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JOHNNY CONLON TELLS
WAS KNOCKED OFF
BY JOHNNY COULON
The hardest fight I ever had was in
1907 in my first windup fight. Al
though six years ago, it's as clear as
if it had taken place yesterday.
Before this fight I had appeared
three times "in prelims, and my suc
cess boosted me into faster company.
I was given a chance against- "Kid"
Murphy, one of the best bantams
that ever came out of .the East
Murphy packed the best punch I
evertobk.n knew him to be danger
ous and planned to play safe all the
way. There's nothing in sticking out
your jaw for some fellow to wallop.
Constant hammering on the face
does funny things to you. I don't
take any I can block or dodge.
Early in our fight Murphy copped
me a. terrific smash on top of the
head, and every light in the house
went out. I don't know how I finished
the round. I saw a dozen Murphys in
the next session, but I picked out the
real one, I guess, for in the ninth I
knocked him through the ropes. He
got the decision, though, and the grin
I used to wear came off that night.
I don't say Murphy knocked it off,
but it never returned. v
One of the. first things I learned
was to grin and seem unconcerned.
I got used to it until I'd go into a
fight with mouth spread so wide it
gave me a crick in the ears. The idea
was to act as though the other fellow
couldn't hit me with an ironing board,
but I soon shook these little things.
While trying to remember to laugh
the other fellow is apt to unpack one
and hang it 6nto your jaw.
Boxing is a business and a doggone
tough one, and a grin doesn't fit it.
I also learned to keep my mouth shut,
because it doesn't take, much of a
punch on a loose jaw to put you to.
HOW HIS FAMOUS GRIN
NEVER TO RETURN .
Much of my success in the ring is
due to the early teaching of the late
George Siler. When I started taking
lessons from Siler' I tried to rough it
and he encouraged me.
"You work nicely, kid. Now we'll
begin to box," Siler said, and I got
a bombardment on the nose. I guess
I stopped about 40 punches, and they
did me a lot of good. The left jab
I learned from Siler is today the best
asset I have. '
The hardest decision I ever lost was
in Milwaukee, where an amateur