Re: Marciano's Wins v Ezzard Charles
When Rocky retired he said the first Walcott fight was his toughest.
Rocky wasn't supposed to win according to the fight experts of the time.
Rocky was down in the first round of the fight. He was cut, and virtually blinded for 1-2 rounds in the middle of the fight. Walcott had Rocky hurt and holding on in round 11. Rocky was down by about 3-4 points at the end of round 12.. He needed a knockout to win. Most fighters would have mentally folded by now, but Rocky wasn’t most fighters. In the 13th round Rocky caught Walcott near the ropes, and landed his Suzy-Q to score a dramatic come from behind knockout.
Walcott felt Rocky was a bum before the fight and said he would retire if he couldn't beat Marciano. He did.