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Marciano right to the chin KOs champion Walcott

Updated: September 21, 2001, 10:16 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

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 ...

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