On May 15, 1953, at the Chicago Stadium. Marciano defended his World Heavyweight title against Jersey Joe Walcott. The fight was a rematch of a bout the year before, when Marciano won with a knockout in the 13th round, taking the crown from Walcott, who had won it just the year before. This time, on the West Side, with less than a minute to go in the first round, the champ stunned the crowd and knocked out Walcott with a hard right. It was win No. 44 for Marciano, who retired two years later, undefeated with a record of 49-0. Founder George Randazzo said this was one of the National Italian American Hall of Fame's first artifacts. "Marciano had one of the most famous right in boxing history," he said.
Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune
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