Tony Zale vs. Rocky Graziano (1st meeting)

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1946-09-27 : Rocky Graziano 154 lbs lost to Tony Zale 160 lbs by KO in round 6 of 15

World Middleweight Title

Graziano was down for a 5-count in the first round. Zale was on the floor at the bell for round two with the count reaching three. A right to the mid-section followed by a left ended the fight. Photo

Zale had to be propped up and led around the ring carefully as he waved to the crowd after his left-hook KO'd Graziano. He "looked like a man who had been in hand-to-hand combat with a buzzsaw." (AP)

Named Ring Magazine Fight of the Year, and the "Fight of the Decade" by The Ring magazine.

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