Rocky Marciano knocks out Harry Matthews to win a heavyweight title at Yankee Stadium-July 28, 1952 (This Day In Boxing History)

This Day In Boxing History. July 28, 1952; Rocky Marciano knocked out Harry “Kid” Matthews in Round 2 (of 10) to win a heavyweight title eliminator at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

Marciano dropped Matthews, who hadn’t lost since August 1943, with three left hooks to the jaw to earn a shot at heavyweight champion Jersey Joe Walcott. Marciano, named The Ring’s 1952 Fighter of the Year, then knocked out Walcott in September to win the title, and would defend it six times before retiring with a record of 49-0 with 43 KOs.

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