I always liked Tony, but only sorta. He was as intelligent and well spoken as any man could ever be, but his demons mixed him in with heroin which led to tragic youthful decisions that he could never fully free himself from. Criminal assault was always hanging over him like a dark cloud that followed him around.
I didn’t know that he was released from his 2nd prison term only a month ago in April. Supposedly he was helping run the family gym and training new fighters at where he was found dead, age 52.
Was undefeated in his last bout at age 19, 22-0 with 19 brutal knockouts, all lined up to fight the fab four, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran for huge money. Instead he served a long time in one of the toughest prisons in America, Rahway. Made a pretty good comeback after his first release from prison, but then the demons resurfaced and he was kicked back to the slammer. Supposedly a drug overdose by whatever means is suspected as the cause of death.
Record and bio here: