Tony DeMarco

A hardscrabble battler in the welterweight division in the 1950s, capturing the world’s title and winning 58 bouts along the way.

With a style best called “direct,” Tony DeMarco scrapped his way to some 71 professional prizefights, coming out the victor in 58 of them, with 33 KOs to his credit.

Wins included victories over top contenders and champions like Paddy DeMarco, Teddy “Red Top” Davis, Chico Vejar and Don Jordan. The highlight of his career came in 1955, when he knocked out Johnny Saxton in the 14th round of their title bout, securing DeMarco the world’s welterweight belt.

DeMarco was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.