1939-07-13 Billy Conn w pts 15 Melio Bettina, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA
1939-07-13 Billy Conn w pts 15 Melio Bettina, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Frank Fullam. Scorecards: 9-6, 8-7, 10-5. For five rounds Bettina (173¼) more than held his own against the fast moving Conn (170¼), fighting out of a crouch that made for a difficult target while baffling the latter with his southpaw stance. However, by the sixth Conn had worked Bettina out when beginning to get home solidly with the left jab despite being caught at times. Although Conn had to hold on occasionally when Bettina opened up he was the one who was dictating the contest over the last five sessions, and in the 13th he cut the latter badly on the cheekbone following a cracking left hand. Because the fight was close enough to warrant a return the two men were signed up almost immediately.