CANASTOTA, NY – MARCH 29, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today 1950s welterweight champion Tony DeMarco will return to Canastota for festivities planned for the 24th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 6-9th.
“During the 1950s, Tony DeMarco provided boxing fans with many memorable moments that are still talked about today,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are very excited about welcoming him back to Canastota for the big weekend.”
The fighting pride of Boston, MA, DeMarco was born January 14, 1932. He turned pro in 1948 and captured the world welterweight title from Johnny Saxton in 1955. During his career, DeMarco fought eight world champions and registered wins over Paddy DeMarco, Wallace “Bud” Smith, Kid Gavilan and Don Jordan among others. He also defeated top contenders Chico Vejar and Gaspar Ortega. DeMarco retired in 1962 with a professional record of 58-12-1 (33 KOs).
DeMarco will be one of the featured stars at the Night of Welterweight Warriors on Friday, June 7th. Additional events planned for the weekend include a banquet, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2013. Inductees include two-division champion Arturo “Thunder” Gatti (posthumous), five-time world champion Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill and two-time light flyweight champion Myung-Woo Yuh in the Modern category; “Let’s Get It On” referee Mills Lane, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. and journalist Colin Hart. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer, Pioneer, Non-Participant and Observer categories will also be honored.
An impressive list of over 40 boxing stars from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities including Marvelous Marvin Hagler, “Irish” Micky Ward, James “Buddy” McGirt, Pipino Cuevas, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, Julian Jackson, Wayne McCullough, Lucia Rijker, Mia St. John, Gerry Cooney and Gasper Ortega.