Rocky Marciano's Fight for Perfection in A Crooked World

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The son of poor Italian immigrants, with short arms and stubby legs, Rocky Marciano accomplished a feat that eluded legendary heavyweight champions like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson: He never lost a professional fight. His record was a perfect 49-0. Unbeaten is the story of this remarkable champion who overcame injury, doubt, and the schemes of corrupt promoters to win the title in a bloody and epic battle with Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952. Rocky packed a devastating punch with an innocent nickname, (3z(BSuzie Q,(3y (Bagainst which there was no defense. As the champ, he came to know presidents and movie stars – and the organized crime figures who dominated the sport, much to his growing disgust. He may have (3z(Bstood out in boxing like a rose in a garbage dump,(3y (Bas one sportswriter said, but he also fought his own private demons. In the hands of the award-winning journalist and biographer Mike Stanton, Unbeaten is more than just a boxing story. It’s a classic American tale of immigrant dreams, exceptional talent wedded to exceptional ambitions, compromises in the service of a greater good, astounding success, disillusionment, and a quest to discover what it all meant. Like Suzie Q, it will knock you off your feet.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627799195
Branch Call Number: 921 Marci
Description: 385 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Oct 07, 2018

On paper. small stocky subject with stubby arms & awkward technical pose shouldn't be boxing champion. However, he have unconventional hard hitting punch, take a lot of punishment & could learn in baby steps.
Biography highlighted the seedy boxing world by organized crime & corrupt management who fixed matches or boxing legend that burnt brighter because he died so young and the trauma on his family.

Jul 01, 2018

Rocky Marciano was tough and extremely well conditioned, but overrated. Yes, he was undefeated as a pro, but once they won the title they ducked the young contenders to fight the old names, and he defended his title a grand total of six times in four years. However, many white people talk about him as if he were the textbook definition of a fighting champion who took on all comers.


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