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BILLY CONN: LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

BILLY CONN: LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

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Known as “The Pittsburgh Kid,” Conn turned pro at 16 in the lightweight division without any amateur experience. Although he lost seven of his first 20 bouts (including a three-round stoppage in his fifth fight), Conn learned his hard lessons and blossomed into a clever-boxing middleweight by 1936, a year he went unbeaten in 18 bouts (all in Pittsburgh) capped with a decision over Ring-rated (and future welterweight champ/hall of famer) Fritzie Zivic. By 1938 he was ranked by The Ring thanks to victories over future hall of farmers Teddy Yarosz and Young Corbett III.

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