Rare training footage of boxing legend Rocky Marciano
Although Floyd Mayweather Jr holds an impressive 49-0 record, there’s another boxer in history to his this perfect mark way before ‘Money’ when he decided to call it a career.
One of the inspirations for the hit movie Rocky, the ‘Rock from Brockton’ Rocky Marciano goes down in history as one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time. Known for his brawling and swarming style, he was quite small by today’s heavyweight standards at 5′ 10″, but he defended his ‘The Ring’ and ‘World Heavyweight’ titles a consecutive six times to notch himself an impressive record of 49-0 with 43 of those wins by way of knockout.
In addition, he was named ‘Fighter of the Year’ by Ring Magazine on three occasions with three of his title bouts named ‘Fights of the Year’ between 1952 and 1954 and in 2006 an ESPN poll declared his 1952 KO over Jersey Joe Walcott as the greatest ever.
Unfortunately, the Hall of Famer’s life was cut short in August of 1969. when he was on board a private jet which crashed while trying to land in Iowa due to poor weather conditions. He was 45 years old.
Rest in Peace Rocky.
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 went undefeated in his career and defended the title six times, against Jersey Joe Walcott, Roland La Starza, Ezzard Charles (twice), Don Cockell and Archie Moore.
Known for his relentless fighting style, punching power, stamina and iron chin, Marciano has been ranked by many boxing historians as one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. His knockout-to-win percentage of 87.75 remains one of the highest in heavyweight boxing history. [Source: Wiki]
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