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When Rocky visited Amsterdam

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Former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano was 35 when he visited Amsterdam for two public appearances on Sunday, November 9, 1958. Born Rocco Francis Marchegiano in Brockton, Mass., Marciano won 49 consecutive professional fights, 43 by knockout. He held the title from 1952 to 1956, defended it six times and retired undefeated. St. Michael’s Holy Name Society invited Marciano to Amsterdam for what was called a sports smoker. St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, now a ...

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