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The Boston Bomber Tony DeMarco, Italian World Welterweight Champion, Dies at 89

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

Boston, MA (October 14th, 2021)– The boxing world has lost an all-time. Hall of Fame great in Italian Paddy DeMarco.

 Former World Welterweight champion Italian Tony “The Boston Bomber” DeMarco, also known as Leonardo Liotta, age 89, 58-12-1, 33 knockouts, Boston, Massachusetts, boxing between 1948 and 1962, passed away on October 11, 2021.

 DeMarco, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2019, is best remembered for stopping Johnny Saxton in the fourteenth round in April 1955 to win the title. DeMarco later became a liquor salesman, operated a cocktail lounge in Phoenix, Arizona, and was a security guard at the Massachusetts statehouse. His November 1955 bout with Carmen Basilio was Ring Magazine’s Fight of the Year for 1955. Tony wrote the book “Memoirs of a Boxing Champion”. Tony DeMarco was not related to Brooklyn’s World Lightweight champion Paddy DeMarco who boxed between 1943 and 1959.




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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.