12 April 2009

Silver Bells and Cockell Shells

On this day in 1955, British heavyweight champion, Don Cockell, arrived in New York aboard the RMS Queen Mary. He would soon head to the West Coast where he was slated to fight Rocky Marciano for the world heavyweight title. The bout would go nine rounds, with Marciano winning by a technical knock-out--which would be contested by the British Boxing Board of Control who thought Rocky didn't fight fair. Cockell himself, however, never made any complaints. His opponent said of him, "He's got a lot of guts. I don't think I ever hit anyone any more often or harder." Ouch.


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