The Marciano-Walcott shot is one of the greatest pics in boxing history. It was the 13th round of their first championship fight. Marciano was clearly losing — and he won with a knockout with this single punch.
Walcott later said that he never saw the punch coming. The two had headbutted early in the fight. Just before this punch, Walcott had pulled back from a Marciano punch, and some blood had dripped into his left eye. So, when Rocky threw the right hook, Jersey Joe did nothing to pull away from the full impact.
Jersey Joe later said, “Had I seen it coming, I would have pulled back. Rocky threw the punch so hard, he likely would have spun himself around and fallen to the canvas, too tired to get back up.
By the way, Jersey Joe lost the rematch to Rocky in the second round of the fight.
I was thinking about that same punch as I scrolled down and saw your post. That is my all time favorite knockout. Jersey Joe was giving Marciano all he could handle until Rocky landed the punch that won him the fight. It’s too bad we don’t have many men like this in boxing today.