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The all-time top 10 Italian American boxers

By Rolando Vitale, author of The Real Rockys: A History of the Golden Age of Italian Americans in Boxing 1900-1955

1. Rocky Marciano

Years active: 1947-1955

Fight Record: 49-0, 43 KO

Championships: heavyweight

Rocky Marciano (Rocco Marchegiano) was an unstoppable force who never knew when he was beat. Equipped with a knockout punch in either hand his reliance on raw power and an unwavering self-belief paved the way to a perfect record of 49 wins in 49 fights. The “Brockton Blockbuster” stopped 43 of his opponents recording one of the greatest kayo percentages of all time at 87.5%. His illustrious victims included former heavyweight champion Joe Louis and Hall of Famers Ezzard Charles twice, Jersey Joe Walcott twice and the great Archie Moore. After six title defences he retired in 1956.
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