1946-06-19 Joe Louis w co 8 (15) Billy Conn, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1946-06-19 Joe Louis w co 8 (15) Billy Conn, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Eddie Joseph. In a contest that most fans were looking forward to it failed to reach the heights of their previous battle when the challenger failed to take the fight to Louis (207) as he had previously done. With Conn (187) continually on the back foot and not engaging Louis he was outscored in five of the seven completed rounds according to the referee’s card. Conn only really showed in the second round when hurting Louis with a right to the jaw before going back on the retreat. Having decided to pick up the pace in the eighth Louis went after Conn with a purpose, crashing in a left-right to the jaw that had its desired effect. Quick as a flash Louis pounced again, and another left-right to the jaw sent Conn down in a heap. Although the challenger desperately tried to get to his feet he just failed to make it, being counted out at 2.19 of the session.

Louis’ next opponent would be Tami Mauriello, who had risen through the ranks to become the number-one contender after disposing of Bruce Woodcock (w co 5 at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC on 17 May).