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Rocky Marciano


1923 Born in Brockton, Massachusetts
1943 Drafted into the army, serves in Wales
1947 Tries out unsuccessfully for the Chicago Cubs baseball team
1947 Fights in first professional boxing match, knocking out Lee Epperson in three rounds
1951 Defeats former heavyweight champion Joe Louis
1952 Defeats "Jersey Joe" Walcott to become world heavyweight champion
1953 Defeats "Jersey Joe" Walcott in a one-round rematch
1953 Successfully defends title against Roland LaStarza
1954 Defeats Ezzard Charles in two separate bouts to retain title
1955 Knocks out Don Cockell to retain title
1955 Knocks out Archie Moore, retaining title in his last professional fight
1956 Announces retirement from boxing
1969 Dies in a small plane crash outside De Moines, Iowa
1990 Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame

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