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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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Old 11-11-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:51 AM   #3
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Marciano was approached by a Mob rep to throw the ****ell fight for big bucks.

He went into a rage and threw the hood out of his room.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:08 AM   #4
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Marciano was approached by a Mob rep to throw the ****ell fight for big bucks.

He went into a rage and threw the hood out of his room.
I knew a few tough Italian brick-masonry guys in Brooklyn who could have
given Rocky a tougher fight.

If anything, Rocky knew it was just about time to get out.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:32 AM   #5
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****ell should never have been fighting at HW, only 'health' forced him to fight there. When accessing his true worth it is better seen at his own weight and fighters he fought and beat, including, Mathews, LaStarza and other L-HW cum HWs.

Fair is fair Sir Pepe, as I've seen you qualify so many forgotten men, I fear you didn't know this about Don ****ell.


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****ell the L-HW, before his Glandular Disease (which killed him at 54 yrs.) showed up!

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Old 11-11-2012, 11:41 AM   #6
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****ell should never have been fighting at HW, only 'health' forced him to fight there. When accessing his true worth it is better seen at his own weight and fighters he fought and beat, including, Mathews, LaStarza and other L-HW cum HWs.

Fair is fair Sir Pepe, as I've seen you qualify so many forgotten men, I fear you didn't know this about Don ****ell.
No intentional knock on Mr. Don ****ell, as he fought as well as he could have,
and suprised many with his courageous performance.

The boxing pundits ripped Don ****ell, as not a worthy opponent before
the bout with Rocky.

I believe, Don ****ell gave a very good effort, and did much better than
expected, as few thought he would last into the 5th Round.
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In team Marciano's defence, ****els #2 ranking made him an eminently justifiable challenger.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:15 PM   #8
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The Press tore harder into Don ****ell as the 'Challenger' than they did
'Champion' Rocky Marciano.

Don ****ell, was labeled,
* A willing trial-horse
* A plucky Englishman
* A plump medoicre Light-Heavyweight
* Light-hitting plodder
* A sitting-duck
* Stout-hearted punching bag
* Lucky to reach the 5th Round
* Better chance of walking on water across the San Francisco Bay
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The Press tore harder into Don ****ell as the 'Challenger' than they did
'Champion' Rocky Marciano.

Don ****ell, was labeled,
* A willing trial-horse
* A plucky Englishman
* A plump medoicre Light-Heavyweight
* Light-hitting plodder
* A sitting-duck
* Stout-hearted punching bag
* Lucky to reach the 5th Round
* Better chance of walking on water across the San Francisco Bay
I will grant you that he was not the most aestheticaly pleasing challenger, but when you cut through it all he was still a capable fighter.
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from this fight with Tommy Farr (well past it) ****ell engaged in 8 straight wins at HW against some pretty good fighters... ****ell was worthy allright just not at HW.

they never seem to credit the man for these facts, they just remember he was outclassed by Marciano- who wasn't? but ****ell shouldn't have been in there anyway, L-HW is his real placement & rating.

he looks good against Farr here, though Tommy had seen much finer days, but ****ell was real!

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Old 11-11-2012, 12:49 PM   #11
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Rocky got a little rough, when he got frustrated that Don was still standing.

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I knew a few tough Italian brick-masonry guys in Brooklyn who could have
given Rocky a tougher fight.

If anything, Rocky knew it was just about time to get out.

They wouldn't have fought Rocky.

Rocky was a friend of Vito Genovese- Don Vito.

Marciano wasn't dirty- he didn't do mob business, but he liked to hobnob with them.
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By the way Pepe ****ell wasn't "chased out of the light heavyweight division" weight problems due to his condition forced him out. Turpin knocked him out but he was weight drained for that fight. He was a good fighter ****ell and went out and had a real go against Rocky but eventually was brutalised by it must be said a very dirty display from Marciano
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No disrespect to Mr. ****ell.

Yes, he was a pretty good British Light-Heavyweight up thru June 1952, where
he posted a very good 56-10-1 record.

The 23 year-old Don ****ell versus Archie Moore in 1951 would have been an interesting bout.
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