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ROCKY MARCIANO – THE BROCKTON BLOCKBUSTER
Say hello to the world’s only undefeated heavyweight champion, a guy called Rocky Marciano, who defied physical limitations – “He’s too small, too short, too light, too old.” With just a 67-inch reach, two left feet and under six feet tall, tough, hard-hitting Marciano blasted his way to 49 wins, 43 inside the distance. He was impervious to pain: you could knock him down but you couldn’t knock him out.
Marciano KO’d Jersey Joe Walcott in a 1952 thriller to become world champion. Defending his title five times, he brought the million-dollar gate back to boxing in 1955 when he crushed Archie Moore in his final fight.
He then crisscrossed America making public appearances, for cash only. He built a network of friends, businessmen and mob guys who willingly paid his way, fed him, dressed him and flew him around. And that’s how he died, hitching a ride in a plane that crashed in an Iowa cornfield in 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday. His mantra was, “If you want to live a full life, then live dangerously.” Rocky did that, all right!
Unbeaten. Unstoppable. Unbreakable.
Rocky slugged his way through 49 professional fights and nobody ever walked out of the ring a winner over Marciano.
He threw rocks in training and in the ring. He loved fighting and his backers never lost their money, because Rocky never lost a fight
First son of an Italian shoemaker, he almost died as a baby
A failure at baseball, his first love, he turned to boxing and became one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time
They said he’d never make it as a fighter – too short, too awkward, too old. Did they mean too dangerous, too tough, too rough?
In a 49-fight career he won 43 times inside schedule – Mr Knockout!
Defended the heavyweight title six times before retiring undefeated in 1956
As the ex-champ he travelled around America, leaving town with 50 cents in his pocket and coming home with the same 50 cents
Everybody loved him and they paid his way, fed him, dressed him, flew him from here to there and back again
ROCKY MARCIANO – CHAMPION!