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1955 Rocky Marciano vs Don Cockell ORIGINAL Dressing Room Pass Accompanied Alongside Action Shot Photo Set Within A Patriotic Background Presentation

1955 Rocky Marciano vs Don Cockell ORIGINAL Dressing Room Pass Accompanied Alongside Action Shot Photo Set Within A Patriotic Background Presentation

Rocky Marciano vs Don Cockell 1955 heavyweight World title ORIGINAL scarce dressing room pass accompanied alongside action shot 8" x 10" black & white photo set within a patriotic background representing the (USA) Stars and Stripes & (Great Britain) Union Jack flags, 16th May 1955, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California, USA.

Marciano W TKO 9
Cockell was a 10–1 underdog and weighed 14 st 9 lbs against Marciano’s 13 st 7 lbs. For the first three rounds the fight was fairly even, but as it progressed further Cockell began to take more and more punishment, without being able to hurt Marciano at all. Cockell ended the eighth round hanging through the ropes after withstanding a terrific beating. Marciano won the fight by a technical knockout 54 seconds into round nine after Cockell had been knocked down twice, for counts of eight and seven. After the fight, Marciano stated, "He's got a lot of guts. I don't think I ever hit anyone else any more often or harder."

Many boxing fans in Britain felt that Marciano employed unfair tactics, such as hitting after the bell and low punches, but although the British Boxing Board of Control protested, Cockell himself made no complaints.

Notes
*The fight was shown on closed circuit TV in 83 theatres in 59 cities.
*There was a crowd of 18,000 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.
*The contract called for Marciano to receive 40% of the net gate and Cockell 20%.
*Cockell was knocked through the ropes head first at the end of the 8th round. Marciano floored him twice more in the 9th.
*In his dressing room after the fight, Cockell said he got a "raw deal." His manager complained that the referee allowed Marciano to headbutt, hit low and punch after the bell.
*In April 1956, the chief investigator for the California Governor's special committee investigating boxing accused promoter Jimmy Murray of shortchanging both fighters and paying $10,000 "on the side" to Al Weill, Marciano's manager. Murray and Weill denied the allegations.



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Rocky Marciano vs Don Cockell - Highlights

To define Rocky Marciano's career, one only needs to know: 49-0. That is it. Forty-nine fights, forty-nine wins. Marciano is the only World champion to complete his career undefeated.

Marciano had a 12-fight amateur career during which he won the New England Golden Gloves title before losing to Coley Wallace in the Eastern Championships. It would be his last defeat inside a boxing ring.

Marciano turned pro with a third-round knockout over Lee Epperson on March 17, 1947 in Massachusetts. A 5-10 and 185 pounds, Marciano was smaller and slower than most heavyweights. But he had power, desire and a solid chin.

Marciano first made an impact on boxing in 1950 when he decisioned Roland LaStarza, also an unbeaten heavyweight prospect. LaStarza is just one of three men to have gone the distance with The Rock. (Don Mogard and Ted Lowry are the other two.) A year later, Rocky knocked out comebacking former heavyweight champion Joe Louis, who was 37.

That bout led to a title fight atainst 38-year-old champion Jersey Joe Walcott. Marciano overcame a first-round knockdown to win the title on a 13th-round knockout in 1952. The rematch lasted one round, as Marciano scored the 11th first-round stoppage of his career.

Rocky defended the title successfully against LaStarza and Don Cockell and also posted a pair of exciting victories over former champion Ezzard Charles. In the final fight of his career, Marciano recovered from an early knockdown and dropped light heavyweight champion Archie Moore three times en route to a ninth-round knockout. Back pain forced Marciano into retirement.

One day before his 46th birthday, on August 31, 1969, Marciano died tragically in a plane crash near Newton, Iowa. He was en route to a birthday party.











Don Cockell was English and he fought for most of his career as a light-heavyweight and became the British and European champion at that weight. Later in his career he moved up to heavyweight and held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. He is best remembered for fighting against Rocky Marciano for the World heavyweight championship.

Early Life
His full name was Donald John Cockell and he was born on 22 September 1928 in Balham, London, the son of Kate Cockell, a domestic servant from Battersea. He never knew his father.

He was a blacksmith by trade and as a result, developed a strong physique. He began boxing in fairground booths and soon rose through the amateur ranks until he was ready to turn professional in 1946.

Professional Career
Cockell had his first professional fight on 26 June 1946 against Trevor Lowder and won it by a knockout in the fifth round. He continued to build up an impressive fighting record marred by the occasional defeat. By 1950 he was ready to challenge for the vacant British light-heavyweight title recently vacated due to the retirement of Freddie Mills. On 17 October at Harringay Arena he fought Mark Hart and took the title with a knockout in the fourteenth round.

Cockell fought and won two more fights before fighting the Frenchman Albert Yvel for his European light-heavyweight title. The bout took place on 27 March 1951 at Earls Court, London and Cockell won by a technical knockout in the sixth round.

Cockell had two more wins before defending his British and European titles against Albert Finch, who had previously been British middleweight champion. The bout was held on 16 October 1951, at Harringay Arena, and Cockell won by a knockout in the seventh round.

Cockell decisively lost his next fight against the American heavyweight Jimmy Slade. Fighting at Harringay Arena, Cockell was knocked down twice in the first round, once in the second, and twice more in the fourth. The referee then stopped the fight. Cockell followed this defeat with a points win against Italian light-heavyweight Renato Tontini, despite being knocked down twice in the second round.

Cockell then fought against Randolph Turpin, who the year before, had beaten Sugar Ray Robinson to become World middleweight champion, before losing his title in the re-match. Cockell was defending his British title, and both fighters were contesting the vacant Commonwealth light-heavyweight title. The bout was at the White City Stadium on 10 June 1952. Cockell was knocked down three times during the fight and lost on a technical knockout in the eleventh round.

One of the reasons for the defeat was the difficulty that Cockell had in making the weight for light-heavyweight fights.

He therefore decided to subsequently fight as a heavyweight. His next three fights, at heavyweight were all won by technical knockouts. The third one was against the Welshman, Tommy Farr, who had been an excellent heavyweight, fighting against the great Joe Louis, but was now at the end of his career.

The fight against Farr was a final eliminator for the British heavyweight title, and so put Cockell in line for a title challenge against the holder Johnny Williams. The bout British and Commonwealth titles was held at Harringay Arena on 12 May 1953, and Cockell won on points over fifteen rounds.

Cockell then had two more wins before defending his Commonwealth title against Johnny Arthur in Johannesburg, South Africa. He won the fight on points after fifteen rounds.

Cockell moved rapidly up the heavyweight rankings by scoring three wins against American fighters. First he beat Roland La Starza on points at Earls Court Arena, then he had successive victories over Harry (Kid) Matthews, first at the White City Stadium and then at Sicks' Stadium, Seattle.

These victories put him in line for a title fight against the World champion Rocky Marciano. This was the first British World title bid since Tommy Farr had fought Joe Louis in 1937.

World Heavyweight Title Fight
On 16 May 1955, Cockell fought Marciano for the World heavyweight title at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, CA. Cockell was a 10-1 underdog and weighed 205 pounds against Marciano’s 189. For the first three rounds the fight was fairly even, but as it progressed further Cockell began to take more and more punishment, without being able to hurt Marciano at all. Cockell ended the eighth round hanging through the ropes after withstanding a terrific beating.

Marciano won the fight by a technical knockout 54 seconds into round nine after Cockell had been knocked down twice, for counts of eight and seven. After the fight, Marciano stated, "He's got a lot of guts. I don't think I ever hit anyone else any more often or harder."

Many boxing fans in Britain felt that Marciano employed unfair tactics, such as hitting after the bell and low punches, but although the British Boxing Board of Control protested, Cockell himself made no complaints.

Aftermath
The title fight had taken much out of Cockell, and he lost his subsequent two fights. In September 1955 he lost to the Cuban, Nino Valdes at the White City Stadium by a technical knockout in the third round. He weighed 216 pounds for the fight. In April 1956 he was knocked out in the second round Kitione Lave, known as the “Tongan Terror”. That was his final fight. In May 1956 he was stripped of his Commonwealth title and in July he surrendered his British title and retired.

Cockell sued the Daily Mail after the newspaper had described him as being ‘overweight and flabby’ for his last fight, and not giving his all. He received £7500 damages with costs.

Retirement
He tried various jobs including running a farm, being a publican, and running a haulage firm. His last job was as an emergency maintenance man. He died of cancer on 18 July 1983 at a hospital in Tooting. He was married to Patricia Mary Cockell.

Fight Record
He had 81 official fights winning 66 with 38 knockouts and lost 14 with one draw .