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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Marciano right to the chin KOs champion Walcott
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Sept. 23, 1952

In storybook fashion, Rocky triumphs in Philadelphia. Marciano, that is, not Balboa.

Unbeaten in 42 fights, the 29-year-old Marciano doesn't look like a 9-5 favorite when heavyweight champ Jersey Joe Walcott knocks him down with a short left hook in the first round before 40,379 fans at Municipal Stadium. For the first time in his career, Marciano is looking up at his opponent.

The 38-year-old Walcott, a clever boxer, doesn't let up, and after 12 rounds he's in total control, ahead by four rounds from one official, three by another and two by the third. Marciano needs a knockout to gain the title. Early in the 13th Marciano, though battered and bloodied, delivers one of the most devastating punches in boxing history, a short right to the side of Walcott's chin. Walcott sinks to one knee, his left arm hooked around the middle rope, his head resting on the canvas. Jersey Joe is out, the 38th knockout victim of the Brockton Blockbuster, and Marciano is in as heavyweight champ.

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