History | Jul 28 2019

On This Day: Rocky Marciano earns shot at the heavyweight title

Rocky Marciano set himself up for a crack at Jersey Joe Walcott's crown back in 1952
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NOW that Rocky Marciano has disposed so summarily of Harry Matthews in their undoubted eliminator for the world’s heavyweight championship at the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx (July 28, 1952), the International Boxing Club of New York has announced they will stage a title bout between Marciano and champion Jersey Joe Walcott in September at the same venue.

But that does not mean to say the fight will not take place, although such is highly probable. Any doubt on the subject is due to the fact that for the first time since the days of Tex Rickard, the fistic dictators have not got a stranglehold on the champion.

The return bout clause operated when Walcott knocked out Ezzard Charles; it was there when Charles made his abortive effort to win back his title. Victory for Jersey Joe meant the break in the return clause and for once he is sitting pretty.


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