1954-06-17 Rocky Marciano w pts 15 Ezzard Charles, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1954-06-17 Rocky Marciano w pts 15 Ezzard Charles, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ruby Goldstein. Scorecards: 8-5, 9-5, 8-6. Putting on a great display of pure guts, Charles (185½) became to first man to take the champion the distance over 15 rounds. After winning three of the opening four rounds, Charles began to come under more and more pressure as Marciano (187½), cut over the left eye, began to find the range and he was badly rocked in the sixth. Boxing calmly, Charles came back well to take the eighth, but in the ninth after Marciano had crashed home several tremendous punches the challenger’s right eye began to swell badly. By the 12th, after being punched all over, Charles started to stand his ground more and following some fierce exchanges right through to the final bell he managed to remain upright. Both men needed medical attention after the fight, Marciano having ten stitches inserted over his left eye.