Rocky Graziano

August 21, 2010 by staff 

Rocky Graziano, Rocky Graziano was one of the greatest fighters knockout in the history of professional boxing.

Thomas Rocco Barbella, or Rocky, was born on January 1, 1919 in Brooklyn, New York. He was most famous for his ability to knockout his opponent with a single lethal blow.

Rocco Barbella’s name sounds like the latest film by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa. As a matter of fact may be considered the film loosely based on the true story of Rocky Graziano. There are many similarities between real history and reel, as both fighters come from an Italian origin and they are popularly known as Rocky. The first Rocky film series is considered one of the best films of all time.

Another movie based on the life of Rocky Graziano was the 1956 Oscar-winning “Up There Likes Me.” Rocky Graziano’s character was played by Paul Newman. The Oscars won by the film include Best Cinematography (B & W) and Best Art Direction.

The real Rocky was the son of a boxer known as “Fighting Bob Nick ‘. When he was three years his father made him fight his older brother almost every day for his two children could get an idea of the game Boxing. But Rocky had a troubled childhood.

Rocky was sentenced to jail many times, and the rest of the time spent in nursing homes and Catholic schools reform. He began his amateur boxing career in 1939 when he participated and won the New York Metropolitan Amateur Athletic Union Boxing Competition.

In his career, Rocky appears in 83 fights and won 67 of them while losing 10. He became the middleweight champion in 1947. His rivalry with Tony Zale is one of the most famous rivalry in boxing history.

For his boxing talent, Graziano was inducted into the Hall of Fame International Boxing and was named one of the greatest Punchers of all time by Ring magazine.

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