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54 Years Without Marciano.


Rocky Marciano was a legendary boxer who became the world heavyweight champion in 1952 and retired undefeated in 1956. He was known for his power, stamina, and relentless style of fighting. He died tragically in a plane crash on August 31, 1969, the day before his 46th birthday.

Marciano was traveling from Chicago to Des Moines, Iowa, where he was supposed to attend a surprise birthday party and give a speech in support of his friend’s son. He was accompanied by his family friend Frankie Farrell and the pilot Glenn Belz, who was not experienced with night flying or bad weather. The plane they were flying was a Cessna 172, a small single-engine aircraft.

As they approached Des Moines, they encountered a storm system that made visibility and landing difficult. Belz decided to divert to Newton, a nearby town with a smaller airport. However, he failed to find the runway and lost control of the plane. The plane crashed into a corn field and hit a lone oak tree, killing all three passengers instantly.

The news of Marciano’s death shocked the boxing world and his fans. He was widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time and a symbol of courage and perseverance. His record of 49 wins and no losses remains unmatched in the history of heavyweight boxing. He was buried in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he lived with his wife and two children.

Marciano’s legacy lives on in the hearts of many people who admire his achievements and his character. He is remembered as a humble and generous man who always helped others in need. He is also an inspiration for many aspiring boxers who want to follow his footsteps and reach the pinnacle of their sport. Marciano’s life and death are a testament to the glory and tragedy of boxing.


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