Rocky Marciano Boxing Coin Gift Display Set 1956
Sporting Legends: Heavyweight World Champion Retired Undefeated 1956
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The display contains the complete set of eight 1956 coins, namely: halfcrown, florin, Scottish and English shilling, sixpence, threepence, halfpenny and farthing (the penny was not issued dated 1956).
The coins are housed within a display that is held in a protection case, sized just over 17cm x 12cm. The display and case are in New/Mint condition and the coins are in Fine (or better) condition.
Our manufacturing process includes a precision laser cutting method to create the necessary holes in each display for the required coins to be inserted and held, safely recessed, in the correct position.
This would make a wonderful gift for a boxing fan.
The product can be removed from the protection case, to allow frame mounted display, if so desired.
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Rocco Francis Marchegiano
Rocco Francis Marchegiano, better known as Rocky Marciano (September 1st 1923 – August 31st 1969), was an American boxer who was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from September 23rd 1952 to April 27th 1956. With 43 knock outs to his credit (an 88% KO rate), he remains the only undefeated/untied heavyweight champion in pro boxing history.
Marciano, an Italian American, was born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts. When he was one year old, he contracted pneumonia, from which he almost died. As a youth, he played baseball, worked out on homemade weightlifting equipment, and used a stuffed mail bag that hung from a tree in his back yard as a heavy bag. He attended Brockton High School, where he played on football and baseball teams. However, he was cut from the baseball team because he had joined a church league, violating a school rule forbidding players from joining other teams. He later dropped out of school after finishing tenth grade. Marciano then worked as a chute man on delivery trucks for the Brockton Ice and Coal Company, ditch digger, and shoe salesman.
In March, 1943, Marciano was drafted into the army for a term of two years. Stationed in Wales, he helped ferry supplies across the English Channel to Normandy. After the war ended he completed his service at Fort Lewis, Washington.
While awaiting discharge, Marciano, representing the army, won an amateur armed forces boxing tournament. His amateur career was interrupted on March 17, 1947, when Marciano stepped into the ring as a professional competitor. That night he beat Lee Epperson by a knockout in three rounds. In an unusual move, however, Marciano returned to the amateur ranks and fought in the Golden Gloves All-East Championship Tournament in March 1948. He was beaten by Colley Wallace during the tournament, however. He continued to fight as an amateur throughout that spring and competed in the AAU Olympic tryouts in the Boston Garden. There he knocked out George McGinnis, but hurt his hands during the bout and was forced to withdraw from the tournament. The McGinnis fight was his last amateur bout. His amateur years, with an 11-3 record, would be the last time Marciano experienced a loss.
In late March, 1947, Marciano and a few of his friends traveled to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to try out for the Fayetteville Cubs, a farm team for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Marciano lasted three weeks before being cut from the team. After failing to find a spot on another team, he returned to Brockton and began boxing training with longtime friend, Allie Colombo. Al Weill served as his manager, Charley Goldman as his trainer and teacher.
Although he had one professional fight (against Lee Epperson) on his record, the night of July 12, 1948, marked the time when Marciano began fighting permanently as a professional boxer. That night he notched a win over Harry Bilizarian. He won all his first sixteen bouts by knockout, all before the fourth round, and nine before the first round was over.
Don Mogard became the first boxer to last the distance with "The Rock", but Marciano won by decision.
Early in his career, he changed the spelling of his last name. The ring announcer in Providence, Rhode Island could not pronounce Marchegiano, so his handler said to call him Marciano.
He won three more fights by knockout, and then he met Ted Lowry, who, according to many scribes and witnesses, probably managed to win three or four of the ten rounds from Marciano. Nevertheless, Marciano kept his winning streak alive by beating Lowry by decision. He fought Lowry twice, and both times the bout lasted ten rounds.
Four more knockout wins followed, and then he gained another hard-fought ten-round decision victory over his future world title challenger Roland La Starza. He won three more knockouts in a row before a rematch with Lowry. Marciano again won, by unanimous decision. After that, he won four more by knockout, and, after a win in six over Red Applegate, he was showcased on national TV for the first time, when he knocked out Rex Layne in six rounds on July 12, 1951. One more win, and he was again on national TV, this time against Joe Louis. Marciano defeated Louis in what would be the latter's last career bout, a result that left him with mixed emotions as Louis had been the idol of his childhood.
In no time Marciano was a ranked heavyweight. After four more wins, including victories over Lee Savold and Harry Matthews, Marciano faced World Heavyweight Champion Jersey Joe Walcott in Philadelphia on September 23, 1952. After being dropped in round one, Marciano got up and knocked Walcott out in the thirteenth round, becoming the new Heavyweight Champion. The punch that knocked out Walcott has been referred to as one of the hardest punches ever thrown in a boxing ring. A rematch was fought one year later, and, in Marciano's first title defense, he retained the title with a first-round knockout of Walcott. Next, it was La Starza's turn to challenge Marciano and after building a small lead on the judges' scorecards all the way to the middle rounds, La Starza was knocked out in eleven by the champion.
Then came former World Heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles, whom Marciano beat by a decision in their first bout. Ezzard Charles was the only man to ever last fifteen rounds against Marciano, and the champ later praised him as one of the toughest men he ever fought in his life. After having his nose split in round six of the rematch, Marciano retained the title with an eighth-round knockout win. Then Marciano met British and European champion Don Cockell and beat him in nine rounds.
Marciano's last title bout was against Archie Moore on September 21, 1955. The bout was originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 20 but because of hurricane warnings it had to be moved to the 21st. Marciano was knocked down for two seconds, but he got up and knocked out Moore in the 9th round. Moore was also knocked down in the 6th round but was saved by the bell. There was a game before the boxing match and all the fights started late. When Rocky was proclaimed winner, it was already September 22.
On December 7, 1955, Bob "The Grinder" Baker met Nino Valdez in a ten round elimination match. There was discussion of the winner facing Marciano in a heavyweight championship bout in early 1956 at Madison Square Garden. Although Baker won, both fighters eliminated themselves from championship consideration by a terrible performance.
With no suitable competition, Marciano announced his retirement on April 27, 1956.
After his retirement Marciano received some criticism about retiring without having fought Floyd. During Marciano's reign, Patterson was not a contender for a heavyweight title and he was not a ranked heavyweight. In fact, during Marciano's reign, Patterson fought mainly at the light heavyweight limit. Only after Marciano's retirement was Patterson moved from light heavyweight rankings to a heavyweight (he entered the rankings as number five on May 2, 1956).
Marciano considered a comeback in 1959 when Ingemar Johansson won the heavyweight championship from Patterson in June 1959. After a month of training, however, Marciano decided against it and never considered a comeback again.
After his retirement, Marciano invested in restaurants and lived comfortably, though many of his investments (such as buying Florida wetlands) were disastrous. Many times the money he gave to his friends was not returned.
He hosted a weekly boxing show on TV for one year and for a brief period worked as a troubleshooting referee in wrestling (Marciano was a good wrestler in high school). He continued as a referee and boxing commentator in boxing matches until his death.
In 1969, shortly before his death, Marciano participated in the filming of the fantasy, The Superfight: Marciano vs. Ali. The two boxers were filmed sparring, then the film was edited to match a computer simulation of a hypothetical fight between them, each in their prime. The bout was aired on Tuesday, January 20th 1970. Marciano won by TKO in 13.
In 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday, Marciano was a passenger in a small private plane, a Cessna 172 headed to Des Moines, Iowa. It was at night, and bad weather set in. The pilot tried to set the plane down at a small airfield outside Newton, Iowa, but hit a tree two miles short of the runway. The plane was out of gas as well. Rocky, the young pilot, and another passenger (alleged Iowa mob boss Louis Fratto's son) were killed on impact. Marciano was on his way to give a speech to support a friend's son and there was a surprise birthday celebration waiting for him. He had hoped to return early morning for his 46th birthday celebration with his wife.
Marciano died intestate (without a will). He is interred in a crypt at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His wife, who died five years after him at the age of 46, is entombed next to him.
The Year That Was 1956...
• On 25 February, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounces Stalin's crimes in a secret speech at the Communist party congress • On 29 February, Pakistan becomes an Islamic republic • On 2 March, Morocco becomes independent of France • On 9 March, the British deport nationalist leader Archbishop Makarios from Cypriot to the Seychelles • On 24 June, Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser is elected president of Egypt. On 26 July, he nationalises the Suez Canal. The Suez crisis begins, which involves the abortive invasion of the country by Israel, Britain and France (British and French forces complete their withdrawal on 22 December) • On 4 November, Soviet troops suppress the popular Hungarian uprising against Communist rule, which had begun with student demonstrations on 23 October • On 6 November, in a re-run of the 1952 US presidential election, Dwight D Eisenhower trounces Adlai Stevenson • On 2 December, Fidel Castro lands on the coast of Cuba and the Cuban revolution begins • The transatlantic cable telephone service begins • On 17 October, Elizabeth II opens Calder Hall in north-west England, the world's first large-scale nuclear power station • On 17 January, American singer Elvis Presley releases 'Heartbreak Hotel', beginning a career that will lead him to be hailed as the king of rock 'n' roll • Folk singer Woody Guthrie writes 'This Land Is Your Land' • American poet Allen Ginsberg publishes Howl!, a central text for the merging Beat generation • In May, British playwright John Osborne's Look Back in Anger is first performed in London, and the cult of the 'angry young man' begins • British artist Richard Hamilton's collage What is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing? signals the beginning of pop art •
• Football League Champions were Manchester United, leaving Blackpool in the runners up spot • Manchester City defeated Birmingham City 3-1 in the FA Cup Final • The Grand National winning horse was ‘E.S.B’ • The Cheltenham Gold Cup winning horse was ‘Limber Hill’ • The Epsom Derby winning horse was ‘Lavandin’ • Golf's British Open was won by Peter Thomson • Cambridge won the Boat Race by one ¼ lengths over Oxford • F1 Champion was Juan Manuel Fangio driving for Ferrari • Snooker’s World Championship Final ended Fred Davis (England) 38-35 John Pulman (England) • The Wimbledon tennis singles tournament saw victories for Lew Hoad of Australia (mens) and Shirley Fry of USA (ladies) • American Sport – The first Super Bowl did not take place until 1967 - NBA Championship: Philadelphia Warriors 4-1 Ft. Wayne Pistons – Major League Baseball World Series: New York Yankees 4-3 Brooklyn (MVP Dan Larsen) •
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