Rocky Holliday

About This Inductee

Rocky Holliday, born in Kingston, PA in 1945, learned the art of street fighting early on in his life as he overcame adversity at four different orphanages in Pennsylvania. Rocky was known in the professional boxing world as a tough nosed journeyman fighter who would enter the ring anywhere, anytime and with anybody. Holliday’s boxing career started in the United States Marines. He had a professional record of 33 wins, 13 losses and 2 draws. Rocky fought some of the best in the middleweight division. He had a victory over Danny “Moe” Perez, who was ranked fifth Junior Middleweight in the world. He went the distance with Pepe Riccatelli and Jimmy McDermott, who both held the New England Light Heavyweight Championships at one time. Rocky lost a close fight in Orland, Florida, to Irish Gene Wells, who was the 156 pound Southern United States Champion. Rocky boxed in an era where boxers were paid very poorly; his biggest purse came when he fought Jean Mateo in Paris, France for $2,000.00. Rocky was recruited by both Dick Tiger and Emile Griffith, both Middleweight Champions of the World as their chief sparring partner when fighting for their titles. Holliday at one time was trained by the great Charlie Goldman, who also trained Rocky Marciano. Rocky boxed professionally from 1964 through 1979. Rocky now lives with his wife Barbara and daughter Jessica in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, where he has a hot dog vending business.