Jersey Joe Walcott vs. Rocky Marciano (1st meeting)

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The knockout blow in round 13

1952-09-23 : Rocky Marciano 184½ lbs beat Jersey Joe Walcott 196½ lbs by KO at 0:43 in round 13 of 15

Notes

  • The fight was shown on closed circuit TV in 50 theaters in 31 cities coast to coast.
  • Marciano was a slight betting favorite.
  • A left hook from Walcott floored Marciano early in the first round. It was the first time in his 43-fight professional career that Marciano had been knocked down. He got up at the count of four.
  • Going into the 13th round, Walcott was ahead on all three official scorecards. Early in the round, Walcott backed up to the ropes and began to launch a right hand, but Marciano beat him to it and put him down for the count with a right to the jaw.
  • The fight was named The Ring Fight of the Year.
  • The 13th round was named The Ring Round of the Year.
  • The fight was named the 16th Greatest Title Fight of All-Time by The Ring in 1996.

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