Tony Baldoni

About This Inductee

Wilkes-Barre, PA

Baldoni began his boxing career in Al Flora’s gymnasium and had 14 winning fights an amateur before joining the professional ranks from 1946-1949. In this period he had a record of 23-4. In 1950 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was on the boxing team for two years and rolled up a victory log of 21 straight. The climax was winning the 2nd Marine Division in 1953. Known as “The Fighting Bearcat”, Baldoni compiled a record of 48-13-2, including 31 wins by knockout. The top thrill of his career was knocking out Sonny Hampton in the fourth round in 1948 in Wilkes-Barre. Tony was elected to the Maryland Boxing Hall of Fame in 1982. Baldoni married Evonne Cecil in 1956 and has two sons, Tony Jr., and Steve.