Rocky Marciano KO 9 Archie Moore September 21, 1955 Marciano came off the canvas to score a ninth-round of knockout of Moore, the light heavyweight champion who had moved up in weight. It was the last fight of Marciano's career. He remains the lone heavyweight champion to retire undefeated.
HIGH DRAMA: Rocky Marciano’s perfect record was never in more jeopardy than it was in this RING Fight of the Year against Ezzard Charles on Sept. 17, 1954 at Yankee Stadium. A cut on Marciano’s nose was so severe that the fight was in danger of being stopped in the middle rounds. The champ responded by putting Charles down twice in the eighth, the second time for a 10-count. Marciano was losing badly on the cards at the time of the stoppage.
Rocky Marciano W 15 Ezzard Charles June 17, 1954 The first of two clashes between Marciano and Charles -- the current and former heavyweight champions, respectively -- took place between 47,585 fans at Yankee Stadium. Marciano suffered a gruesome cut in the fourth round but still came away with the unanimous decision.
It was October 30, 1974, and the event was billed as “The Rumble in the Jungle.” Heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman defended his crown in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) against challenger Muhammad Ali.