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"What's the sense of being Irish?"

Updated: June 12, 2002, 10:17 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

June 18, 1941

Billy Conn, the former light-heavyweight champ, gives up 25 pounds to Joe Louis, but he doesn't give up anything else. In front of a crowd of 54,487 at the Polo Grounds -- some of whom paid $25 for a ringside ticket -- Billy is no con man in the ring, but the real deal.

The 174-pound Conn uses his quick jab to outbox the heavyweight champion; he also shows he can punch, especially in the 12th round when he hurts Louis. With three rounds left, Conn is ahead 7-5 and 7-4-1 ...

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