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Rocky Marciano

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Rocky Marciano (9.1.1923-8.31.1969) was a heavyweight Champion of the World from September 23 1952, to November 30 1956. One of History's greatest fighters, 'The Brockton Blockbuster' was born in Brockton Massachusetts in 1923 and won the Golden Gloves titles as an amateur. His true amateur record is 9-4; 8-4 is wrong! Marciano fought low and out of a crouch and although he was much shorter than his opponents he had fervent desire and a devastating right hand (aka Suzie Q). He turned pro in 1947 and progressed steadily through the ranks defeating the likes of Roland Lastarza, Don Mogard, Ted Lowry and Joe Louis. In 1952, he challenged Jersey Joe Walcott for the Heavyweight Championship. The slick veteran Walcott knocked down Marciano in the first round and gave him a sustained beating for 12 rounds. In the 13th round, Marciano closed in on Walcott and uncorked a devastating right hand in the 13th round which put Walcott down for the count. As Champion he fought Don Cockell, a rematch with Lastarza, and Archie Moore. In an epic battle with Ezzard Charles, Marcianos nose was horribly split and was given 'one more round' by the referee to close matters. Marciano showing true grit did just that, knocking out Charles in the 9th round. Marciano then retired in 1956, with a record of 49-0 with 43 KO's. He was supposed to fight bulky 'Big' Bob Baker on 2.3.56, at Madison Square Garden but unfortunately for the fans & Rocky's legacy the fight never materialized. Bob Baker had excellent records against shorter opponents & had very fast hands. On August 31 1969, Marciano boarded a single engine Cessna in Chicago for a flight to Des Moines, Iowa. Marciano wanted to get back to Fort Lauderdale on September 1 to celebrate his 46th birthday. There was a surprise waiting for him, his son began to walk. Shortly before landing, the plane crashed into a cornfield in Newton, Iowa, hitting a tree. The plane was out of gas. Marciano, his friend Frank Farrell, and the pilot Glenn Belz were all killed instantly. In 1990, Marciano was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Baker vs Marciano on 2.3.56
Bob Baker Boxer, Rocky's opponent that never was, 50th pro fight that almost was!!!
Eddie Nichols
Bob Baker