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Billy Conn
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    (October 8, 1917-May 29, 1993)
    Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Professional boxer and former light-heavyweight champion of world
    Most well known for his fights with heavyweight champion Joe Louis
    Career record: 64-12-1
    During his fight with Joe Louis, he was winning after twelve rounds and decided to go for the knockout. Louis knocked him out in the thirteenth.
    He was a very light puncher, only scoring 15 ko's in his career.
    In his second fight with Louis, he was knocked out in eight rounds after little effort, prompting the Associated Press to dub him 'Flop of the Year.'
    Long after their fight, Conn kidded Louis about their first fight saying, 'Why didn't you let me have the title? I would have given it back after six months.' Louis replied, 'I gave it to you for 12 rounds and you couldn't keep it.'
    His first fight with Louis is considered by many boxing experts/fans to be the greatest fight of all time.
    He had incredibly fast hands and feet.
    Astonishingly, he only weighed 169 pounds for his first fight with Louis, thirty pounds less than the champ. They were both six foot one.
    He had an excellent chin, Joe Louis was the only man to knock him out.
    A story about his fight with Louis, 'The Boxer and the Blond,' appeared in Sports Illustrated in 1985 and is listed as the most popular story ever to appear in the magazine.
    At age 72, he broke up a convenience store robbery by beating up the robber. The robber managed to escape but left behind his coat which contained his identification and was easily tracked down.
    When asked about his decision to slug it out with Louis, he said, 'What's the use of being Irish if you can't be stupid?'

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