Sport: Stinking Fight, Huh?

Almost as soon as they touched gloves last week in Yankee Stadium, handsome Billy Conn, grinning hideously through his mouthpiece, moved in close to Joe Louis, muttered "Take it easy . . . we've got 15 rounds to go." By the third round, jeers began in the $30 seats, a half block away. In the $100 zone, Moscow's Andrei Gromyko (guest of Bernard M. Baruch) and Hollywood's Ann Sheridan were perhaps as disgusted, but more polite about it. In seven rounds, hardly a solid blow landed.

It happened in the eighth. Joe Louis closed in. He hit Conn's head with two short,...

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