The heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano fought two celebrated boxing fights against Ezzard Charles. The first match took place on 17 June, 1954 and the second on 17 September, 1954. In the rematch, Marciano was caught with an elbow and suffered a split nose. The fight was in danger of being stopped but Marciano fought on, seemingly undisturbed by the cut. He won over Charles in the 8th round. That split nose helped create the legend of »the Rock«.
Gelatin silver print, print date: 1970s
Image dimensions 20 x 25,5 cm (20 x 25,5 inch)
Object dimensions 20,2 x 26 cm (20,2 x 26 inch)
Double weight paper, matte surface
Handwritten annotated twice »Osvaldo Salas, decada de 50« and further annotation in pencil on the reverse
Salas und Salas, »Kuba. Eine Revolution in Bildern«, 2004, p. 13 (detail); Most famous nose in sport: Will Rocky's mended beak stand a Sunday punch?, in: LIFE magazine, March 7 1955, vol. 38, no. 10, p. 118ff.
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