1952-09-23 Rocky Marciano w co 13 (15) Jersey Joe Walcott, Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - WORLD
1952-09-23 Rocky Marciano w co 13 (15) Jersey Joe Walcott, Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - WORLD. Referee: Charley Daggert. For the best part of 12 rounds, the champion, boxing a cagey fight, kept the younger Marciano (184) chasing shadows after dropping him for ‘four’ with a solid left hook in the opening session. Standing up to Marciano and countering well, Walcott (196) continued to pick up points despite being cut badly over the left eye in the sixth. Riding the punches well, by the ninth Walcott was landing the heavier shots and in the 11th he almost dropped Marciano, now cut over both eyes, with a terrific left hook. Boxing more defensively in the 12th, Walcott was still landing the better punches, but 43 seconds into the 13th he was counted out after momentarily dropping his guard and taking a tremendous right to the chin. Prior to that, Walcott looked well capable of going the full distance and following the contest he relished the opportunity that the return clause would bring, hoping for a February or early March meet in 1953. Meanwhile, Al Weill, Marciano’s manager, was holding out for a June date in New York. All the wrangling ended at the end of February when, after six weeks of negotiations, the International Boxing Club announced that the fight would take place at the Chicago Stadium on 10 April. Unfortunately, a few days before the fight was due to take place Marciano suffered a series of heavy nose bleeds which caused a postponement until 15 May.