What If Joe Frazier Fought Rocky Marciano? Who better to answer the question of who would have won a Frazier vs Marciano showdown than our own Frank Lotierzo?
The two are legendary heavyweight champions who are both in the Canastota, New York International Boxing Hall of Fame. Marciano held the coveted world heavyweight title belt from September of 1952 until his last fight three years later in September of 1955. Frazier won the vacant world heavyweight title with a win over Buster Mathis in March of 1968 and he held the title through nine title defenses before losing the belt in January of 1973 to George Foreman. Part of Marciano’s legacy is founded on the fact that he retired undefeated and never came back, while Frazier fought on after losing his title, failing in three subsequent attempts to regain the belt.
Both men would be considered small heavyweights by modern standards but both men brought knockout power and heaps of guts to everyone of their fights and experts agree that they would be a tough out for anyone on any given night. For this discussion, the conversation centers around a meeting between the Joe Frazier of March 8th, 1971 (the night he defeated Muhammad Ali to retain his world title) taking on the Rocky Marciano of September 23rd, 1952 (the day he defeated “Jersey” Joe Walcott to become heavyweight champion of the world).
Here, Lotierzo looks at the potential behind a Frazier vs Marciano match-up. You can bet that Lotierzo, who packs more than five decades of experience around boxing both in and out of the ring, has thought about this match-up before. Do not miss what he has to say right here at TBC.
For more analysis by Frank Lotierzo, check out “Lotierzo Looks at the Super Flyweight Division (115 LBS).”
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