The Brockton Blockbuster signs loan document just seven months before his death.
Partly Printed DS: "Rocky Marciano
", 1p, 8½ x 13¾. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 1969
January 27. Commercial Promissory Note No. 27938 between Marciano and The
American National Bank and Trust Company of Fort Lauderdale for $5,000 at seven
The note was payable 91 days after the date of signing. World
Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1952-1956, Rocky Marciano (1923-1969) signed
this unsecured loan just seven months before he died in an airplane crash.
hard-punching Marciano began boxing while in the U.S. Army during WWII. Turning
professional in 1947, "The Brockton Blockbuster"
battled his way up to a championship
fight with then champ "Jersey Joe" Walcott on September 23, 1952. Down by points going into
the 13th round, Marciano needed a knockout to win the heavyweight crown; he smashed a
short, right-hand punch onto the chin of Walcott, knocking him unconscious and into the
former-champion category. Marciano's devastating right-hand became the most-feared
punch in boxing;
his aggressive tactics and ability to take a punch made him invincible during
his professional career.