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Marciano wins last fight, finishes unbeaten
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Sept. 21, 1955

It's the Brockton Blockbuster against the Ol' Mongoose, heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano defending his title against light-heavyweight champ Archie Moore. It's the unbeaten Marciano's final fight, though he's not sure of it when he enters the ring. What he is sure of afterward is that the aging Moore still knows how to box with the best.

Moore, a 4-1 underdog, stuns the crowd of 61,574 at Yankee Stadium with a beautifully executed right-hand sneak punch that drops the strong-jawed Marciano to the canvas in the second round. A dazed Marciano survives the round. In the sixth, he decks the valiant Moore twice. In the ninth, The Rock knocks out the Ol' Mongoose for his 43rd KO in 49 fights.

When the 32-year-old Marciano announces his retirement on April 27, 1956, he will be the only heavyweight champion to exit with a perfect record.

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