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    Default R.I.P. Roland LaStarza

    Former heavyweight title challenger Roland E. LaStarza, 82, of Port Orange, Florida died Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at the Hospice Care Center, Port Orange.

    Mr. LaStarza, an Army veteran of World War II, was born in Bronx, New York and moved to the area in 1973 from Los Angeles, California. He enjoyed acting and appeared in several episodes of the television show The Gallant Men. He also enjoyed flying, playing pool and reading.

    Survivors include one son, Mark LaStarza, M.D. of Ormond Beach; one daughter, Amy Farmwald of Port Orange and five grandchildren.
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    Default Re: R.I.P. Roland LaStarza

    LaStarza fought 66 professional bouts from July 7, 1947 to May 8, 1961. His career record was 57-9-0 (27). The most important fight of LaStarza's career was a world heavyweight championship bout, and a rematch, against Marciano on September 24, 1953. La Starza fought Marciano on even terms for the first six rounds but began to tire afterwards. Referee Ruby Goldstein stopped the fight in an eleventh round TKO as Marciano battered La Starza relentlessly. This was La Starza's first fight (out of 53) when he was stopped.

    After his boxing career LaStarza appeared on television in a number of stereotypical tough-guy roles. His biggest break was a regular role as Pvt. Ernie Lucavich on the short-lived World War II series The Gallant Men. He also did guest appearances on various shows including 77 Sunset Strip, The Wild Wild West and Perry Mason. He even showed up in a couple episodes of the campy Batman series of the 1960s, and appeared in a few movies such as Point Blank (1967) and The Outfit (1973).
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    Default Re: R.I.P. Roland LaStarza

    Rip

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    Default Re: R.I.P. Roland LaStarza

    R.I.P - I read that he was unlucky not to get the decision in the 1st Marciano fight

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    Default Re: R.I.P. Roland LaStarza

    Quote Originally Posted by BIG H View Post
    R.I.P - I read that he was unlucky not to get the decision in the 1st Marciano fight

    It was a close one. He could fight.
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    Default Re: R.I.P. Roland LaStarza

    Yes it was true from I've read also. He was robbed against Marciano in the first fight and should have won. The second fight I have in my VHS archives somewhere I remember looking at his expression when the ref stopped it "Are you serious". A very tough, game fighter R.I.P.

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    Default Re: R.I.P. Roland LaStarza

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw3KeG2du4o


    Ok nevermind it was a different fight I was thinking of.

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    Default Re: R.I.P. Roland LaStarza

    In ther second fight, Marciano hit Ronad in every exposed part of his upper body eventually breaking down his arms. Then he destroyed him and sent him to the hospital with badly injured arms, shoulders, and elbows. It was a savage beating.
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    R.I.P Champ, you had a fantastic career and will remembered for a very long time.
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    "If you sit there and watch a person take about an hour to tie his shoestrings, then you realize that whatever problems you got ain't that significant." Vernon Forrest

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    Great Fighter, Great Life, RIP
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    Great Fighter Great Heart R.I.P. Roland

    There was once a rumor that Roland was a ballet dancer in his younger days dont know if it was true .
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