Wednesday, April 27, 2016

On This Day: Rocky Marciano Retires As Undefeated Heavyweight Champion

By Peter Silkov

60 years ago today, on April 27, 1956, Rocky Marciano announced his retirement from boxing, while still the undefeated Heavyweight Champion of the World.  Marciano had been champion since September 23, 1952, when he knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round, in one of the most violent, and exciting fights ever waged for the World heavyweight title.  The ’Rock’ had defended his championship 6 times, with each fight being an exciting, and often, brutal brawl.  When he retired many were skeptical about him resisting the lure of a comeback, like so many before him, but Marciano did resist, and he remains the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated, and stay retired.

 "I don't want to be remembered as a beaten champion" -Rocky Marciano

While there may have been other heavyweight champions that were more talented, none ever had a bigger heart than Marciano, whose sheer will to win could border on the frightening at times. He was a jovial, easygoing man outside of the ring, but inside it he was a merciless wreaking machine.  His career should be an inspiration to every short guy who wants to live tall.  Marciano showed that with courage, willpower, and dedication, you can succeed in life, and upset all the doubters.

Today, 60 years after he retired, The Boxing Glove salutes Rocky Marciano.

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