Rocco Francis Marchegiano, best known as Rocky Marciano, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956. He is the only heavyweight champion to have finished his career undefeated. His six title defenses were against Jersey Joe Walcott, Roland La Starza, Ezzard Charles, Don Cockell and Archie Moore. Known for his relentless fighting style, formidable punching power, stamina, and exceptionally durable chin, Marciano has been included by boxing historians in lists of the greatest boxers of all time, and is currently ranked by BoxRec as the fifth greatest heavyweight boxer in history. His knockout-to-win percentage of 87.76% remains one of the highest in heavyweight boxing history.
|Real name:||Rocco Francis Marchegiano|
|Nickname(s):||The Brockton Blockbuster, The Rock from Brockton|
|Born:||September 1, 1923, Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Died:||August 31, 1969, Newton, Iowa, U.S.|
|Wins by KO:||43|
|IMDb:||Rocky Marciano’s IMDb|
About Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight boxing champion who compiled a career record of 49-0-0. He was known as the Brockton Blockbuster and successfully defended his title in six matches.
He suffered from pneumonia when he was just 18 months old and nearly died from it. His first professional fight came in 1947.
His name and boxing style inspired the film series Rocky, which starred Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa. He worked in television after retiring in 1955.
Met his wife-to-be Barbara in 1947 while he was a ditch digger for a gas company. They married in 1950 and had two children.
He defeated Joe Louis on October 26, 1951, the last fight of Louis’s career.
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- 1969 Newton Cessna 172 crash – On August 31, 1969, a Cessna 172 crashed in Newton, Iowa, killing world heavyweight champion boxer Rocky Marciano and two others.
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