Marciano Takes Title September 23, 1952

Fifty Nine years ago today Brockton’s own Rocky Marciano knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in what many fight aficionados call the greatest knockout in history. The twenty eight year old Marciano was a heavy underdog when he entered the ring that night against the more experienced Walcott. After thirteen rounds Walcott was way ahead of Marciano on points. Then it happened. Between the twelfth and thirteenth rounds Marciano’s corner told him his only chance of winning was a knockout. As the thirteenth opened the Brockton Bomber stalked Walcott until he trapped him on the ropes and floored him with one powerful right-hand becoming the Heavy Weight Champion of the World. Four years later Marciano retired as the only undefeated Champion in history.

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