Rocky Marciano was born on September 1, 1923, in Brockton, Massachusetts. Throughout his early years, he could be seen playing baseball, working out on his homemade weightlifting equipment, or practicing on a homemade heavy bag made from a stuffed mail bag hanging from a tree. He played on the football and baseball teams of Brockton High School. Later, he was cut from the baseball team because he joined another team; this time in the church baseball league. After finishing the tenth grade, Marciano dropped out of school and worked for the Brockton Ice and Coal Company on the delivery trucks. He was drafted into the army for two years in March 1943. It was in the army that Mariano would begin his amateur boxing career. Marciano won the 1946 armed forces boxing tournament.
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After having won the amateur tournament, Marciano had a professional bout against Lee Epperson, which he won by knockout. He then returned to the amateur circuit to fight in the All-East Golden Gloves Championship Tournament, which he lost. He ended his amateur career with a record of 8 wins and 4 losses. He finally entered into the professional ranks permanently on July 12, 1948. It was in professional boxing that Marciano would truly shine. Marciano would go on to become the heavyweight champion of the world on September 23, 1952, after winning by knockout against Jersey Joe Walcott. He successfully defended his belt until his retirement on April 27, 1956. Throughout his professional career, Rocky Marciano was undefeated. He had 49 fights and 49 wins, 43 of which came by knockout and the other six by decision. Marciano holds numerous records and awards for his performance throughout his professional career. Aside from being the only World Heavyweight Champion to retire undefeated, he also holds the record for having the longest winning streak by a heavyweight contender.
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