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Old 03-14-2013, 07:07 AM   #41
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Default Re: Billy Conn versus Joe Calzaghe

1 point I'd like to bring up in Louis' defence when he was fighting Conn is that it was Joes's 7th fight in 7 months and I just wonder if he may have been starting to run out of steam, as the early stoppages did come towards the earlier stage of the bum of the month. I know Louis wasn't exactly fighting bums, but most weren't better than fringe contenders, which leaves me to believe Joe may not have been at his sharpest for Conn and it certainly wasn't a 'prime' Louis that night as someone suggested earlier in the thread.

Calzaghe's easily got the stamina to go the full 15 throwing close to 100 punches each round, has very quick hands and feet, and does pack a fair bit of power in punches. Also note Calzaghe, despite being a few inches shorter, still has the reach advantage on Conn, Joe doesn't tend to use his reach to the best of his advantages for the most part, but his mid range punches will find home more often than not. Conn may be able to outmanoeuvre Joe, but not to the extent he did to Louis, and winning a decision is always going to be a tough task with the volume of punches Joe is going to throw.

I'll give a slight edge to Conn here, but it could go either way. Calzaghe would give a very good showing of himself in this fight.
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