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Billy Conn
Global ID9007
sexmale
birthdate 1917-10-08
death date 1993-05-29 (75)
divisionlight heavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 1½″   /   187cm
reach72½″   /   184cm
aliasPittsburgh Kid
country USA
residencePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
birth placeEast Liberty, Pennsylvania, USA
birth nameWilliam David Conn
won 64 (KO 15) + lost 11 (KO 3) + drawn 1 = 76
rounds boxed 646 KO% 19.74
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1948-11-25Jackie Lyons27-17-3
Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas, USAWKO910
time: 1:25 | referee: James J. Braddock
1948-11-15Mike O'Dowd5-8-1
Macon, Georgia, USAWTKO910
1946-06-19Joe Louis54-1-0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALKO815
time: 2:19 | referee: Eddie Joseph 2-5 | judge: Frank Forbes 1-5 | judge: Jack O'Sullivan 1-5
World Heavyweight Title
Conn's performance against Louis during this bout would earn him the Associated Press's annual "Flop of the Year" award.

1942-02-13Tony Zale51-15-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1212
1942-01-28Jay D Turner24-20-4
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWPTS1010
Reported in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Jack Kincaid).
1942-01-12Henry Cooper30-35-2
University Field House, Toledo, Ohio, USAWUD1212
1941-06-18Joe Louis49-1-0
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USALKO1315
time: 2:58 | referee: Eddie Joseph 7-5 | judge: Marty Monroe 7-4 | judge: Bill Healy 6-6
World Heavyweight Title
Two rights to Conn's jaw ended the fight.

1941-05-26Buddy Knox91-15-5
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO810
referee: Red Robinson
Knox's corner stopped the fight as the bell rang to begin the 8th round. Knox was knocked down three times in the 7th.
1941-04-04Gunnar Barlund41-12-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO810
referee: Barney Ross
Ross stopped the bout as the 8th round began.
1941-03-05Danny Hassett38-12-4
Uline Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWKO515
time: 0:35 | referee: Ray Bowen
1941-02-27Ira Hughes10-9-4
Clarksburg, West Virginia, USAWTKO410
referee: C.C. Gosney
1940-11-29Lee Savold54-20-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1212
referee: Arthur Donovan
The official scoring was 8-3-1, 10-2, and 10-2, all in favor of Conn.
1940-10-18Al McCoy68-15-5
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
referee: Eddie Bradley
1940-09-06Bob Pastor40-5-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO1315
time: 2:54 | referee: Billy Cavanaugh
Pastor was counted out after taking a left hook to the body. He was also knocked down for a 7-count at the bell in the 9th and for a 9-count in round 12.
1940-06-05Gus Lesnevich45-5-5
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1515
National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
"Before the fight Conn said that if he won he would quit the 175-pound class to campaign among the heavyweights, aiming for a shot at Champion Joe Louis." New York Times The official scorecards were 8-5-2, 6-3-6, and 7-6-2, all in favor of Conn.
1940-01-10Henry Cooper29-19-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1212
referee: Arthur Donovan
"Conn was able to do with his rival just bout what he pleased". He won every round except the 6th. (New York Times)
1939-11-17Gus Lesnevich44-4-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Johnny McAvoy 8-5 | judge: Marty Monroe 10-5 | judge: Joe Lynch 9-6
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
Attendance: 13,704; Gate: $45,067
1939-09-25Melio Bettina46-7-2
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1515
referee: Red Robinson | judge: Johnny Fundy | judge: Chick Rodgers
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
1939-08-14Gus Dorazio39-7-1
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO810
time: 1:52 | referee: Leo Houck
Conn was "far ahead on points" over Dorazio, who "half-blind from a cut over the left eye, was all but hanging on" when the fight was stopped. (New York Times)
1939-07-13Melio Bettina45-6-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Frank Fullam | judge: Marty Monroe | judge: George LeCron
vacant National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
The official scorecards were 10-5, 8-7, and 9-6, all in favor of Conn. Attendance: 15,295; Gross receipts: $50,869.11
1939-05-12Solly Krieger75-17-6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1212
1939-02-10Fred Apostoli34-4-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Frank Fullam 8-7 | judge: Joe Lynch 9-6 | judge: George LeCron 9-6
1939-01-06Fred Apostoli34-3-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Billy Cavanaugh 5-2 | judge: George LeCron 6-4 | judge: Bill Healy 5-4
1938-11-28Solly Krieger71-16-5
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1212
Conn clearly won this rematch with Krieger.
1938-10-27Honey Boy Jones34-14-1
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
referee: Freddie Mastrean | judge: George Kutzbauer | judge: Karl Kohen
1938-09-14Ray Actis32-8-5
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO810
time: 2:31 | referee: Joe Gorman
Conn was knocked down in the 3rd round by a left hook.
1938-07-25Teddy Yarosz91-9-2
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALUD1212
referee: Freddie Mastrean
1938-05-10Erich Seelig38-8-4
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWMD1010
referee: Red Robinson
1938-04-04Domenico Ceccarelli24-19-9
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
judge: Willie Davies | judge: Karl Kohen
Ceccarelli was down in rounds one and nine.
1938-01-24Honey Boy Jones31-13-1
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1212
A hard-fought affair, won decisively by Conn.
1937-12-16Solly Krieger61-14-5
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALUD1212
referee: Freddie Mastrean | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams | judge: George MacBeth
Conn was floored for an 8-count in the eighth round. Krieger won decisively.
1937-11-08Young Corbett III113-10-22
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Freddie Mastrean | judge: George MacBeth | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams
This was a good fight, won clearly by Conn.
1937-09-30Teddy Yarosz88-5-2
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWSD1515
referee: Freddie Mastrean | judge: Karl Kohen | judge: George Kutzbauer
Results from the Pittsburgh Press. Conn staged a dramatic rally in the last three rounds to win the decision. The decision was very unpopular; most of the spectators thought that Yarosz had the edge on rounds won, on which basis the fight was judged. The official verdicts were 8-6-1 and 8-7 for Conn and 9-4-2 (Mastrean) for Yarosz. Regis Welsh of the Pittsburgh Press scored it 8-5-2 for Yarosz.
1937-08-13Young Corbett III112-10-22
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Jack Downey
A left to the jaw floored Conn for a three-count in round two.
1937-08-03Ralph Chong46-37-4
Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWTKO610
The Youngstown Vindicator reported that Chong, having sustained a badly cut right eye, failed to answer the bell for round 6.
1937-06-30Teddy Yarosz88-4-2
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWSD1212
referee: Al Grayber 5-3 | judge: George MacBeth 3-8 | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams 6-4
1937-05-27Oscar Rankins34-25-4
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWSD1010
referee: Red Robinson | judge: George MacBeth | judge: George Kutzbauer
Robinson & Kutzbauer for Conn - McBeth for Rankin; Conn took a nine-count in round two and apologised to his manager Johnny Ray in the dressing room for getting KOd, Ray surprised replied "not to worry you won the fight on points".
1937-05-03Vince Dundee117-17-14
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Al Grayber | judge: Willie Davies | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams
Conn won a close, tough battle.
1937-03-11Babe Risko63-17-10
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
Conn was reported to have boxed brilliantly in defeating Risko.
1936-12-28Fritzie Zivic48-16-4
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWSD1010
referee: Al Grayber 4-5 | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams 6-3 | judge: George MacBeth 5-4
1936-12-02Jimmy Brown32-9-2
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO910
referee: Freddie Mastrean
1936-10-22Ralph Chong46-28-3
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD88
1936-10-19Charley Weise13-24-5
Islam Grotto, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Red Robinson | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams | judge: George Kutzbauer
1936-09-21Roscoe Manning25-13-5
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO510
referee: Red Robinson
Manning was stopped on a cut left eye.
1936-09-08Honey Boy Jones21-11-0
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWSD1010
referee: Red Robinson | judge: Primo Columbus | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams
This was a rousing battle according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
1936-08-10Teddy Movan13-3-3
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWUD88
referee: Red Robinson | judge: George Kutzbauer | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams
1936-07-30Teddy Movan13-2-3
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD88
This was a tough battle and a close Conn win.
1936-06-15General Burrows11-6-0
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWUD88
referee: Jess Willard | judge: Karl Kohen | judge: Primo Columbus
1936-06-03Honey Boy Jones17-10-0
Greenlee Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
Conn decisively won his second fight with Jones.
1936-05-27Honey Boy Jones17-9-0
Greenlee Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD88
referee: Buck McTiernan | judge: Karl Kohen | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams
1936-05-19Dick Ambrose5-11-1
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWSD66
referee: Al Grayber | judge: George MacBeth | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams
1936-04-27General Burrows11-5-0
Moose Lodge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS66
referee: Red Robinson
Conn looked great in this fight and got his first recognition as an outstanding prospect.
1936-04-13Steve Nickleash2-6-1
Moose Lodge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD66
referee: Red Robinson | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams | judge: George Kutzbauer
Conn scored two knockdowns in the fourth round.
1936-03-16Steve Nickleash2-5-1
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD66
referee: Al Grayber
1936-02-17Louis Cook14-11-5
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD88
referee: Ernie Sesto | judge: Primo Columbus | judge: George Kutzbauer
Conn was down in round one but came back to win a sizzling fight.
1936-02-03Louis Cook14-10-5
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD66
referee: Joe Orisini | judge: Primo Columbus | judge: Karl Kohen
This was reported to have been a close slugfest.
1936-01-27Johnny Yurcini1-4-0
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO46
referee: Buck McTiernan
1935-11-18Steve Walters3-0-0
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS66
1935-10-14Teddy Movan8-1-2
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADPTS66
referee: Al Grayber | judge: Primo Columbus | judge: George MacBeth
1935-10-07Johnny Yurcini1-3-0
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS66
1935-09-10Johnny Yurcini1-1-0
Washington, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS66
1935-09-09George Liggins0-2-0
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD44
referee: Joe Orisini | judge: Primo Columbus | judge: Karl Kohen
1935-08-19Teddy Movan7-1-2
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USALSD44
referee: Buck McTiernan | judge: Primo Columbus | judge: George MacBeth
1935-07-29Ray Eberle4-6-3
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWUD55
1935-07-09Teddy Movan6-0-2
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USALPTS44
referee: Buck McTiernan
1935-06-10Ralph Gizzy2-6-2
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USALPTS66
1935-06-03Ray Eberle3-5-3
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWSD66
referee: Joe Zivic | judge: Stanley Phillips | judge: Primo Columbus
1935-04-25Ralph Gizzy1-5-2
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALUD44
referee: Joe Orisini
1935-04-08George Schlee1-8-0
Moose Lodge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO26
time: 1:30 | referee: Red Robinson | judge: Stanley Phillips | judge: Karl Kohen
1935-03-13Stanley Nagy1-0-0
Wheeling, West Virginia, USAWPTS44
1935-02-25Ray Eberle2-4-3
Moose Lodge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALPTS66
1935-01-29Johnny Birek5-11-2
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS66
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, this was a "hot" fight.
1934-11-12Pete Leone1-2-0
Wheeling, West Virginia, USALRTD36
Results from the Wheeling Register: "Conn, without any apparent reason, refused to answer the bell for the fourth round." In an interview years later Conn explained that he had eaten a huge meal beforehand, which made him sick during the fight.
1934-09-27Paddy Gray1-4-1
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS44
1934-08-30Bob Dorman2-0-0
Parkersburg, West Virginia, USAWPTS66
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