Tony DeMarco Obituary Tony DeMarco, the wild-swinging Boston brawler who won the world welterweight title in 1955, kicked the bucket Monday morning at age 89, as indicated by various sources.
The news was first broken by advertiser Russell Peltz on Twitter. No reason for death was declared.
Conceived Leonardo Liotta on January 14, 1932, the 16-year-old from Boston’s North End expected the name of his companion in 1948 to bypass the 18-year-advanced age necessity to turn proficient. His profession traversed 14 years, finishing with a record of (58-12-1, 33 knockouts) and acquiring him acceptance into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2019. DeMarco had his first significant move forward in February of 1955, drawing with lightweight hero Jimmy Carter in a non-title battle.
After two months, DeMarco took out Johnny Saxton in 14 rounds to win the welterweight title at Boston Garden. DeMarco, a characteristic lefty who boxed out of a conventional position, exchanged punches at short proximity with the New Jersey local from start to finish.
“I felt an aggravation in my right hand. I changed to southpaw, which was normal for me. I began hitting him with left snares and uppercuts: blast, blast, blast,” DeMarco told ESPN in 2008.
A left snare and a right hand sent Saxton through the ropes, however he beat the count. Saxton was helpless as he was pulverized in the corner until the ref halted the battle.