Ezzard Charles. Masterful fighter if there ever was one. THE greatest light heavyweight of all times, but never allowed to fight for a title he would have kept forever, he captured the heavyweight belt after Louis' retirement, successfully defended against him returning, had a decent reing and gave Marciano two of his toughest fights.
Rocky Marciano was the only heavyweight champion who never lost a single fight in his whole career-- and, at the time, he seemed the least likely fighter to do that. In many a boxing match, he was battered, bruised and bleeding. He understood from the beginning that he was going to get hit more often, and prepared himself for that kind of fight. His strategy was to concentrate on developing punches powerful enough to nullify his opponents' greater number of punches.
Rocky Marciano's cut during the second Ezzard Charles fight. It was so bad that at some point, you see it open up, the skin flapping at the end of the nose. When they told Marciano they were about to stop the fight, he went out and kayoed Charles...
World heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano .. April 27, 1956 he announced his retirement from boxing. Marciano, undefeated in 49 professional bouts, said his wife Barbara influenced his decision to hang up his gloves. He made an estimated $1.7 million in his boxing career.