1939-11-17 Billy Conn w pts 15 Gus Lesnevich, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA
1939-11-17 Billy Conn w pts 15 Gus Lesnevich, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Johnny McAvoy. Scorecards: 8-5, 10-5, 9-6. Setting out aggressively, banging in blows to the body, Lesnevich (174¾) took the fight to Conn (171½) in the early stages before the latter came back strongly from the fourth round onwards. This was never an easy fight for the champion as Lesnevich was always looking to attack the body and Conn was made to fight every inch of the way. However, from the 12th, with both men cut under their left eyes, it was all Conn as he ripped into Lesnevich with hooks, jabs and uppercuts to make sure of the verdict. Despite seemingly lacking a heavy punch, Conn proved once again that he was an excellent boxer who was more than capable of dealing with hard-hitting rivals.