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Rocky Marciano

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  • Nickname: The Brockton Blockbuster
  • Date of Birth: 1st September 1923
  • Died: 31st August 1969 (45 years old)
  • Career length: 8 years 6 months
  • Status: Deceased
  • Nationality: USA Flag USA
  • Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts, USA Flag Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
  • Residence: Brockton, Massachusetts, USA Flag Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
  • Division: Heavyweight
  • Height: 179cm
  • Reach: 173cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Rocky Marciano
  • Debut: 17th March 1947

Biography

Rocky Marciano was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers ever. Born Rocco Francis Marchegiano on September 1, 1923, in Brockton, Massachusetts, to Italian immigrant parents, Marciano's journey to boxing greatness was a testament to his incredible work ethic, determination, and punching power.

Marciano's early life was marked by financial hardship and his passion for sports. He worked various odd jobs and even had a brief stint in baseball before discovering his true calling in boxing. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Marciano began his amateur boxing career, amassing an impressive record of 8-4 before turning professional in 1947.

As a professional boxer, Marciano quickly made a name for himself with his relentless fighting style and devastating punching power. He won his first 16 fights by knockout, with none going past the fifth round. In 1952, Marciano got his shot at the world heavyweight title against the legendary Jersey Joe Walcott. Despite being knocked down in the first round, Marciano rallied to knock out Walcott in the 13th round, becoming the new world heavyweight champion.

Marciano defended his title six times, including memorable bouts against Roland La Starza, Ezzard Charles, and Archie Moore. His two fights against Charles in 1954 were particularly notable, as he became the only man to last 15 rounds against Marciano.

On April 27, 1956, at 32, Marciano announced his retirement from boxing, becoming the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated. His final record stood at an astonishing 49-0, with 43 wins by knockout. Marciano's 87.76% knockout percentage remains one of the highest in heavyweight history.

After retiring from boxing, Marciano ventured into television and business. He hosted a weekly boxing show, appeared in the TV series Combat!, and even briefly worked as a referee in professional wrestling. Tragically, on August 31, 1969, just one day before his 46th birthday, Marciano died in a plane crash in Newton, Iowa.

Rocky Marciano's legacy in the world of boxing is undeniable. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame, and boxing enthusiasts worldwide continue to celebrate his undefeated record and high knockout percentage. Marciano was known for his humility, work ethic, devotion to his family, and Catholic faith.

Several statues have been erected in his honour, including a bronze statue in his hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts, and another in Ripa Teatina, Italy, his father's birthplace. Marciano's impact on boxing and his status as a cultural icon inspire generations of fighters and fans alike.

In the annals of boxing history, Rocky Marciano's name will forever be synonymous with excellence, determination, and the pursuit of greatness. His undefeated record and legendary punching power have solidified his place among the greatest heavyweight champions of all time, and his legacy continues to shine as a beacon of inspiration for all who dare to dream big and fight for their goals.