Boxing History: October 26, 1951 Rocky Marciano KO 8 Joe Louis, NYC. Louis’s final fight.
Scoring at the time of the knockout,
referee: Ruby Goldstein 4-2-1
judge: Joe Agnello 5-2
judge: Harold Barnes 4-3
all for Marciano.
Marciano holds the record with heavyweight Brian Nielsen for the longest undefeated streak by a heavyweight.
UNDEFEATED RECORD: 49-0-0 (43 wins by KO!)
Rocky Marciano (born Rocco Francis Marchegiano; September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969) was an American professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. Marciano is the only champion to hold the heavyweight title and go untied and undefeated throughout his career. Marciano defended his title six times.
Marciano turned professional on March 17, 1947 with a third-round knockout of Lee Epperson. He then returned to the amateurs. On March 1, 1948, at the Golden Gloves All-East Championship Tournament, Marciano was outpointed by Coley Wallace in what would be the last loss of his boxing career. In his last amateur fight, Marciano outpointed George McInnis to win the New England AAU Heavyweight Championship on March 22, 1948.
A 2-ton, 22½-foot fiberglass-and-polyester resin Rocky Marciano statue, was unveiled September 23, 2012 in Brockton, Massachusetts.
A bronze statue of Marciano has been erected in Ripa Teatina, Italy, to celebrate the birthplace of Marciano’s father.
Marciano was The Ring Fighter of the Year for 1952, 1954, and 1955.
Marciano was involved in The Ring Fight of the Year three times. The fights were:
1952 Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott (1st meeting)
1953 Rocky Marciano vs. Roland LaStarza (2nd meeting)
1954 Rocky Marciano vs. Ezzard Charles (2nd meeting)
Marciano was elected to The Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1959, the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1980, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
Marciano was named the fourth greatest heavyweight of all-time by The Ring in 1994.
Marciano was named the seventh greatest puncher of all-time by The Ring in 1997.
Marciano was named the ninth greatest fighter of the 20th century by The Ring in 1999.
Marciano was named the third greatest heavyweight of the 20th century by the Associated Press in 1999.
Rocky Marciano KO 8 Joe Louis, NYC. Louis’ final fight. October 26, 1951
Scoring at the time of the knockout, referee: Ruby Goldstein 4-2-1 | judge: Joe Agnello 5-2 | judge: Harold Barnes 4-3 all for Marciano. — with Keith Deepathanmost Manuel.