When: Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 1 p.m.
Where: Corner of Hanover St. and Cross St., North End, Boston MA
The pride of the North End, Tony DeMarco, “The Flame and Fury of Fleet Street,” the former undisputed Welterweight Champion of the World, will be on hand to witness the unveiling of his statue on Saturday, October 20th at 1:00 p.m. in Boston’s North End. The ceremony will take place at the site of the statue at the corner of Hanover Street and Cross Street, the Gateway to the North End.
Commissioned by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Privitera Family Charitable Foundation, and with the cooperation of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Tony DeMarco statue is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest and most beloved athletes ever to come out of the city of Boston.
Created by renowned sculptor Harry Weber, whose body of work includes the iconic Bobby Orr and Doug Flutie statues, the new Tony DeMarco statue pays homage to the man who grew up on Fleet Street in Boston’s North End and won the undisputed Welterweight Championship of the World with his defeat of Johnny Saxton at the Boston Garden on April 1, 1955. His epic battles with Carmen Basilio are considered two of the ten greatest matches in boxing history. Over the course of his very successful career, Tony DeMarco fought eight World Champions.
At 80 years young, Tony DeMarco is both thrilled and humbled by the statue in his honor. He commented, “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that all of this would happen to me. I am very grateful and have been very blessed.” He is particularly pleased that his statue will be placed at the Gateway to the North End as, “This is the neighborhood that I grew up in. I have always been greatly supported by friends and family in this neighborhood.”
The public is invited to attend the ceremonies for the unveiling of the DeMarco statue, where remarks will be made by dignitaries and members of the boxing world. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, Tony DeMarco will take the podium to speak to his family, friends and fans in attendance.