The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of welterweight champion Tony DeMarco, who passed away today in Boston. He was 89.
“Tony DeMarco was one of the standout stars of the Golden 50s and provided so many thrilling moments during his legendary career,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame offers our condolences to his family and joins the boxing world in mourning his passing.”
The fighting pride of Boston, MA, DeMarco turned pro in 1948 at the age of 16 and beat many top lightweights and welterweights of the era including Paddy DeMarco, Teddy “Red Top” Davis, Chris Christensen and Pat Manzi before stopping Johnny Saxton (TKO 14) to become welterweight king in 1955. His two 1955 bouts with Canastota’s Carmen Basilio are among the greatest in 147-pound history and their second battle earned “Fight of the Year” honors. DeMarco retired in 1962 with a record of 58-12-1 (33 KOs) that includes wins over Kid Gavilan, Wallace “Bud” Smith, Vince Martinez, Gaspar Ortega and Don Jordan among others.
In 2019, DeMarco was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Statement on the Passing of Tony DeMarco
Everyone at Boston Boxing Promotions is profoundly sad to learn of the passing of former welterweight champion Tony DeMarco (58-12-1, 33 KO’s) of Boston’s famed North End.
A legendary Hall of Fame career that was highlighted by a welterweight title reign and Ring Magazine “Fight of the Year” in 1955, Demarco was a staple at Boston Boxing Promotions events signing copies of his memoir and taking pictures with fans of all ages. His folklore in the Boston sports scene was well established – it’s not often you get to know anyone who’s likeness has already been immortalized with a statue. As tenacious as Demarco was in his boxing career, he was as gregarious outside the ring and beyond.
In his final major moment on the boxing world’s stage, Demarco was rightfully inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2019 in Canastota, New York – the final class of Hall of Famers that saw a proper induction weekend and ceremony prior to the the pandemic stalling inductees for a couple of years.
Our condolences go out to his friends and family and his loving wife Dorothy, his constant companion.
“The Flame and Fury of Fleet Street,” as Demarco was known, cannot possibly be extinguished. His legacy will live on forever. Rest in Peace, Tony.
Boston Boxing Promotions