Date: Thursday, August 18, 2011
Time: Approximately 8:45 p.m.
Place: Madonna del Soccorso “Fisherman’s Feast”, Fleet St. & Lewis St., North End, Boston MA
Many people know him as “The Champ” or simply as Tony. Some know him as Nardo because his birth name is Leonardo Liotta.
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 named Man of the Year at the Madonna del Soccorso “Fisherman’s Feast” on Thursday, August 18th between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place on Fleet Street & Lewis Street in Boston’s North End.
In conjunction with this great honor, Tony has chosen to release his autobiography, Nardo, Memoirs of a Boxing Champion, at the same event. ATS Communications, the media company handling the publicity for the book, along with Legas Publishing are pleased to announce that Tony DeMarco will be available to personally sign copies of his book at the Madonna del Soccorso “Fisherman’s Feast” immediately after the festivities honoring him on Thursday night.
Tony chose to release his book in the North End because: “This is the neighborhood that I grew up in. I have always been greatly supported by friends and family in this neighborhood.
This is where I want my book to be released. These are the people that I love.”
Nardo, Memoirs of a Boxing Champion is the story of a man who made it to the top of the sports world. Tony defeated Johnny Saxton for the undisputed Welterweight Championship at the famed Boston Garden, just two blocks from his home. His epic battles with Carmen Basilio are considered two of the greatest matches in boxing history. However, he was nearly toppled by tragedy and heartache in his personal life. Tony overcame those obstacles and today is one of the most beloved athletes in the city of Boston.
Written by Tony DeMarco, with Ellen Zappala, the book details Tony’s humble beginning on Fleet Street, his rise to the top of the boxing world, his days in Arizona as a successful nightclub owner, and how he coped with the tragedy of losing two children. You will also get a peek at some antics of Tony and several characters in his life – from his travels to California with neighborhood pals to his encounters with notables like Bob Hope, Sonny King, Jack Ruby and Raymond Patriarca. Nardo, Memoirs of a Boxing Champion is also filled with many rarely seen photos, hand-picked by Tony, from his personal collection.