Zale vs Graziano

Zale vs Graziano

Tony Zale, an American boxer of Polish descent, fought a total of three matches for the middleweight world title against Rocky Graziano, an American boxer of Italian descent. The first match was held on 27 September 1946 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, and Tony Zale, the “Man of Steel,” won the fight by KO in the sixth round. The rematch, on 16 July 1947 in Chicago Stadium, went to Graziano by technical KO in the sixth round. Zale won the third and deciding fight, held on 10 June 1948 in Ruppert Stadium, by KO in the third round.

The fights between Zale and Graziano in 1946 and 1947 were each selected by The Ring Magazine as Fight of the Year.

Zale had a boxing record of 67 wins (including 45 by KO) in 87 fights, with 18 losses and 2 draws. Graziano’s boxing record also shows 67 wins (of which 52 were by KO) in 83 fights, with 10 losses and 6 draws.

Zale and Graziano were both inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.

Zale vs Graziano
Stanley Weston
Oil on canvas, mounted to cardboard
30” x 22”

This artwork appeared on the cover of The Ring Magazine in February 1947.