Asking the group here about Conn as a heavyweight contender. Some fans tend to hold it against Joe Louis that he had difficulty with Conn. Yes Billy Conn was smaller but he was a hell of a fighter. Tremendous quickness, tremendous heart, great boxing skill and he had pretty good left hook. For those guys that know this era... How good was Billy Conn as a heavyweight going into this fight? He had beaten some other heavyweights stopped a few. Do we as fans dismiss Billy the Kid a little too much as a heavyweight? He brought something to the table that night that's all I'm saying. I don't believe Billy just lost because he chose to slug It Out. I believe the Brown Bomber wore down Conn with steady pressure over the course of 13 rounds. It was one of the greatest heavyweight fights of all time.