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Boxing's Greatest Fighters: Rocky Marciano

Originally Published: June 14, 2006
By Bert Randolph Sugar | Boxing Historian

Noah Webster defines the word determination as "a strong resolve; the quality of being resolute or firm in purpose." But then again, Mr. Webster never saw Rocky Marciano fight. It would have lent an entirely new dimension to the word.

Christened Rocco Francis Marchegiano, the man known as "The Rock" hardly had an auspicious ring beginning, fighting, and knocking out, one Lee Epperson in three rounds in March 1947. Little could anyone then appreciate that Epperson would be the beginning ...

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