Great news from Ted Sares, who reports Boston’s North End neighborhood has honored former welterweight champion Tony DeMarco with a six-foot bronze statue. The 80-year-old DeMarco is best known for his two legendary battles with Carmen Basilio.
[T]he six-foot bronze statute is located atop a platform at the corner of Cross and Hanover streets in Boston’s famed North End, and captures the pose of Tony’s famous left hook. Reportedly, the campaign to erect the statue was years in the making, but got on a fast track last November when the Privitera Family Charitable Foundation—headed by president Philip J. Privitera and his father, chairman Francis D. Privitera—agreed to fund the effort spearheaded by Bill Spadafora of the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame. Fittingly, the statue will now go with a street named after Tony in the North End which is perpendicular to Atlantic Avenue and is named “Tony DeMarco Way.”