North End resident and famous boxer Tony DeMarco, known in the boxing world as “The Flame and Fury of Fleet Street”, will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June 2019.
Among other victories, DeMarco is famous for defeating New Jersey’s Johnny Saxton in 1955 for the world welterweight championship. At the age of 86, he is the oldest living former world champion.
Tony DeMarco grew up in the North End and is honored with a statue on the corner of Cross and Hanover Streets. He also has his own street named after him, Tony DeMarco Way, that runs on Fleet Street perpendicular to Atlantic Avenue. DeMarco continues to play an active role in the community and is featured in the North End Historical Society’s film Boston’s North End: An Italian American Story.
Tony DeMarco expressed his excitement in being chosen as an inductee telling Boston Boxing, “I think of my colleagues in the New England boxing scene from the 1950s like Rocky Marciano and rivals like Carmen Basillio who are already honored there and I look forward to the recognition of being acknowledged among them in the Hall of Fame. I thank my family, friends and countless supporters who have rallied to see this moment happen.”
Induction weekend will take place June 6-9, 2019 at the International Boxing Hall of Fame headquarters in Canastota, NY.