By Maria Papadopoulos
An entire ocean separates John Cameron from the hometown of Rocky Marciano, but that isn’t stopping him from chronicling the late boxing legend’s life.
Cameron, 38, who resides in Kingsteignton, a small town in Devon, England, about 185 miles southwest of London, is writing a biography of Marciano, whom he calls his “undeniable hero.” He has titled the work“Redemption: The Life & Death of Rocky Marciano.”
“Marciano, my hero, deserves to have his story told in the most definitive way possible, not focusing merely on the moments that shine but on the whole of his remarkable life,” Cameron said in an e-mail to The Enterprise.
Cameron, a married father of three and grandfather of three, said he does not have a publisher yet.
He said he has spoken with Marciano’s son, Rocky Marciano Jr. of Florida, and he hopes to speak to more people who knew Marciano for his book.
“The aim of this work is to plant Marciano firmly back into the mind of the modern world by presenting his life as it was, no angles, no gimmicks, just the plain truth,” he said.
Marciano died in a plane crash in 1969 at the age of 45. He is the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated.