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Marciano, Rocky

Born: 1923 AD
Died: 1969 AD
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1923 – He was born this year.


1943 – He was drafted into the army for a term of two years.


1947 – His amateur career was interrupted on March this year, when he stepped into the ring as a professional competitor.



1948 – He had one professional fight (against Lee Epperson) on his record, the night of July 12 this year, marked the time when he began fighting permanently as a professional boxer.



1951 – He won four more by knockout, and, after a win in six over Red Applegate, he was showcased on national TV for the first time, when he knocked out Rex Layne in six rounds on July 12 of this year.



1951 – On October 26, with 37 wins and 32 knockouts under his belt, Marciano faced his most formidable opponent in former heavyweight champion Joe Louis. Louis was past his prime and when Marciano knocked him out in the eighth round, he had such mixed feelings at beating his hero that he cried in Louis’s dressing room after the fight.



1952 – He faced world heavyweight champion Jersey Joe Walcott in Philadelphia on September 23rd this year.



1955 – His last title bout was against Archie Moore on September 21st this year.


1956 – He announced his retirement on April this year.


1959 – He considered a comeback in this year when Ingemar Johansson won the heavyweight championship from Patterson in June this year.


1969 – He died intestate (without a will). He is interred in a crypt at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


In 1971, Ring magazine founder Nat Fleischer named Marciano as the tenth greatest heavyweight champion ever.



1973 – His father died in March this year.


1974 – His wife at the age of 46, his wife is entombed next to him.


1986 – His mother died in January this year.  



1998 – Ring magazine named Marciano as the sixth greatest heavyweight champion ever.


In 2002, Ring Magazine numbered Marciano at #12 on the list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years.

In 2003, Ring Magazine rated Marciano #14 on the list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. In 2005, Marciano was named the fifth greatest heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization. A 1977 ranking by Ring magazine listed Marciano as the greatest Italian-American fighter. In 2007, on ESPN.com’s list of the 50 Greatest Boxers of All Time, Marciano was ranked #14.


1968 – A radio computer simulation by Murry Woroner concluded that Marciano was the greatest heavyweight champion.


















3.7 (73.61%) 97 votes