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Remembering Tony Dibiase.

Tony DiBiase was a professional boxer who competed in the welterweight division from 1955 to 1959. He had a record of 23 wins, 7 losses, and 1 draw, with 5 knockouts. He was born in Astoria, Queens, New York, on January 16, 1936, and died on June 10, 2014, at the age of 78. He was one of three brothers who all boxed. He began his amateur career in 1952 and won several titles, including the New York Daily News Golden Gloves, the New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, and the Intercity Golden Gloves. He also won the NCAA 156-pound title in 1955 and received a scholarship to the University of Virginia. He turned pro later that year under the management of Louis Guarascio and the training of Johnny Sullo. Although he lost his profesional debut after that we went on a 13 fight win streak until getting a draw against Billy Lepido , that was a very hard thing to do back in the day because the competition was so fierce. Some of his notable opponents include Rocky Caballero, Gale Kerwin, Tony DeCola, Eddie Jordan, and Roberto Pena. He fought mostly in New York venues such as Madison Square Garden and St. Nicholas Arena. Back in those days Madison Square Garden was the Mecca of boxing and its biggest stage. He retired from boxing in 1959 after losing to Pena by points. He then pursued a career in geology and worked for several oil companies. He was married and had three children so he dedicated himself to be a family man.


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