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On This Day: Rocky Marciano and Ezzard Charles battled for 15 blistering, bitterly fought rounds

in our original report from their June 17, 1954 showdown we wrote: Rocky Marciano still reigns as king as Ezzard Charles outpointed in savage heavyweight title bout
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ROCKY MARCIANO, 29-year-old Brockton Bull, is still world heavyweight champion. But he had to travel 15 blistering, bitterly fought rounds, for the first time in his life, before he won a unanimous points decision from Ezzard Charles, Georgia-born former holder of the title, at the Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York.

The champion suffered a nasty eye injury as early as the fourth round and he bled continuously from the nose. Charles sustained a cut near his right eye and he finished the fight with his face badly swollen. Both needed hospital attention after the battle. Marciano had 10 stitches inserted over his left eye.

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