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 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