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Old 10-11-2012, 03:22 AM   #1
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15 Rounds,Who wins and why?
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:39 AM   #2
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gotta go with Gene.....Conn gets it dirty at times and wins some rounds, but when they Box Gene wins...and Conn brawls..well Gene boxes..and mostly wins.

Tunney 11 rd ko
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:01 AM   #3
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I love Billy Conn..A great boxer, tough and combative, but Tunney was a strong,sharper
puncher who would wear down Conn...Tunney was relentless on the attack seldom missing punches...Tunney by decision...
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:08 AM   #4
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At what weight? At HW Tunney is probably too big, but then again Conn is similar to Greb so may have the style to pull out a win
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:29 AM   #5
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This probably has the makings of an excellent boxing match. Two fast moving men with great boxing skill and long term stamina. An interesting chess match to say the least. I will go with the majority and pick Tunney as he is a bit more proven, but what a great fight that would be.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:19 AM   #6
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Two of my all time favs...but Tunney was one of the most intelligent fighters ever...a thinking man's fighter...Tunney wins a UD...
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:26 AM   #7
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Billy Conn was truly a tough guy, I met him in his 70's and was still fit and rugged looking.

I think Billy gives Gene a good fight but Gene the better all-around fighter in every aspect especially losing your cool..... Billy and Gene both were true Irishmen going in for the kill but Gene knew when to get on his bicycle....Tunney close UD
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:26 AM   #8
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Tommy Loughran beats them both!
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:51 AM   #9
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But loses a bad decision because Pittsburgh always out Pennsylvanias Philly!
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:51 PM   #10
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Billy Conn was truly a tough guy, I met him in his 70's and was still fit and rugged looking.

I think Billy gives Gene a good fight but Gene the better all-around fighter in every aspect especially losing your cool..... Billy and Gene both were true Irishmen going in for the kill but Gene knew when to get on his bicycle....Tunney close UD
my dad (who is now passed) meet Billy in the 70s as well...my dad was a photographer, and Billy was at a sporting event in our hometown, which is about 50 miles from Pittsburgh. My dad said Billy was at that point a really good looking guy (no homo, lol) but also much bigger than he expected.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:34 PM   #11
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But loses a bad decision because Pittsburgh always out Pennsylvanias Philly!
Source?!!!!!
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I'd pay to listen to both boys cornermen, the legendary Whitey Bimsteen and the equally fab Johnny Ray
in a pre fight interview on who would emerge victorious and why.
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I'd pay to listen to both boys cornermen, the legendary Whitey Bimsteen and the equally fab Johnny Ray
in a pre fight interview on who would emerge victorious and why.
Johnny Ray should have managed Lew Jenkins. They were both 100% proof.
Incidentallly, Johnny Ray was a stablemate of Harry Greb...
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Johnny Ray should have managed Lew Jenkins. They were both 100% proof.
Incidentallly, Johnny Ray was a stablemate of Harry Greb...
For awhile. The split between Mason and Ray was a bad one and Greb got caught up in the jetwash. Mason used Greb to recruit Johnny Kirk- who was Ray's bitter crosstown rival- into the Mason camp. The result was a riot at ringside:

3/8/1920. From the Pittsburgh Press and Post Gazette: This fight ended in a riot. Kirk and Ray were neighborhood and ethnic rivals. Ray resented it when Kirk tapped him familiarly on the shoulder at the end of round two and took a swing at Kirk. Ray's handlers rushed into the ring and the police had to take over. Referee Louden Campbell stated the next day that he had disqualified Ray.

The Mason and Pitler camps both stormed the ring. According to eyewitness reports, Greb entered and was charged by Ray's stablemate, Jackie Lightining. Lightning took a swing at Harry. That was all he remembered (according to his testimony) when he awoke 20 minutes later.
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Why Roy MCue left Red Mason out of his book "Pittsburgh Characters" I'll never know!
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