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Old 07-10-2007, 05:18 PM   #6
Joe E
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Default Re: Billy Conn vs Ezzard Charles

I read that years ago.The Titles were all frozen during the War. I believe Conn and Louis went in the Army in 42 and Charles went in in 43.I also read that this was one reason why Charles did'nt get a shot at Zale for the Middleweight title.What a fight that would have been.Anyway most Pro Atheletes got soft jobs away from the combat.Barney Ross was one who did'nt.Barney voluntered for the Marines and won Medals for bravery in combat.I got no way to prove the story but i believe it is entirely possible that Conn and Charles could have sparred because i think they eventually ran into each other and knew one another if only by reputation.Who knows?
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