh, PA      W 15
               (Retained World Light-Heavyweight Championship)
     17 Nov    Gus Lesnivich       New York, NY        W 15
               (Retained World Light-Heavyweight Championship)

     1940

     10 Jan    Henry Cooper        New York, NY        W 12
     5 Jun     Gus Lesnivich       Detroit, MI         W 15
               (Retained World Light-Heavyweight Championship)
     6 Sep     Bob Pastor          New York, NY        KO 13
     18 Oct    Al McCoy            Boston, MA          W 10
     29 Nov    Lee Savold          New York, NY        W 12

     1941

     27 Feb    Ira Hughes          Clarksburg, WV      KO 4
     6 Mar     Dan Hassett         Washington, DC      KO 5
     4 Apr     Gunnar Barlund      Chicago, IL         KO 8
     26 May    Buddy Knox          Pittsburgh, PA      KO 8
     18 Jun    Joe Louis           New York, NY        KO by 13
              (For World Heavyweight Championship)
               
     1942

     12 Jan    Henry Cooper        Toledo, OH          W 12
     28 Jan    J.D. Turner         St. Louis, MO       W 10
     13 Feb    Tony Zale           New York, NY        W 12

               1942-1946.  In the armed forces.

     1946

     19 Jun    Joe Louis           New York, NY        KO by 8
               (For World Heavyweight Championship)

     1948

     15 Nov    Mike O' Dowd        Macon, GA           KO 9
     25 Nov    Jackie Lyons        Dallas, TX          KO 9