History | Sep 23 2017

On This Day: Rocky Marciano overcomes points deficit with stunning victory over Jersey Joe Walcott

Matt Christie tells the story of two ferocious knockouts that crowned Joe Walcott and Rocky Marciano
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IN the early 1950s, the world heavyweight title was won and lost with violent force.

After two humdrum bouts between Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott – that Charles had won comfortably on points – a third bout did not seem a natural. But it came along, on July 18 1951, anyway. And so did one of the most unexpected, and clinical, finishes in boxing history.

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