Rocky Marciano vs. Roland LaStarza (1st meeting)

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Rocky Marciano 183 lbs beat Roland LaStarza 187 lbs by SD in round 10 of 10

A crowd of 13,658 paid $53,733. LaStarza (37-0) received approximately $13,000, and Marciano (25-0) got about $8,000.

The Associated Press reported: "Rocky, a short-armed, slope-shouldered battler won the fight with a sensational punching display in the fourth round when he floored LaStarza. A low blow In the eighth round cost the free swinging Rocky a clear-cut triumph. He belted handsome Rollie all over the lot in the frame and hurt him with another one of his vicious rights to the jaw."

Jessie Abramson of the New York Daily Herald called the decision "paper thin and exceedingly odd." According to newspaper reports, it was condemned around ringside as a miscarriage of justice.

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