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CANASTOTA, NY –OCTOBER 11, 2021 - 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.

DeMarco with Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Micky Ward at the 2019 HOF Weekend
The Class of 2019 (left to right) - Atlas, Elbaum, Samuels, Jackson, Curry, DeMarco & Jutras
Welterweight champions DeMarco and Carmen Basilio reunite in Canastota
DeMarco acknowledges the crowd at the 2019 Banquet of Champions
DeMarco rings the bell to kick off the start of the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
DeMarco signs autographs for his many fans on the Hall of Fame Grounds
DeMarco introduced at the 2019 Hall of Fame Fight Night at Turning Stone
DeMarco delivers remarks at the Official 2019 Induction Ceremony
DeMarco proudly poses in front of the Hall of Fame logo
DeMarco on the dais moments before accepting his gold Hall of Fame ring
DeMarco enjoys the Parade of Champions with his wife Dottie.
DeMarco proudly puts on his gold Hall of Fame ring
DeMarco and his wife Dottie take photo by the Hall of Fame logo
Buddy McGirt, DeMarco, Vinny Paz and "Sugar" Shane Mosley having fun at the 2019 Banquet of Champions
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