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Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott II

Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott 2

Date: 15th May 1953

Venue: Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois

Title: World Heavyweight Title

Promoter: The International Boxing Club


Rocky Marciano
( 43 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 184½ lbs

Jersey Joe Walcott
( 49 - 19 - 1 )
Weight: 197¾ lbs

On the night of May 15, 1953, the world of boxing saw a swift resolution to the much-anticipated rematch between Rocky Marciano and Jersey Joe Walcott. The venue was the renowned Chicago Stadium, the atmosphere was charged, and 13,266 eager fans filled the stands to witness Marciano making the first defense of the World Heavyweight Title he took from Jersey Joe eight months earlier. The fight was overseen by referee Frank Sikora, and the promoter for the high-profile event was The International Boxing Club. The proceedings aired live on NBC to an expectant nationwide audience.

Rocky Marciano, hailing from Brockton, Massachusetts, stepped into the ring with an impeccable record of 43-0-0, weighing in at 184½ lbs. His opponent, Jersey Joe Walcott from Camden, New Jersey, came with a record of 49-19-1, outweighing Marciano at 197¾ lbs. Given Marciano's previous win over Walcott and his undefeated record, the odds heavily favored him at 16 to 5.

The fight opened with both fighters seeking to enforce their tactical strategies. Walcott, hoping to leverage his experience and reach, sought to control the pace of the fight from a distance. On the other hand, Marciano, known for his aggression and relentless pursuit, aimed to maintain constant pressure on Walcott.

However, as the first round was about to conclude, Marciano saw an opening. Walcott launched a jab, only for Marciano to counter with a swift left hook and a right uppercut. This combination sent the off-balance Walcott sprawling onto the canvas, with his feet lifting off from the force of Marciano's blows.

Walcott managed to pull himself up to a sitting position, appearing largely unhurt. He opted to take a count, placing a hand on the ropes, seemingly prepared to rise. However, once referee Sikora reached the count of ten, Walcott hoisted himself up only to argue that he had been fast-counted. Regardless, the bout ended in the first round with a knockout credited to Marciano. This match marked what would become Marciano's fastest title defense.

The financial side of the bout was as impressive as the knockout. The gross gate collected amounted to $321,794, with a net value of $253,462. Of this, Marciano received 30% as per the agreement, while Walcott took home a flat fee of $250,000. In the aftermath of this stunning fight, both men's reputations in boxing remained intact - Marciano as an undefeated champion, and Walcott as a worthy challenger and former champion.

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