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Old 11-11-2012, 09:42 AM   #1
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Default Rocky Marciano vs Don ****ell 'Batting Practice'

May 16, 1955

Kezar Stadium, San Francisco

In what many of the sportswriters wrote, Rocky will have a turn in
the batting cage, swinging for the fences against an ox-legged fat man.

This will be nothing more than 'batting practive', as the Englishman Don ****ell
will be lobbing in 'meatballs' for the squat Italian Heavyweight Champion to feed upon.

Rocky, now at age 31 1/2, will bring his 5' 11" and 189 lb. body into
the San Francisco Stadium, a long 8-months after his second bout with
the fading-fast and former Heavyweight Champion - Ezzard Charles.

Rocky, at 47-0-0 (41 KO's), will be making his 5th Title Defense, and his
handlers couldn't have hand-picked an easier opponent. Christmas has
come early for the Champion, and he will receive an easy toy to play with,
that has no sharp edges to worry about.

Don ****ell, a pudding-filled Englishman, with a record of 66-11-1 {38 KO's),
should not be that difficult of a Challenger. At 5' 11", ****ell
will be the same height as the Champion, but will have a 4" reach
advantage over Rocky, which may help him for the short-term.

But, his 205 lb. weight (16 lbs. heavier than the Champion) is not of
muscle, but more of soft dough. The 26 1/2 year-old Englishman can
fight a bit, but his strength his ability to take punches, and show courage,
usually not found in European Heavyweights.

Three years earlier (June 1952), Don ****ell was a trim 174 lbs. fighting
as the British Empire Light-Heavyweight Champion. But he was knocked out
by Middleweight Randy Turpin, and chased out of the 175 lb. Division.

Several servings of English Pudding, put Don ****ell into the Heavyweight
Division, where 'girth' over 'muscle' can sometimes help. But, 30 lbs. in
3 years added to the small-framed ****ell, makes him look like a water-logged
sponge in the kitchen sink.

Yer up Rocky, get in the batting cage.

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