How do you think Rocky Marciano would perform in todays era of Heavyweights

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  1. MarkusFlorez99

    MarkusFlorez99 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 13, 2021
  2. Clinton

    Clinton Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    He is just not big enough
  3. SheenLantern

    SheenLantern Active Member Full Member

    Jan 13, 2016

    I don't even think he'd do well at light-heavyweight. Just too unskilled, and lacking in positive attributes in general outside of his power and stamina.
  4. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 30, 2014
  5. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    I would expect him to have success in any era, however the size disparity might be too great, against the best men of the era.
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  6. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    At the very least, we would have to say that the light heavyweights of his era, were streets ahead of the best today.
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  7. reznick

    reznick In the 7.2% Full Member

    Mar 17, 2010
  8. Seamus

    Seamus Proud Kulak Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    I don't know think he was durable enough to have a complete career at heavyweight. At cruiser, he would be successful tho he would pick up some losses.
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  9. KernowWarrior

    KernowWarrior Bob Fitzsimmons much bigger brother. Full Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tough as teak but light of weight, short reach and height, those are the obvious issues.

    Likewise would Rocky's total disregard for the rules of the noble art be accepted today? No.

    Would Rocky be permitted to carry on in fights with some of the cuts that he sustained? No.
  10. fists of fury

    fists of fury Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 25, 2006
    Here we go. Another 20 page thread of blah blah blah incoming.
  11. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 30, 2014
    blah blah blah access, blah blah, peds, steriods, blah blah, different eras.
  12. Minotauro

    Minotauro Boxing Addict Full Member

    May 22, 2007
    He would be a light heavyweight by today's standard and likely the top guy in the division.
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  13. Stiches Yarn

    Stiches Yarn Active Member Full Member

    Jan 2, 2021
    if you propose bringing Rocky to the present, with the advances in training and nutrition, AND with fighting 12 round fights, he would be fighting closer to his natural 205 plus, not 184. So The Rock could have been a heavyweight today, a very small one but a heavyweight.
    BIGGER DOES NOT MEAN BETTER! A good big men HAS to be a good big men to beat a good little men.
    And many folks forgot just forgot how tough and great Marciano, and NO i don't thinks he beats anybody in any era, i would favor like 30-40 fighters to beat him, but todays heavyweights (except possibly fury) doesn't belong in that list.
    Marciano’s old school brawler style is a bad matchup for AJ and one can visualize a similar fight path to AJ vs Ruiz Jr… Other than physical strength and size, AJ doesn’t really have any other advantages over Marciano. It’s likely that AJ will stay on his bike as he did in the rematch with Ruiz. For Marciano, it’s gonna be a slow & patient stalking job & I can see him getting to AJ by the middle rounds; but not after some fierce exchanges.

    The slippery Tyson Fury will be a sterner test and he too will want to keep the fight as long as possible. I can see the defensively skilled Fury taking the early rounds, with Marciano coming on strong later & taking over in the second half of the fight. In this particular matchup, Marciano’s superior stamina & workrate should prove decisive— particularly down the stretch... Marciano by UD.
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  14. PhillyPhan69

    PhillyPhan69 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Dec 20, 2006
    This is most fascinating
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  15. GOAT Primo Carnera

    GOAT Primo Carnera Member of the PC Fan Club Full Member

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