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On This Day: Rocky Marciano and Ezzard Charles hospitalise each other in one of the most violent fights in heavyweight history

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Ezzard Charles gives Rocky Marciano his toughest fight

ROCKY MARCIANO w pts 15 EZZARD CHARLES
Jun 17, 1954; Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
EZZARD CHARLES was already at the win-some-lose-some stage of his career by the time he challenged world heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in front of 47,585 fans in New York. But for the first four rounds, he looked like scoring the upset as he boxed beautifully. In the second half of the fight, Charles then banged with the champion in thrilling style before Marciano showcased his stamina and unbreakable will to win to triumph on points after 15. The champion was forced to have an operation on his face to repair a gaping cut while Charles – looking like someone with a shellfish allergy after a prawn curry – also needed treatment.

DID YOU KNOW? Marciano, who said afterwards it was his toughest fight, made $275,691 compared to Charles’ purse of $137,980.

WATCH OUT FOR: The colour version is a joy to watch. So too is the manner in which they embrace at the final bell.

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