Sport: Sunday Punch

If it was really Joe Louis' last fight, it was fought like a summary of his ring career. He knocked out Lou Nova with a murderous right, in the sixth round, before 60,000 chilly and disappointed people in New York City's Polo Grounds. They had come, if not to see Joe licked, at least to see a fight between equals. But like 46 men before him, Nova was just a tackling dummy at the finish.

Billy Conn had outboxed the champ for 12 rounds last spring. Nova spent three years in college (at California College of Agriculture) and was serious-minded in a...

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