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The Maul Brawling Slugger
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I've read a lot about Rocky Marciano. As you know... I hope to be a latecomer to Pro Boxing. I hope to get a ****load of Amateur Fights until my belt next year... get super fit... strong... have a powerful punch... and try and make the 2008 Olympic Boxing Team and win a Bronze Medal or a Gold Medal (SILVER DOESN'T COUNT FOR ME... YOU LOSE THE LAST MATCH) in the Middleweight Division. When the Olympics is over... I turn Pro at 23. If I don't make The Olympics... I still hope to turn Pro at 23 in the year 2008. But enough about me... I've read a lot about Rocky Marciano. He didn't box much at all during his teen years. He played Sport. He got into the army. He was in Amateur comps in his early 20s. He turned Pro at... wait for it... 23!:cheeky4:He became Heavyweight Champion and defeated many greats in the boxing world. He was undefeated... UNDEFEATED!!! He died the day before his 46th Birthday in a plane crash which is very sad. A Computer Simulator Test Thingy claimed that if he (in his prime) took on Muhammad Ali (in his prime)... he would win!!! But on top of all of that... most of what I hear about Marciano's in terms of his boxing style... isn't exactly anything special. Boxing critics often said that he was "SLOWER" than most of his opponents. Keep in mind that Rocky was only 5'10".... and he was slower? He also weighed less... during his prime he was between 185-194lbs. Yet... he was strong... real strong... so strong he'd knock out most of his opponents. Every single Rocky Marciano piece of information I've come across have simply referred to him as a "BRAWLER" or a "SLUGGER" or "THE ONE PUNCHER"... hoping for that one big move to knock his opponent down. So although he was undefeated... and considered to be the greatest by some... was Rocky Marciano simply just a brawler/slugger and nothing more? No speed, agility, quickness or Finesse???
 

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Ok, where do I start. I'll start with his record. 49 wins, 0 lost, 0draws, 0 no contests, 0 no decisions, 43 Knock Outs with an 88% KO rating, which is one of the highest in all of boxing history. He was a VERY small heavyweight standing at 5' 10-5'11, weighing in at 178-191. He was a very hard hitter. He could take an excellent punch, he was only knocked down twice in all of his 49 fights. He was first knocked down by Jersey Joe Walcot in their first fight (Marciano KO'd Walcot in the 13th), and against Archie Moore in Marciano's last fight (Marciano KO'd Moore in the 9th). Marciano one of the if not the best sluggers of all time. He originaly wanted to be a football player but was too small, then a MLB base ball player but didn't make it to the cubs (he tried out) so he took up boxing in the Army when he found himself holding tremendous power in both arms (he was right handed). His biggest punch was called "Susie Q" which was his big straight right. Marciano started boxing in 1947 with a 3rd round KO of Lee Eperson. Marciano was born in Brockton, MA, in 1923. Marciano's birth name was Rocco Marchigiano, but was to hard and long to pronounce in boxing so he shortend it to Rocky Marciano. The Brockton Blockbuster was what he was refered to at times. He won the title in 1952 against Jersesy Jow Walcot by a 13th round KO, he had his last fight in 1956 against Archie Moore who was the Lightheavyweight champ at the time, Marciano knocked him out in 9 rounds. Marciano wasn't exactly the fastest guy in the world, but man he could slug it out. He put one of his oppenents in a coma, and put many threw the ropes including Joe Louis, and Roland LaStatza, to name a few. Go to YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. and type in Rocky Marciano and click on the ones that say The Greatest Rocky Marciano which is 3 min 26 seconds long, and a tribute to Rocky Marciano which is 4 min 44 seconds long. Those show a lot of his good moments.
 
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