Rocky Marciano Statue Unveiled Sept. 23rd at Brockton High School
Brockton High School’s Rocky Marciano was packed with 7,000 Brocktonians, boxing legends and fans, and members of the Marciano family September 23rd for the unveiling of a 22-foot, 2-ton statue honoring the late, great Rocky Marciano, the only heavyweight to go undefeated. Marciano, a Boxing Hall of Famer who died in 1969, was one of Brockton’s favorite sons.
“The statue is a great asset to the City of Brockton and a fitting tribute to our native son, Rocky Marciano,” said Mayor Linda M. Balzotti. “The statue highlights an important part of Brockton’s history and serves as a reminder of the success that comes as a result of hard work.”
Boxing legend Larry Holmes and promoter Don King joined World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman and local boxing heroes Mickey Ward, Vinny Pazienza and Vito Antuofermo, among others. Marciano’s son, Rocky Marciano, Jr., his sisters, brothers and extended family all took part, as well.
The “Brockton Blockbuster” now stands guard over the entrance to his alma mater, Brockton High School, and the 5,000-seat football stadium that bears his name. A gift to the city by the World Boxing Council, the Marciano Statue is believed to be world’s largest statue of an athlete.
Rocky Marciano was the reigning heavyweight champion of the world from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. Marciano’s career statistics bear the test of time: 49 straight wins, 43 by knock-out. Marciano died in a plane crash just shy of his 46th birthday in 1969.
The 2-ton statue depicts the fighter landing a knockout punch against Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952, when the champ won the heavyweight title. Designed by Sculptors Mario Rendon and Victor Gutierrez, the statue is made of fiberglass and polyester resin, which has a bronze appearance. The World Boxing Council donated the $250,000 monument to the city. The statue is the centerpiece of a new Champions Park at Brockton High School; the beautifully landscaped area will include benches, a reflecting area and a plaque to Marciano’s longtime trainer, Allie Colombo.
Marciano’s impact on his home is still visible more than four decades after his death, residents say.
“The important thing about this statue, in addition to its importance to boxing and sports, is what it symbolizes,” said Larry Siskind, chairman of the Rocky Marciano Statue Committee. “It symbolizes dedication and family values, a rejuvenation of the great spirit of Brockton, and of hope for the future.”