Boxer Rocky Marciano - a truly unique fighter. This athlete managed to conduct 49 fights in the ring without a single defeat. Having won the title, he carried out his successful defense six times before retiring from the sport. What else is known for boxer Marciano Rocky? A biography with a photo of this famous athlete will be considered further.
Marciano Rocchi was born on September 1, 1923 in Brockton, USA. His parents were Italian immigrants who at one time immigrated to America.
Initially, the growing up Rocco was seriously interested in playing baseball. The trainers considered him an excellent, promising pitcher. However, after the injury Marciano had to tie with baseball.
Rocco's acquaintances noted that in his childhood he was seriously ahead of his peers in physical development. Perhaps the reason was that the future athlete had to take on the hardest job, because his family lived rather poorly. To save himself and his family from starvation, young Marciano had to wash dishes in bars, clean snow on the streets, lay gas pipes, and work as a digger.
How did the boxer Rocky Marciano start? Biography as an athlete starts with service in the army. In 1943, Rocky got on the fleet. Soon he was sent to serve in Britain.
Once, Marciano went ashore and decided to go to the local bars. In one of them there was an unpleasant skirmish, in which Rocco had thoroughly beaten the local bully. Without hesitation, the owner of the institution invited the guy to participate in the weekly fisticuffs that were held in the bar. In this unusual way, Marciano Rocco began to develop his abilities. It was during the underground fights that the young fighter learned his famous low stance, which he had not been used in boxing before.
Boxer Rocky Marciano, whose photo can be seen in this article, was 180 cm tall with a weight of 86 kg. Such an unusual body complex allowed him to create problems for more stalwart fighters. During fights, he tilted the body of the body so low that the opponents simply could not aim to get into it.
During his participation in the underground battles of Marciano, Rocchi learned to turn his own shortcomings into strong qualities. The young boxer realized that to improve the chances of winning it is better to avoid striking from a long distance. Therefore, Rocco began to train short strokes. Over time, he so sharpened this element of technology, that he became simply murderous. In the ring, Marciano resembled an angry bulldog who circled around the enemy, caving in and causing shattering short pokes from below.
The first serious opponent for Marciano in the professional ring was Ronald Lastarca. The battle took place in 1950. According to the results of the 15-round fight, in which Lastarca clearly dominated, the judges gave Rocky a preference. In fact, the verdict seemed rather controversial. However, it was thanks to this incident that Marciano subsequently managed to keep his own track record "dry".
In 1951, after a series of meetings with little-known boxers, sports agents, Rocky managed to organize a meeting with the legendary Joe Louis, who at that time was no longer in the best shape, in view of his venerable age. The young and energetic Marciano managed not only to win a fairly quick victory in 8 rounds, but also to knock out the former champion.
In 1952, Rocky fought against the current heavyweight champion Joe Walcott. In this meeting, Marciano had to go down for the first time in a professional ring. However, the young boxer quickly came to consciousness and knocked out the champion in the 13th round. For an unprecedented heat of passion and the decline of the scales in various directions, the duel was called the "fight of the year".
In 1955, a battle took place between two champions in the heavyweight division - Marciano and Archie Moore. Rocky managed to win a difficult meeting, knocking out the opponent in the 9th round. As it turned out, this was Marciano's last fight. Due to constant problems with his back, the boxer decided to quit for a while with fights, but never returned to the ring.
Character and way of life
Contemporaries Marciano Rocchi note his some detachment from active social life. The Boxer stood out with his restraint. He led a half-ascetic life. This has repeatedly been the subject of caustic jokes from the coarse sparring partners and opponents.
From a young age, Rocky was an ardent opponent of alcohol and tobacco. Friends repeatedly secretly poured into his glass with the juice of whiskey. However, the reaction to this has always been a grimace of disgust.
Throughout his professional career, Marciano's thoughts were completely absorbed in sports. The boxer possessed the Spartan will, which was most clearly manifested during fights. The witnesses of the battles were convinced that for the sake of winning, Rocky was ready to sacrifice not only his own health, but also his life.
Despite the desperate behavior and manifestation of anger in the ring, in ordinary life Marciano was a sympathetic and sincere person. Specific examples speak about this. So, after the fight against Vingi Carmino, which Rocky won the hardest knockout, the champion stayed in the hospital ward for two days with a defeated opponent who could not regain consciousness. Subsequently, Marciano decided to leave all the fees that he received for the victory in the duel, the enemy.
The reasons for the completion of a career
According to one source of information, Marciano completed his professional career at the request of his relatives, in particular his wife and mother. His family did not want to look at how Rocky was suffering from serious beatings and regular injuries. According to other data, the champion stopped participating in battles, having received a serious back injury. It is likely there were both reasons. In the end, Rocky Marciano officially announced the completion of the professional career of the boxer in 1956, and remained undefeated.
After finally parting with great sport, Rocky Marciano became a fairly successful businessman. But this is not surprising, because by that time on his bank account was about 4 million dollars, earned by hard work in the ring. However, fate did not spare Rocky in a new life for him. In 1969, the personal plane of the athlete crashed near the small American town of Newton. It is noteworthy that the tragedy happened a day before the celebration of the 46th birthday of the former champion.