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Rocky Marciano

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100 Greatest Pound for Pound Boxers Of All Time: 14. Rocky Marciano

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14. Rocky Marciano

Division: Heavyweight (200+)

Record: 49-0-0

Years Active: 1947-1955

There is a large subset of boxing fans (albeit mostly Italian-Americans) who will tell you Rocky Marciano is the greatest boxing champion ever. Most boxing experts wouldn’t say that about “The Rock from Brockton,” but he certainly deserves a spot among the greatest ever.

A three-time Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year, Marciano held the world heavyweight title for four years before retiring and knocked out 88 percent of his opponents. He is the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated and the greatest undefeated fighter in boxing history.

His wins over Archie Moore, Ezzard Charles (twice) and Jersey Joe Walcott (twice) established his credibility as a champion, although some questioned how much these opponents had left when he faced them.

Nonetheless, the partial inspiration for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky had an extraordinary run and knew when to call it quits. Blessed with an iron chin, unconventional style and amazing heart and power, he wasn’t the greatest ever but certainly has a well-admired place in history.

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Rocky Marciano Boxing Record

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Rocky Marciano

Wins: 49

Loss: 0

Knockouts: 43

1947
Mar 17 — Lee Epperson, Holyoke, MA — KO 3

1948
Jul 12 — Harry Balzerian, Providence, RI — KO 1
Jul 19 — John Edwards, Providence, RI — KO 1
Aug 9 — Bobby Quinn, Providence, RI — KO 3
Aug 23 — Eddie Ross, Providence, RI — KO 1
Aug 30 — Jimmy Weeks, Providence, RI — KO 1
Sep 13 — Jerry Jackson, Providence, RI — KO 1
Sep 20 — Bill Hardeman, Providence, RI — KO 1
Sep 30 — Gil Cardione, Washington, DC — KO 1
Oct 4 — Bob Jefferson, Providence, RI — KO 2
Nov 29 — Patrick Connolly, Providence, RI — KO 1
Dec 14 — Gilley Ferron, Philadelphia, PA — KO 2

1949
Mar 21 — Johnny Pretzie, Providence, RI — KO 5
Mar 28 — Artie Donator, Providence, RI — KO 1
Apr 11 — James Walls, Providence, RI — KO 3
May 2 — Jimmy Evans, Providence, RI — KO 3
May 23 — Don Mogard, Providence, RI — W 10
Jul 18 — Harry Haft, Providence, RI — KO 3
Aug 16 — Pete Louthis, New Bedford, MA — KO 3
Sep 26 — Tommy Giorgio, Providence, RI — KO 4
Oct 10 — Ted Lowry, Providence, RI — W 10
Nov 7 — Joe Domonic, Providence, RI — KO 2
Dec 2 — Pat Richards, New York, NY — KO 2
Dec 19 — Phil Muscato, Providence, RI — KO 5
Dec 30 — Carmine Vingo, New York, NY — KO 6

1950
Mar 24 — Roland LaStarza, New York, NY — W 10
Jun 5 — Eldridge Eatman, New York, NY — KO 3
Jul 10 — Gino Buonvino, Boston, MA — KO 10
Sep 18 — Johnny Shkor, Providence, RI — KO 6
Nov 13 — Ted Lowry, Providence, RI — W 10
Dec 18 — Bill Wilson, Providence, RI — KO 1

1951
Jan 29 — Keene Simmons, Providence, RI — KO 8
Mar 20 — Harold Mitchell, Hartford, CT — KO 2
Mar 26 — Art Henri, Providence, RI — KO 9
Apr 30 — Red Applegate, Providence, RI — W 10
Jul 12 — Rex Layne, New York, NY — KO 6
Aug 27 — Freddie Beshore, Boston, MA — KO 4
Oct 26 — Joe Louis, New York, NY — KO 8

1952
Feb 13 — Lee Savold, Philadelphia, PA — KO 6
Apr 21 — Gino Buonvino, Providence, RI — KO 2
May 12 — Bernie Reynolds, Providence, RI — KO 3
Jul 28 — Harry Matthews, New York, NY — KO 2
Sep 23 — Jersey Joe Walcott, Philadelphia, PA — KO 13
(Won World Heavyweight Title)

1953
May 15 — Jersey Joe Walcott, Chicago, IL — KO 1
(Retained World Heavyweight Title)
Sep 24 — Roland LaStarza, New York, NY — KO 11
(Retained World Heavyweight Title)

1954
Jun 19 — Ezzard Charles, New York, NY — W 15
(Retained World Heavyweight Title)
Sep 17 — Ezzard Charles, New York, NY — KO 8
(Retained World Heavyweight Title)

1955
May 16 — Don Cockell, San Francisco, CA — KO 9
(Retained World Heavyweight Title)
Sep 21 — Archie Moore, New York, NY — KO 9
(Retained World Heavyweight Title)

1956
Apr 27 — Announced Retirement

1970
Jan 20 — Muhammad Ali — TKO 8
(movie/computer fight)

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