Lineal Middleweight Champs Since 1941

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Rocky Graziano
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Rocky Graziano

1947-1948

One of the most popular fighters of all time, Graziano overcame a troubled youth on New York's Lower East Side to become middleweight champion with a sixth-round stoppage of Tony Zale in the second of their three meetings. His life story was the basis of the 1956 film Somebody Up There Likes Me.


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