More Info on Rocky Marciano
Sept. 23, 1952 -In storybook fashion, Rocky triumphed in Philadelphia. Marciano, that is, not Balboa.
Unbeaten in 42 fights, the 29-year-old Marciano didn't look like a 9-5 favorite when heavyweight champ Jersey Joe Walcott knocked him down with a short left hook in the first round before 40,379 fans at Municipal Stadium. For the first time in his career, Marciano was looking up at his opponent.
The 38-year-old Walcott, a clever boxer, didn't let up, and after 12 rounds he was in total control, ahead by four rounds from one official, three by another and two by the third. Marciano needed a knockout to gain the title. Early in the 13th Marciano, though battered and bloodied, delivered one of the most devastating punches in boxing history, a short right to the side of Walcott's chin.
Walcott sunk to one knee, his left arm hooked around the middle rope, his head resting on the canvas. Jersey Joe was out, the 38th knockout victim of the Brockton Blockbuster, and Marciano was in as heavyweight champ.
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