ESPN Network: | | | | ABCSports | EXPN | INSIDER | FANTASY   

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
The Rock retires with a perfect record (49-0)
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

April 27, 1956

The Brockton Blockbuster is through busting heads -- and ribs. Rocky Marciano, 32, announces his retirement from boxing. At 49-0 (with 43 knockouts), he is the only heavyweight champion to finish his career undefeated.

Marciano, who started boxing professionally in 1947 and gained the heavyweight crown in 1952 by knocking out Jersey Joe Walcott, doesn't expect to be making a comeback, like former champs Jim Jeffries and Joe Louis did.

"No man can say what he will do in the future," Marciano says. "But, barring poverty, the ring has seen the last of me. I am comfortably fixed, and I am not afraid of the future. Barring a complete and dire emergency, you will never see Rocky Marciano make a comeback."

Despite rumors in the late fifties that he would return to the ring, The Rock's word is as good as his right. He will never fight again.

Send this story to a friend | Most sent stories