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Groundbreaking For Rocky Marciano Statue In Brockton

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Officials broke ground on a 20-foot-tall statue of Brockton boxing legend, Rocky Marciano.

Officials broke ground on a 20-foot-tall statue of Brockton boxing legend, Rocky Marciano.

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BROCKTON (CBS) – Organizers broke ground Saturday on a statue to honor Brockton-born boxing legend Rocky Marciano.

At nearly 20 feet tall and weighing 4,000 pounds, it will be the largest statue to a boxer ever commissioned.

The World Boxing Council has committed close to $250,000 to erect the statue as a gift to the champ’s hometown.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

Rocky Marciano remains the only Heavy Weight Champion to retire undefeated.

The statue will capture Marciano landing his knock-out punch against Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952.

Statue dedication is slated for September 2012.

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