Rocky Marciano was a heavyweight champion of the world from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. When he retired he became the only heavyweight champion to finish his career undefeated.Marciano holds the record for the longest undefeated streak by a heavyweight and for being the only world heavyweight champion to go undefeated throughout his career.
Marciano began fighting as a professional boxer on July 12, 1948 when he beat Harry Bilizarian. Marciano won his first sixteen fights by knockout, all before the fifth round, and nine before the first round was over.
Marciano vs Joe Louis
Championship fight – Marciano vs Joe Walcott
In Philadelphia on September 23, 1952 Walcott dropped Marciano in the first round and steadily built a points lead; but in the thirteenth, Marciano knocked Walcott unconscious, and became the new world heavyweight champion.
Marciano’s last title bout was against Archie Moore on September 21, 1955 and Marciano was knocked down for a four count in the second round but he recovered, and retained his title by knocking Louis out in round nine.
Marciano announced his retirement on April 27, 1956.
The Superfight: Marciano vs. Ali.
In July 1969, Marciano and Ali participated in the fictional boxing match where the two boxers were filmed sparring, then the film was edited to match a computer simulation of a hypothetical fight between them, each in their prime. It aired on January 20, 1970, with Marciano winning by knockout in round 13 in North American theaters and Ali winning in European theaters.
Photos of Rocky Marciano
Holder of the title : September 23, 1952-April 27, 1956.
Nickname :The Brockton Blockbuster, The Rock from Brockton
Height :5 ft 10½ in (1.79 m)
Reach :67 in (170 cm)
Death date :August 31, 1969(1969-08-31) (aged 45)
Total fights : 49
Wins by KO:43
Highlights from Marciano’s Fights