1940-06-05 Billy Conn w pts 15 Gus Lesnevich, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA - NY/NBA

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1940-06-05 Billy Conn w pts 15 Gus Lesnevich, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Sam Hennessey. Scorecards: 8-5, 6-3, 7-6. In a return match, Conn (173½) was again made to fight all the way in order to retain his title, in what would be his last contest at the weight. Showing an excellent range of punches, apart from taking the odd breather Conn outboxed the always dangerous Lesnevich (173½) most of the way. Throwing every punch in the book, Conn cut Lesnevich over the left eye in the 11th and momentarily dropped him the final session to run out a clear winner even though one judge showed just one round between them. In December 1940, with Conn concentrating on the heavyweight division, the NBA withdrew recognition from him in favour of a match between Anton Christoforidis, who had recently beaten Jimmy Bivins (w pts 10 on 2 December at The Arena, Cleveland, Ohio) to avenge an earlier defeat, and Melio Bettina for their version of the vacant title. Then, with the likelihood that Conn would remain among the heavyweights, the NYSAC set up an elimination series in which Jimmy Webb stopped Tommy Tucker in the ninth round of a scheduled 15 at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 21 February 1941. Ultimately, it would be a long and fruitless wait for Webb as Conn only vacated the NYSAC version of the title on 3 June 1941.

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