Fifty-seven years ago today -- September 21, 1955 -- Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano successfully defended his title for the sixth and final time by stopping Archie Moore in the ninth round.
The only heavyweight champ to retire undefeated (49-0), the Brockton Blockbuster gained the coveted title at age 29 by defeating Jersey Joe Walcott on September 23, 1952, which coincidentally, occurred 60 years ago this coming Sunday.
Credit: Estate of Rocky Marciano - c/o CMG Worldwide
Marciano took the crown in the 13th round by delivering an up close and personal right (deemed one of the hardest hits in the history of the sport) to the hapless Walcott. In the immortal words of boxing writer A.J. Liebling, Walcott "flowed down like flour out of a chute."
The new champ first defended his title in 1953 by knocking out Jersey Joe in the first round of a rematch. A few months later, Marciano defeated Roland LaStarza by technical knockout in the 11th. The bones of LaStarza's arm...