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 Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano

Original Name Rocco Marchegiano
Birth
Brockton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 31 Aug 1969 (aged 45)
Newton, Jasper County, Iowa, USA
Burial Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA
Plot Section AA, bottom row, 4th to the right, behind statue of woman in large water pool.
Memorial ID 667 · View Source
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Professional Boxer. Heavyweight Champion of the World 1952-1956. One of History's greatest fighters, 'The Brockton Blockbuster' was born in Brockton Massachusetts in 1923 and won the Golden Gloves title as an amateur. Marciano fought low and out of a crouch, and although he was much shorter than his opponents he had fervent desire and a devastating right hand. He turned pro in 1947 and progressed steadily through the ranks defeating the likes of Roland Lastarza, Don Mogard, Ted Lowry and Joe Louis. In 1952 he challenged Jersey Joe Walcott for the Heavyweight Championship. The slick veteran Walcott knocked down Marciano in the first round and gave him a sustained beating for 12 rounds. In the 13th round, Marciano closed in on Walcott and uncorked a devastating right hand which put Walcott down for the count. As Champion he fought Don Cockell, a rematch with Lastarza, and Archie Moore. In an epic battle with Ezzard Charles, Marcianos nose was horribly split and was given 'one more round' by the referee to close matters. Marciano showing true grit did just that knocking out Charles in the 9th round. Marciano then retired in 1956 with a record of 49-0 with 43 KO's. He is the only Heavyweight Champion in history to retire undefeated. In 1969, Marciano boarded a single engine Cessna in Chicago for a flight to Des Moines, Iowa. Marciano wanted to get back to Fort Lauderdale to celebrate his 46th birthday. Shortly before landing, the plane crashed into a cornfield in Newton, Iowa. Marciano, his friend Frank Farrell, and the pilot Glenn Belz were all killed instantly. In 1990, 21 years after his death, Marciano was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 667
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rocky Marciano (1 Sep 1923–31 Aug 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 667, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Central, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .