Joe Marciano

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Joe Marciano
Born 1954
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Other names The Blond Bomber
Nationality United States American
Height 1.74 metres (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Division Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight
Style Kickboxing, Boxing
Fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Team U.S. Fitness Club
Trainer Bert Rodriguez
Rank      black belt in Kickboxing
Years active 1977-1986 (martial arts)
Kickboxing record
Total 29
Wins 19
By knockout 9
Losses 10
By knockout 2
Amateur career
Total 43
Wins 42
By knockout 7
Losses 1
Other information
Occupation Professional kickboxer, amateur boxer

Joe Marciano is a retired kickboxer from South Florida who, in the 1980s, fought four world kickboxing champions: Mike Bell (Lightweight), Yoel Judah (Welterweight), Howard Jackson (Welterweight), and Steve Shepherd (Middleweight).[1]

Amateur boxing career[edit]

Marciano was undefeated in 42 straight amateur boxing matches in South Florida from 1977-1979. In 1979, after losing a 3-round decision in North Miami, Florida, he retired from boxing.

Amateur boxing record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Event Location
Win United StatesRichard Merrill PTS 1977 3 West Palm Beach, Florida
Win United StatesCleveland Harris PTS 1977 3 North Miami, Florida
Win United StatesJeffrey Waith PTS 1977 3 Hollywood, Florida
Win United StatesLeothan Gibson TKO 1977 2 Miami, Florida
Win United StatesLeothan Gibson TKO 1978 2 North Miami, Florida
Win United StatesBill Saunders PTS 1978 3 North Miami, Florida
Win United StatesTerrance Brown PTS 1978 3 North Miami, Florida

Professional kickboxing career[edit]

Marciano, a third degree Black Belt, was rated in the top-20 of the world superlightweight ranks in 1984-1985. In the September 1985 issue of Official Karate Magazine, Marciano was rated 20th in the world in the 135.1-140 pound weight division of the STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings. His 1985 record was listed as 18 wins (8 by knockout), and 10 defeats.

Marciano began his career under the training of Dania, Florida Sensi Bert Rodriguez. Rodriguez ran the U.S. Fitness Center in Dania, Florida and many of the top South Florida kickboxers trained there.

Marciano had a "straight ahead" style of fighting. He moved in to his opponnent and started throwing punches and kicks; rarely taking a backward step.

With his blonde hair,lean build, and exciting fighting style, Marciano developed a large local following in the Miami-Dade and Broward Countries of South Florida.

After compiling a string of knockouts, Marciano fought WKA welterweight world champion Howard Jackson in a non-title bout. Marciano lost the decision, but went on to fight three other world champions. He lost a decision to welterweight king Yoel Judah, and on July 8, 1983, Marciano lost by 2nd round kick-knockout to former undisputed world middleweight champion Steve Shepherd in Miami,FL.

In 1979, Marciano fought future world lightweight champion Mike Bell in West Palm Beach, Florida,.[2] and lost by technical knockout. In March 1980, Marciano lost a decision to prospect Richard "Action" Jackson.[3]

In 1985, Marciano lost a decision to 12th rated Super-Lightweight contender Mark Gurley of Rockledge, Florida.

Following the loss to Shepherd, Marciano retired. However, he launched a comeback a year later; winning 3-straight matches including a victory over David "Wild Man" Ruiz in California.

On April 5, 1986, Joe Marciano knocked out undefeated point-karate champion Mike Fernandez in West Palm Beach, FL in 1 round.[4] Following the match, Marciano said, " You're only as good as your last fight." With those parting words, Marciano retired.

Kickboxing Record(STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings verified matches courtesy of Paul Maslak)[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
Win 19-10-0 United StatesMike Fernandez KO April 5, 1986 1 West Palm Beach, Florida Full-Contact: Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 18-10-0 United StatesDavid "Wild Man" Ruiz PTS 1985 5 California Kickboxing
Loss 17-10-0 United StatesMark Gurley PTS 1985 5 Florida Full-Contact
Loss 17-9-0 United StatesGary Garner PTS Jul 06, 1984 7 West Palm Beach, Florida Kickboxing: Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Loss 17-8-0 United StatesSteve Shepherd KKO Aug 19, 1983 2 Hollywood, Florida Kickboxing: Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Loss 17-7-0 United StatesClark Hare PTS Nov 6, 1982 7 West Palm Beach, Florida Full-Contact: Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 17-6-0 United StatesClarence Jackson KO September 18, 1982 3 Gainesville, Florida Full-Contact: Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Win 16-6-0 United StatesLouie Bennett PTS August 7, 1982 5 North Miami, Florida Full-Contact: Match verified by STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings
Loss 15-6-0 United StatesRichard "Action" Jackson PTS March 1980 5 West Palm Beach, Florida Full-Contact
Loss 15-5-0 United StatesMike Bell TKO May 26, 1979 4 West Palm Beach, Florida Full-Contact
Loss 15-4-0 United StatesYoel Judah PTS 5 Kickboxing
Loss 15-3-0 United StatesHoward Jackson PTS 9 Kickboxing
Win United StatesReggie Moore PTS 1979 5 North Miami, Florida Full-Contact
Win CubaReinaldo Triana TKO 1978 2 North Miami, Florida Full-Contact
Win United StatesRonnie Flores TKO 1978 2 North Miami, Florida Full-Contact
Win United StatesLorenzo Hernandez TKO 1978 1 North Miami, Florida Full-Contact
Win United StatesBabe Salcido TKO 1978 1 North Miami, Florida Full-Contact
Win United StatesHector Martinez TKO 1978 1 North Miami Beach, Florida Full-Contact
Win United StatesIgnacio Quijano TKO 1978 2 North Miami, Florida Full-Contact
Win United StatesAlfredo Navarro TKO 1978 1 North Miami, Florida Full-Contact

Personal life[edit]

Marciano is a graduate of Florida International University.

He worked briefly as an actor, appearing in the movie Fights To The Finish.[5] Marciano was later involved in the music business.[6]

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