Rocky Graziano vs Tony Zale III

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Rocky Graziano vs Tony Zale III
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Date: 
Thursday, June 10, 1948
Location: 
Ruppert Stadium, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
15
Contracted Weight: 
160
Titles at Stake: 
NBA Middleweight World Championship
Referee: 
Paul Cavalier

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The fight had been postponed one day because of rain.
Graziano was a 12 to 5 favorite.
There was a crowd of 21,497 at Ruppert Stadium.
The gross gate was $335,646, radio rights were $45,000, and movie rights were $25,000. Television was banned by the promoters.
Graziano was assured a purse of $120,000 and Zale $60,000.
Zale decked Graziano with a left hook for a 3-count in the first round. Graziano was hurt by a right in the second round but came back and hurt Zale with his own right. In the third round, Zale dropped Graziano for a seven-count with a left hook. Shortly after getting up, Graziano was knocked cold by a left hook to the jaw and counted out.
Zale became the third boxer to regain the World Middleweight Championship. Stanley Ketchel and Al Hostak were the other two.




Fan Cards: Rocky Graziano vs Tony Zale III


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROCKY GRAZIANO
8
10
18
TONY ZALE
10
9
19


scorecard by NARUTO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROCKY GRAZIANO
8
10
18
TONY ZALE
10
9
19


scorecard by BOXING PURIST
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROCKY GRAZIANO
8
10
18
TONY ZALE
10
9
19


scorecard by WHAT_IS_THE_DEFAULT_PASSWORD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROCKY GRAZIANO
8
10
18
TONY ZALE
10
9
19


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROCKY GRAZIANO
8
10
18
TONY ZALE
10
9
19


Comments

what_is_the_default_password's picture

Zale had a monster left hook, it was the catalyst and conclusion of every single knockdown and knockout in this fight.

Round 1's knockdown was caused by a leaping left hook. Absolutely stunning in slow-motion.

Graziano rallied back valiantly in round 2.

Round 3's knockdown was started with a left hook which landed when Graziano was against the ropes, it badly wobbled him. Graziano tried to get away but Zale pummeled his body then put him down with another left hook.

Against all odds, Graziano got up but he was spent. Zale finished him off with a right to the body, and then, you guessed it, a left hook to the chin.

A dramatic conclusion to their trilogy.