SI Vault
 
EPICS
Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
March 31, 1997
Two-time middleweight champ Tony Zale, who died last week at 83, had 87 fights, but he'll be best remembered for his three classics with Rocky Graziano. Here's a look at the series Red Smith called "the most two-sided fights ever."
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
March 31, 1997

Epics

View CoverRead All Articles View This Issue

Two-time middleweight champ Tony Zale, who died last week at 83, had 87 fights, but he'll be best remembered for his three classics with Rocky Graziano. Here's a look at the series Red Smith called "the most two-sided fights ever."

Sept. 27, 1946.
Zale drops Graziano in Round 1, goes down in the second, staggers to the wrong corner in the fifth but produces a stunning KO in the sixth.

July 16, 1947.
Graziano called it "a private war." Knocked down and cut, he storms back to stop Zale (below, left) with a 36-punch barrage in the sixth.

June 10, 1948.
Down in the first, Graziano rocks Zale in Round 2. Seesaw battle ends in the third when Zale KO's the Rock.

1