ROCKY MARCIANO RETIRES – The Brockton Rock won 49 straight
April 27, 1956 – Undefeated World Heavyweight Boxing Champ Rocky Marciano announced his retirement. The Brockton Rock had won all 49 of his fights, with 43 wins coming on knockouts.
He successfully defended his title six times. Marciano first became the heavyweight champion when he knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952. He was killed in an airplane crash the day before his 46th birthday.
Known as Cassius Clay, the man who always referred to himself as the greatest, started boxing at the age of twelve. Clay fought as an amateur for six years and was victorious in 100 0f his 108 fights. He won the light-heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games. A great fighter with alot of charisma, Clay beat Sonny Liston on February 24, 1964 to become the World Heavyweight Champion. The following day, Clay told the press that he had become a Black Muslim and had taken the name Muhammad Ali. Ali stirred up alot of controversy in 1967 when he refused induction intothe armed forces and was convicted of draft evasion. He was stripped of his crown, but the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction, and Ali returned to the ring in 1970. He regained the title by knocking out George Foreman in 1974 in a fight Ali called “the rumble in the jungle.” Ali lost the title to Leon Spinks in 1978, but won it back with a unanimous decision over Spinks in September of that same year. The loquacious athlete always backed up his talking with sharp performances between the ropes. His wins over Liston, Foreman, Spinks, and Joe Frazier were the biggest wins of his career. Ali retired from the ring, but was itching to come back, and he challenged Larry Holmes in 1980 and was beaten. Continue reading Muhammad Ali or Rocky Marciano