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Rocky Marciano

Rocco Francis Marchegiano

Rocky Marciano was an american boxer. He is regarded by many as one of the all time greats. He went undefeated in career. He retired as the World Heavyweight Champion.

Rocky Marciano was born on August 31, 1969 in Brockton, Massachusetts. His real name is Rocco Francis Marchegiano. Both of his parents were immigrants from Italy. His father was from Ripa Teatina, Abruzzo, while his mother was from San Bartolomeo in Galdo, Campania. Rocky had two brothers, Peter and Louis and three sisters, Alice, Concetta, and Elizabeth. In March 1943, Marciano was drafted into the United States Army for a term of two years. Stationed in Swansea, Wales, he helped ferry supplies across the English Channel to Normandy. After the war ended, he completed his service in March 1946 at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Rocky Marciano fought 49 professional fights. He won 43 of them with knock outs. His 87 percentage knockouts ranks among the highest. He is known for his stamina in the squared ring. He retired as the undefeated champion of the World.On August 31, 1969, on the eve before his 46th birthday Rocky Marciano died in a plane crash.

Rocky Marciano was the inspiration for the name, iconography, and fighting style of the title character Rocky Balboa from Sylvester Stallone’s American classic Rocky movie series. The character Rocky dreams of becoming like his idol Rocky Marciano and later in the series even gifts his son a valuable possession (a boxing glove necklace made from a cuff link) given to him by his trainer Mickey, who had received it from Marciano.

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