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Born on September 1, 1923 in the north side of Brockton, Massachusetts, Rocco Francis Marchegiano was an Italian-American boxer, the World Heavyweight Champion from September 1952 to April 1956, and the only boxer to hold the heavyweight title and go untied and undefeated throughout his career. His father, Pierino Marchegiano, was from Ripa Teatina, Abruzzo, while his mother, Pasqualina Picciuto, was from San Bartolomeo in Galdo, Campania. Rocky had three sisters: AliceConcetta and Elizabeth, and two brothers—Peter, whom they called Sonny, and Louis. He dropped out of (more)

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