On September 23rd, 2012, the World Boxing Council, the Rocky Marciano Statue Committee, and the City of Brockton unveiled a two-ton, 20-foot statue honoring the late Rocky Marciano, the only undefeated heavyweight boxer in history.
The statue is located in Champion Park on the grounds of Brockton High School, 470 Forest Ave., Brockton.
The unveiling of the statue coincided with the 60th anniversary of the Brockton Blockbuster’s epic championship fight against Jersey Joe Walcott, in which Marciano knocked Walcott out in the 13th round. The statue depicts Marciano landing the knockout punch against Walcott in the epic 1952 match.
Rocky Marciano was born in Brockton in 1923 and was reigning heavyweight champion of the world from September 23rd, 1952 to April 27th, 1956. Beloved by a generation of Brocktonians for his work ethic and unwillingness to quit, Marciano learned to box while serving in the United States Army in World War II.
A member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Marciano’s career statistics bear the test of time: 49 straight wins, 43 by knock out – an impressive accomplishment. Marciano died in a plane crash just shy of his 46th birthday in 1969. In 1971, the city named the football stadium at its brand new high school after the late boxer who played for Brockton High School in the 1940s.
Be sure to visit Champion Park and see this larger-than-life tribute to Rocky Marciano during your next trip to Brockton.