Rocky Marciano career timeline

Updated: July 5, 2007, 5:14 PM ET
By Bert Randolph Sugar | Boxing Historian

Born Rocco Francis Marchegiano, 9/1/23 in Brockton, Mass. Fought first pro bout as Rocky Marsh, 3/17/47, in Holyoke, Mass. Returned to amateur ranks after 3-round KO of Lee Epperson. Billed as Rocco (Socko) Marchegiano, lost to Coley Wallace in preliminary round of Tournament of Champions Golden Gloves, 3/1/48. Re-started professional career, 7/12/48, in Providence, R.I. Won first 16 pro bouts by knockout. Ended Joe Louis' career with eighth-round knockout, 10/26/51. Won heavyweight title with ...

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