He was ranked 23rd on Ring Magazine's list of the greatest punchers of all time. He knocked out his challengers in every bout. 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''The A.A.U. Andrew Eisele is a boxing writer who has covered the sport for Time, Inc. Never. Good friends with Martha Raye and Frank Sinatra. Like his boyhood friend, Jake LaMotta, who would also become middleweight champion of the world, the young Mr. Graziano frequently came into conflict with the law. Marciano scored knockouts in 23 of his first 25 professional fights during a three-year period. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. Zale knocked Graziano out in six rounds in the first fight, in 1946; Graziano won the second fight by knocking out Zale in the sixth, thereby becoming middleweight champion; Zale won the third fight by a knockout in the third to regain the championship. I belted him, pow, and flattened him and took off.' Rocky Graziano, the former middleweight boxing champion whose life was turned into a movie, died of cardiopulmonary failure last night at New York Hospital. There was a genuine openness about the guy that everybody liked.''. His father was a professional boxer who fought under the nickname, Fighting Nick Bob. ''Hell, I never lost a street fight. BoxRec.com uses cookies to make the site simpler. A subject of beauty is anything that resonates with personal meaning…. His three bouts with Tony Zale in the years after World War II are considered classics of brutal action. ''We were the original juvenile delinquents,'' said Mr. LaMotta. Mr. Graziano's version of how he landed the role was self-deprecating. I remember Rocky was in quarantine, so I'd set him up with comic books and candy and cigarettes. This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. Scored an upset knockout win over highly-favored Billy Arnold to break into the world ratings. Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1983. Rocky Graziano was born on January 1, 1919 in New York City, New York, USA as Thomas Rocco Barbella. ''He told me,'' said Mr. Heinz, ''the producers were sitting around and one of them said why not get a stupid guy like Rocky Graziano? Below is a listing of his perfect career record. Feb 9, 2019 - Explore David Stoppa's board "Rocky Graziano", followed by 822 people on Pinterest. At age 12, he was arrested for the first time, caught breaking into a subway gum machine. Marciano took the title in a September bout against Jersey Joe Walcott. Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1983. ''. In 1939, a friend, Jack Healy, took him to New York's famous Stillman's Gym to see if he could put his street fighting instincts to use in the ring. He also hosts TV and radio sports talk shows. Graziano was the son of Ida Scinto and Nicola Barbella. During the 1960s and early 1970s had a restaurant in North Miami, Florida on Biscayne Blvd. ''It took me nine years to get through the fourth grade. He was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1971. He was inducted into The Ring magazine’s Boxing Hall of Fame in 1971. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. Omissions? Barbella, who got occasional work as a horseback rider, kept boxing glov… Graziano’s career record was 67 wins (52 by knockout), 10 losses, and 6 draws. Rocky Graziano, born Thomas Rocco Barbella in New York City (1 January 1919 – May 22, 1990), was an Italian American boxer. ''Not because I had it, but because I couldn't spell it. Marciano defended the title twice in 1953 and twice each year for the next two years.

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