CLASSIC FIGHTS: Joe Louis VS Rocky Marciano

Posted: August 23, 2015 in Boxing History
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On october 26th of 1951, Joe Louis (64-3, 1NC, 52 KO’s) took on the fast rising Rocky Marciano (38-0, 33 KO’s at the time), in Madison Square Garden New York City.  The former Heavyweight champ Joe Louis was a slight favorite to win the fight against Marciano, and even outweighed him by 26 pounds.  Loius also had a 9 inch reach advantage over Marciano, and was clearly the bigger man.

In round 1, Marciano pressured Louis constantly, driving him back in to the ropes as he landed a huge right hand.  Marciano being the smaller man, wanted to make this an inside fight, and his shorter arms would actually play an advantage with the way he fought Louis.  Round 2, he continued the pressure, going to Louis’ body and head with thunderous shots.  Louis had no answer yet.

In round 3 though, Joe Louis would find his jab, and throw Marciano completely off of his game.  The frustrated Marciano, being outboxed, would start throwing wild right hands and missing the target consistently.  Round 4, Louis would finally stop Marciano from walking him down, as he continued to box and throw his jab.  He would also land a few power shots towards the end onf the round at close range, which of course were set up by the jab.  Round 5 would be more of the same from Louis, as Marciano looked like he didn’t know what to do.

In the 6th, Marciano would finally go back to his game plan, and Louis would not win another round.  The 7th was a pivotal round, as Rocky landed a huge left hook that momentarily stunned Louis.  And the 8th round would spell the end for who many considered the greatest champion of all time.  Marciano would proceed to land a hard left hook to the head of Louis that put him down for the first time in the fight.  Louis would get up and take two more devastating left hooks that would by followed by a hard right straight to the jaw.  That huge right hand would knock Louis straight through the ropes and out of the ring.  Louis would not be able to answer the 10 count, as Rocky Marciano would defeat the once great champion.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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