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Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in Rematch – This Day June 19, 1946


Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in Rematch – This Day June 19, 1946 and retains the heavyweight crown


  • Billy Conn 182 lbs
  • Joe Louis 207 lbs
  • KO at 2:19 in round 8 of 15
  • Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
  • Referee: Eddie Joseph 2-5
  • Judge: Frank Forbes 1-5
  • Judge: Jack O’Sullivan 1-5
  • World Heavyweight Championship (22nd defense by Louis)



Louis vs. Conn II was the first world heavyweight title fight broadcast on television. It was shown on NBC.

Except for exhibitions, neither Louis nor Conn had fought in more than four years due to their military service during World War II.

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.

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