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Rocky Graziano
(Thomas Rocco Barbella; the "Rock")

BORN June 7 1922; New York, New York
DIED May 22 1990; New York, New York
HEIGHT 5-7
WEIGHT 144-165 lbs
MANAGERS Irving Cohen, Jack Hurley
TRAINERS Whitey Bimstein, Al Silvani
RECORD 67-10-6 (52 KO)

 

Graziano was an exciting and popular brawler who came to fight; He used little in the way of finesse, letting it all hang out on each punch; He was game and durable and carried a smashing punch; Even in his later career, he always had the "Puncher's Chance" ! During his career, he won the Middleweight Championship of the World

Rocky is most famous for his three "wars" with Tony Zale but he also defeated such men as Al "Bummy" Davis, Freddie "Red" Cochrane, Tony Janiro, Charley Fusari, Joe Curcio, Johnny Greco, Gene Burton, Reuben Jones, Harold Green, Sonny Horne, Marty Servo, Billy Arnold, Chuck Hunter, Frankie Terry and Bernie Miller

Graziano is rated as the #23 All-Time Knockout Puncher (The Ring Yearbook 2003)

1942
Mar 31 Curtis Hightower           New York, NY                     KO  2
Apr  6 Mike Mastandre             New York, NY                     KO  3
Apr 14 Kenny Blackmar             New York, NY                     KO  1
Apr 20 Godfrey Howell             New York, NY                      D  4
Apr 28 Charley Ferguson           New York, NY                      L  6
May  4 Ed Lee                     New York, NY                     KO  4
May 12 Godfrey Howell             New York, NY                     KO  4
May 25 Lou Miller                 New York, NY                      D  6

1943
Jun 11 Gilbert Vasquez            New York, NY                     KO  1
Jun 16 Joe Curcio                 Elizabeth, NJ                    KO  4
Jun 24 Frankie Falco              New York, NY                     KO  5
Jul  8 Johnny Attelly             New York, NY                     KO  2
Jul 22 George Stevens             New York, NY                     KO  1
Jul 27 Randy Drew                 New York, NY                     KO  1
Aug 12 Charley McPherson          New York, NY                      W  6
Aug 20 Ted Apostoli               New York, NY                      W  4
Aug 24 Tony Grey                  New York, NY                     KO  6
Sep 10 Joe Agosta                 New York, NY                      L  6
Sep 21 Sonny Wilson               New York, NY                      W  8
Oct  5 Freddie Graham             New York, NY                     KO  1
Oct 13 Jimmy Williams             Elizabeth, NJ                    KO  2
Oct 27 Charley McPherson          Elizabeth, NJ                     D  6
Nov 12 Steve Riggio               New York, NY                      L  6
Nov 30 Freddie Graham             Jersey City, NJ                   W  8
Dec  6 Charley McPherson          New York, NY                      W  6
Dec 27 Milo Theodorescu           Newark, NJ                       KO  1

1944
Jan  4 Harry Gray                 Jersey City, NJ                   W  8
Jan  7 Jerry Pittro               New York, NY                     KO  1
Jan 18 Phil Enzenga               New York, NY                     KO  5
Feb  9 Steve Riggio               New York, NY                      L  6
Feb 24 Nick Calder                Highland Park, NJ               KO  4
          -Some sources report "Manny Morales"
Mar  4 Leon Anthony               New York, NY                     KO  1
Mar  8 Harry Gary                 Elizabeth, NJ                     W  6
Mar 14 Ray Rovelli                New York, NY                      W  8
Apr 10 Bobby Brown                Washington, DC                   KO  5
May  9 Freddy Graham              Washington, DC                   KO  3
May 29 Tommy Mollis               Washington, DC                   KO  7
Jun  7 Larney Moore               New York, NY                     KO  2
Jun 27 Frankie Terry              New York, NY                     KO  6
Jul 21 Tony Reno                  New York, NY                      W  8
Aug 14 Tony Fiorello              New York, NY                      W  8
Sep 15 Frankie Terry              New York, NY                      D  8
Oct  6 Danny Kapilow              New York, NY                      D 10
Oct 24 Bernie Miller              New York, NY                     KO  2
Nov  3 Harold Green               New York, NY                      L 10
Dec 22 Harold Green               New York, NY                      L 10

1945
Mar  9 Billy Arnold               New York, NY                     KO  3
Apr 17 Soloman Stewart            Washington, DC                   KO  4
May 25 Al Davis                   New York, NY                     KO  4
Jun 29 Freddie "Red" Cochrane     New York, NY                     KO 10
Aug 24 Freddie "Red" Cochrane     New York, NY                     KO 10
Sep 28 Harold Green               New York, NY                     KO  3

1946
Jan 18 Sonny Horne                New York, NY                      W 10
Mar 29 Marty Servo                New York, NY                     KO  2
Sep 27 Tony Zale                  New York, NY                     LK  6
          -Middleweight Championship of the World

1947
Jun 10 Eddie Finazzo              Memphis, Tn                      KO  1
Jun 16 Jerry Fiorello             Toledo, Oh                       KO  5
Jul 16 Tony Zale                  Chicago, Il                      KO  6
          -Middleweight Championship of the World

1948
Apr  5 Sonny Horne                Washington, DC                    W 10
Jun 10 Tony Zale                  Newark, NJ                       LK  3
          -Middleweight Championship of the World
Oct 10 Dom Youvella               Jersey City, NJ                  EX  5   

1949
Jun 21 Bobby Claus                Wilmington, De                   KO  2
Jul 18 Joe Agosta                 West Springfield, Ma             KO  2
Sep 14 Charlie Fusari             New York, NY                     KO 10
Dec  6 Sonny Horne                Cleveland, Oh                     W 10

1950
Mar  6 Joe Curcio                 Miami, Fl                        KO  1
Mar 31 Tony Janiro                New York, NY                      D 10
Apr 24 Danny Williams             New Haven, Ct                    KO  3
May  9 Vinnie Cidone              Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  3
May 16 Henry Brimm                New York, NY                     KO  4
Oct  4 Gene Burton                Chicago, Il                      KO  7
Oct 16 Pete Mead                  Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  3
Oct 27 Tony Janiro                New York, NY                      W 10
Nov 27 Honey Chile Johnson        Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  4

1951
Mar 19 Ruben Jones                Miami, Fl                        KO  3
May 21 Johnny Greco               Montreal, Que, Can               KO  3
Jun 18 Freddie Lott               Baltimore, Md                    KO  5
Jul 10 Cecil Hudson               Kansas City, Mo                  KO  3
Aug  6 Chuck Hunter               Boston, Ma                       WF  2
Sep 19 Tony Janiro                Detroit, Mi                      KO 10

1952
Feb 18 Eddie O'Neil               Louisville, Ky                   KO  4
Mar 27 Roy Wouters                Minneapolis, Mn                  KO  1
Apr 16 "Sugar" Ray Robinson       Chicago, Il                      LK  3
          -Middleweight Championship of the World
Sep 17 Chuck Davey                Chicago, Il                       L 10

1973
Mar  8 Tony Zale                  New York, NY                     EX   


Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization

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