Rocky Marciano vs. Lee Epperson
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.