1955-05-16 Rocky Marciano w rsc 9 (15) Don Cockell, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD

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1955-05-16 Rocky Marciano w rsc 9 (15) Don Cockell, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Frankie Brown. Not given much of a chance Cockell (205) proved his critics wrong when putting up a wonderful display of courage in the face of heavy odds. The challenger even took the opening two rounds before Marciano (189) came on strong. Even then Cockell was still fighting back hard. In the sixth, Cockell, now badly cut on the forehead, actually halted Marciano momentarily with a vicious right cross, but by the eighth he was gradually beginning to be ground down before being dropped on the bell. Soon after the start of the ninth, with Marciano on the rampage, Cockell was put down from a battery of punches to head and body. Struggling up at 'nine' Cockell was at the mercy of Marciano, and following another count, of 'five', the referee called it off 59 seconds into the session when the Englishman was all over the place.

After the contest the British press complained about the foul tactics that would have seen Marciano tossed out of a British ring, but as far as Cockell was concerned the fight was in America and he knew what he was letting himself in for.