History | Feb 13 2020

On This Day: Rocky Marciano chews up Lee Savold on his way to world heavyweight title

Rocky Marciano was on the road to glory when Lee Savold dared to get in the way, writes Sam Corbishley
Rocky Marciano
Rocky Marciano vs Lee Savold

ON THIS DAY back in 1952, Rocky Marciano continued on his explosive march towards the world heavyweight title with this six round slaughter of 35-year-old veteran Lee Savold.

Both men were coming off the back of fights with the ‘Brown Bomber’ Joe Louis, who had been on the comeback trail.

Savold was up against it from the outset in his fight with the ‘Brown Bomber’ in June 1951. Louis drew blood from Lee’s nose as early as the first minute and he was cut again in the fifth from a series of heavy left hands, appearing to be in trouble in every round of the fight. It was another left, this time a terrific hook, which finished matters in the sixth and despite trying to rise, he was counted out.