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A CHAMPION PROVES HIS GREATNESS
Budd Schulberg
October 03, 1955
Rocky Marciano has never met a cleverer, more determined and more dangerous opponent than Archie Moore. In battering, wearing down and finally breaking his challenger, he firmly established himself as a man of incomparable virtues
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October 03, 1955

A Champion Proves His Greatness

Rocky Marciano has never met a cleverer, more determined and more dangerous opponent than Archie Moore. In battering, wearing down and finally breaking his challenger, he firmly established himself as a man of incomparable virtues

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Rocky talks more plainly. He didn't enjoy the fight. He just wanted to win it, as he has every one of his 49 battles. The experts still fault him for his lack of finesse, but right now we see him, a year or two hence, as the only American heavyweight champion ever to retire without a defeat. The old-timers talk of Sullivan and Jeffries and Dempsey. We may have another such immortal slugger in our midst. Are we too close to his shortcomings to recognize his incomparable virtues?

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