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    Posted on October 6, 2011 by Selby




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    Rocky Marciano Boxing Memorabilia
    Rocky Marciano, is the only undefeated Heavyweight Champion in history he is deservedly regarded as a boxing legend arguably thought of by many as the “best”, when you read his stats below you will understand why!!
    His incredible boxing statistics make awesome reading: Record: 49 Wins, 0 Loss, 43 Knockouts.
    Rocky Marciano Boxing Memorabilia is in short supply and as such would be a welcome addition to a collector’s portfolio.
    Highly sought after boxing collectables would include fight worn attire, autographed boxing gloves, hand signed fight programmes, mono sepia press photos and other associated match related boxing paraphernalia, I have listed items of particular interest to me at the end of this blog.
    A bit about the man himself, Rocky (1923-69) of Italian American origin was born in Massachusetts where he excelled at Baseball, by the age of 15 he was making a name for himself playing centre for Brockton High school. Any Baseball memorabilia from this period would be of great interest to me.
    His boxing interest became evident during his spell in the army at Swansea South Wales, whilst he was stationed in Europe for two years during World War 2.
    On his return to the USA in 1945 he entered several army tournaments but it was not until St Patrick’s Day 1947 that he fought his first professional bout when he defeated Lee Epperson a fancied amateur who was also making his pro debut, in a third round knockout. It is reported that as the crowd deserved at least seven rounds the promoter paid him $35 instead of the agreed $50 (brave man) he soon became known as the Brockton Blockbuster.
    Rocky went on to achieve an incredible record of 49 wins, 0 losses, 43 knockouts.
    He retired from boxing at the age of 31, not wishing to follow in Joe Louis steps, a comeback which he regarded as a mistake.
    After his retirement Rocky attended many promotional events and was pleased to make personal appearances, he often travelled to these venues by private aircraft.
    Rocky Marciano was tragically killed in light aircraft crash in 1969.
    Boxing memorabilia that I would like to include in my collection would be specifically from the six occasions when he defended his title; however any autographed RM material would be of interest especially from the fights listed below:
    Oct 26 1951 v Joe Louis New York KO round 8
    May 16 1955 v Don Cockell in San Francisco KO round 9
    Sep 1955 v Archie Moore New York KO round 9
    Sep 1952 v Joe Walcott Philadelphia
    Written by Tony Selby

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