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Rocky Marciano vs. Phil Muscato

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1949-12-19 : Rocky Marciano 183 lbs beat Phil Muscato 180 lbs by TKO at 1:15 in round 5 of 10

  • Location: Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  • Referee: Sharkey Buonanno

Marciano gave "a terrific display of punching power," yet Muscato fought back almost to the end, landed many hard punches, and was dangerous into the fourth round. Marciano staggered Muscato in the first round and dropped him twice, for an 8-count and a 9-count in round two. Phil suffered two knockdowns in the third, and dropped from sheer exhaustion at the end of the round. Marciano scored three more knockdowns in the fourth, and Phil was down again in the fifth. After the last knockdown, he was more wobbly than ever and the referee stopped it. Muscato received a great round of applause for his courage. The attendance was 8,775 and the gross gate was $12,911.

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