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Celebrating the Centenary of Rocky Marciano: The Eternal Heavyweight Champion

Isaac Guerra

On September 1, 1923, in the vibrant city of Brockton, Massachusetts, an iconic boxer who would become a legend was born: Rocco Francis Marchegiano, known worldwide as Rocky Marciano. Today, on what would have been his hundredth birthday, we pay tribute to this ring titan whose legacy continues to shine in the sports firmament.

Marciano, who held imposing nicknames like «The Brockton Blockbuster,» «The Rock From Brockton,» and simply «The Rock,» proved to be a true standout. His career in the heavyweight division was a whirlwind of victories, leaving behind an impeccable record: 49 fights won, of which 43 ended by knockout, without a single defeat.

The most astonishing feat of all is that he retired from the squared circle without ever tasting the bitterness of defeat, solidifying himself as the only undefeated World Heavyweight Champion in the history of boxing. This flawless legacy wasn’t limited to the professional realm; while serving in the army from 1944 to 1946, Rocky continued his winning streak, adding more victories to his historic record.

With an impressive knockout rate that reached 87.76% of his fights, Marciano was not just a winner but a destroyer in the ring. His reign as the World Heavyweight Champion spanned from September 23, 1952, when he snatched the title from Jersey Joe Walcott, to November 30, 1956, when he announced his retirement at the venerable age of almost 33.

Rocky Marciano’s transcendence in boxing is undeniable. He is considered one of the top 10 heavyweights in the history of this noble sport and has left an indelible mark on the memories of fans worldwide. Despite his retirement, his legacy lives on, and his name continues to inspire generations to come.

In a special touch, the World Boxing Council has remembered and celebrated Rocky Marciano on its website, paying tribute to this eternal champion who remains a beacon of inspiration for all who love boxing.

While his physical presence may no longer be with us, his indomitable spirit and unwavering determination continue to resonate in every corner of the boxing world. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, we raise an imaginary glove in honor of Rocky Marciano, the eternal champion who remains an immortal legend in the world of boxing. 🥊🌟 #RockyMarciano100 #BoxingLegend #WorldBoxingCouncil