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, but 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. Right from the start of the ninth it was clear to all that it was just a matter of time and Cockell was soon down from a battery of punches to head and body. Struggling up at ‘nine’ Cockell was at the mercy of Marciano and after getting up from another count, of five this time, the referee called it off after 59 seconds 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 into.     
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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, but 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. Right from the start of the ninth it was clear to all that it was just a matter of time and Cockell was soon down from a battery of punches to head and body. Struggling up at ‘nine’ Cockell was at the mercy of Marciano and after getting up from another count, of five this time, the referee called it off after 59 seconds when the Englishman was all over the place.  
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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 into.     
  
 
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Revision as of 12:03, 9 March 2012

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, but 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. Right from the start of the ninth it was clear to all that it was just a matter of time and Cockell was soon down from a battery of punches to head and body. Struggling up at ‘nine’ Cockell was at the mercy of Marciano and after getting up from another count, of five this time, the referee called it off after 59 seconds 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 into.

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