1955-06-10 Carmen Basilio w rsc 12 (15) Tony DeMarco, War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA - WORLD
1955-06-10 Carmen Basilio w rsc 12 (15) Tony DeMarco, War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Harry Kessler. Making his first defence, DeMarco (144¾) found himself outworked by Basilio (145½) throughout, and in the tenth round he was dropped for ‘seven’ after taking several heavy rights to the jaw. With cuts over both eyes, when DeMarco was immediately floored again, this time by a left hook, he took another ‘seven’ count before being saved by the bell. Although DeMarco came out firing in the 11th in a desperate attempt to hold on to his title, Basilio took no chances, blocking punches and hitting back with left hooks and jabs until the referee stopped the fight at 1.52 of the 12th. DeMarco had been champion for just 70 days.