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American professional boxer and world heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano beat Jersey Joe Walcott for the title and won an unrivaled 49 straight fights.
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Marciano announced his retirement on April 27, 1956. During his career, he won an unrivaled 49 straight fights, 43 of which were by knockout.
Marciano met Barbara Cousins, the daughter of a retired Brockton police sergeant, in the spring of 1947. They married on December 31, 1959. They had one daughter, Mary Ann, and adopted a son, Rocco Kevin.
After boxing, in 1961, Marciano hosted a weekly boxing show on TV. He also worked as a referee and boxing commentator in boxing matches for many years. On August 31, 1969, the eve of his 46th birthday, Marciano was killed in a tragic plane crash.
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