Rocky Marciano vs. Lee Epperson

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1947-03-17 : Rocky Marciano 192 lbs beat Lee Epperson 185 lbs by KO at 0:42 in round 3 of 4

  • Location: Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA

Pro debut for Marciano.

  • Marciano, accompanied by best friend and hanger-on Allie Colombo at ringside, made quick work of the novice Epperson with a fierce barrage of "sloppy and wild haymakers". Despite his initial awkwardness and lack of stance, Marciano compensated with pure power and overwhelmed the young prospect from Holyoake.
  • Marciano earned just $35 for his victory in this fight.
  • Epperson quit boxing following this loss.