Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn (2nd meeting)

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1946-06-19 : Billy Conn 182 lbs lost to Joe Louis 207 lbs by KO at 2:19 in round 8 of 15


Notes

  • Louis vs. Conn II was the first world heavyweight title fight broadcast on television. It was shown on NBC.
  • Louis was a 3½ to 1 favorite.
  • There was a crowd of 45,266, and the gross gate was $1,925,504.
  • Louis made $577,700, and Conn got $289,000.
  • Before the fight, Louis said, "He can run, but he can't hide."
  • Referee Eddie Joseph officiated both Louis-Conn fights.
  • Unlike the first fight, which was one of the greatest title fights ever, the rematch was dull. Conn moved and boxed, while Louis pursued. In the eighth round, Louis staggered Conn with a right cross. He followed up with a right uppercut and a left hook that put Conn down for the count.
  • Conn, very disappointed by his performance, announced his retirement after the fight, but he soon changed his mind. In September 1946, Conn said he wanted a third fight with Louis and would give his purse to charity. Conn fought two more times. He scored two knockout victories in November 1948 and then retired for good.
  • Conn's performance against Louis was named "Flop of the Year" in the Associated Press' annual year-end poll. Boston Red Sox baseball player Ted Williams was in second place due to his weak hitting against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, and The Red Sox and the New York Yankees tied for third.

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