Rocky Marciano - Career Record

The heavyweight champ never lost a fight.

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Rocky Marciano -- born Rocco Francis Marchegiano -- is one of the greatest fighters of all time. He never lost a bout, and posted a career record of 49 wins, including 43 knockouts. He was known for his "relentless fighting style," "iron chin" and stamina, Wikipedia notes. His nearly 90 percent win-to-knockout ratio remains one of the highest ever, and he successfully defended his heavyweight title six times.

Below is a listing of his perfect career record.

Racking Up Knockouts

Marciano scored knockouts in 23 of his first 25 professional fights during a three-year period.

1947

  • March 17 - Lee Epperson, Holyoke, Massachusetts - KO 3

1948

  • July 12 - Harry Balzerian, Providence, Rhode Island - KO 1
  • July 19 - John Edwards, Providence -  KO 1
  • Aug. 9 - Bobby Quinn, Providence - KO 3
  • Aug. 23 - Eddie Ross, Providence - KO 1
  • Aug. 30 - Jimmy Weeks, Providence - KO 1
  • Sept. 13 - Jerry Jackson, Providence - KO 1
  • Sept. 20 - Bill Hardeman, Providence - KO 1
  • Sept. 30 - Gil Cardione, Washington, D.C. - KO 1
  • Oct. 4 - Bob Jefferson, Providence - KO 2
  • Nov. 29 - Patrick Connolly, Providence - KO 1
  • Dec. 14 - Gilley Ferron, Philadelphia - KO 2

1949

  • March 21 - Johnny Pretzie, Providence - KO 5
  • March 28 - Artie Donator, Providence - KO 1
  • Apr 11 - James Walls, Providence - KO 3
  • May 2 - Jimmy Evans, Providence - KO 3
  • May 23 - Don Mogard, Providence - W 10
  • July 18 - Harry Haft, Providence - KO 3
  • Aug. 16 - Pete Louthis, New Bedford, Massachusetts - KO 3
  • Sept. 26 - Tommy Giorgio, Providence - KO 4
  • Oct. 10 - Ted Lowry, Providence - W 10
  • Nov. 7 - Joe Domonic, Providence - KO 2
  • Dec. 2 - Pat Richards, New York - KO 2
  • Dec. 19 - Phil Muscato, Providence - KO 5
  • Dec. 30 - Carmine Vingo, New York - KO 6

    Wins Title

    Marciano won the world heavyweight title in 1952 and defended it several times until his retirement in 1956.

    1950

    • March 24 - Roland LaStarza, New York - W 10
    • June 5 - Eldridge Eatman, New York - KO 3
    • July 10 - Gino Buonvino, Boston - KO 10
    • Sept. 18 - Johnny Shkor, Providence - KO 6
    • Nov. 13 - Ted Lowry, Providence - W 10
    • Dec. 18 - Bill Wilson, Providence - KO 1

    1951

    • Jan. 29 - Keene Simmons, Providence - KO 8
    • March 20 - Harold Mitchell, Hartford, Connecticut - KO 2
    • March 26 - Art Henri, Providence - KO 9
    • April 30 - Red Applegate, Providence - W 10
    • July 12 - Rex Layne, New York - KO 6
    • Aug. 27 - Freddie Beshore, Boston - KO 4
    • Oct. 26 - Joe Louis, New York - KO 8

    1952

    Marciano took the title in a September bout against Jersey Joe Walcott.

    • Feb. 13 - Lee Savold, Philadelphia - KO 6
    • April 21 - Gino Buonvino, Providence - KO 2
    • May 12 - Bernie Reynolds, Providence - KO 3
    • July 28 - Harry Matthews, New York - KO 2
    • Sept. 23 - Jersey Joe Walcott, Philadelphia - KO 13

    Title Defenses

    Marciano defended the title twice in 1953 and twice each year for the next two years. He knocked out his challengers in every bout.

    1953

    • May 15 - Jersey Joe Walcott, Chicago - KO 1
    • Sept. 24 - Roland LaStarza, New York - KO 11

    1954

    • June 19 - Ezzard Charles, New York  - W 15
    • Sept. 17 - Ezzard Charles, New York - KO 8

    1955

    • May 16 - Don Cockell, San Francisco - KO 9
    • Sept. 21 - Archie Moore, New York - KO 9

    1956

    Marciano announced his retirement in April -- with a perfect 49-0 record.