Marciano, Rocky

orig. Rocco Francis Marchegiano

born Sept. 1, 1923, Brockton, Mass., U.S.
died Aug. 31, 1969, near Newton, Ia.

U.S. boxer and world heavyweight champion.

Marciano began boxing in the army in World War II. An unscientific but hard-punching and exceptionally durable fighter, he won the championship title in 1952 by defeating Jersey Joe Walcott and relinquished it upon retiring in 1956. He was undefeated in 49 professional fights, scoring 43 knockouts.

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▪ American athlete
byname of  Rocco Francis Marchegiano,  also called  The Brockton Blockbuster 
born Sept. 1, 1923, Brockton, Mass., U.S.
died Aug. 31, 1969, near Newton, Iowa
 world heavyweight boxing champion from Sept. 23, 1952, when he knocked out champion Jersey Joe Walcott (Walcott, Jersey Joe) in 13 rounds in Philadelphia, to April 27, 1956, when he retired from the ring. Marciano was undefeated in 49 professional fights, scoring 43 knockouts. Among his victims were two former heavyweight champions other than Walcott: Joe Louis (Louis, Joe) and Ezzard Charles (Charles, Ezzard).

 First interested in a professional baseball career, Marciano began to box while in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had his first professional fight on March 17, 1947. Knockouts of Rex Layne, Louis, Lee Savold, and Harry (Kid) Matthews earned him a chance to win the championship. Marciano, knocked down by Walcott in the first round, was behind on points when, in the 13th round, he knocked the champion unconscious with a single punch.

      At age 32, Marciano retired after defending the championship six times. An unscientific but hard-punching and exceptionally durable fighter, he completely dominated the heavyweight division. He was killed in an airplane crash.

Additional Reading
Everett M. Skehan, Rocky Marciano (1977), was written with the help of family members.

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Universalium. 2010.

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