Rocky Marciano career timeline
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 third-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 ...
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