Don Cockell was a British professional boxer who fought during the 1940s and 1950s. He was born on September 22, 1928, in London and died on April 21, 1997.

Early Life

Cockell's family moved to Kent when he was young, and he began his boxing career at the age of 16. He quickly rose through the ranks of amateur boxing and turned professional in 1945.

Professional Boxing Career

Cockell had an impressive professional career that spanned over a decade. In total, he fought in over 70 fights, winning more than half of them by knockout.

One of his most famous fights was against Rocky Marciano in San Francisco in May 1955. Marciano knocked out Cockell with a devastating blow in the ninth round to retain his world heavyweight title.

Despite this loss, Cockell continued to fight until his retirement in July 1958. He finished with a record of 51 wins (30 by knockout), 13 losses, and two draws.

Personal Life

After retiring from boxing, Cockell owned several businesses before eventually settling into life as a publican. He passed away at the age of 68 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for many years.


Although he never won a world championship title, Don Cockell is remembered as one of Britain's greatest boxers. His aggressive style and strong punching made him popular with fans throughout his career.