In Boston last week, however, age once more gave the back of its hand to upstart youth. It was like sitting through the same movie twice as Carmen Basilio and Tony DeMarco met for their title rematch. Carmen took a beating in the early rounds, Tony ran out of gas about the ninth, Carmen clobbered Tony into insensate submission in the 12th. It was the same script as in Syracuse last June, when Basilio took DeMarco's spang-new welterweight title from him. It was a good movie, though, nicely cast if you like tough types, with plenty of action, suspense and excitement. Running time was two seconds longer than the previous showing, but that may have been because the referee seemed a little slow in his counting.
The plot was actually better this time. The boys in the back room had shored it up with prefight talk that unless Carmen could knock out Tony the Boston officials would villainously vote their hometown hero back into the championship. As it turned out, Tony was leading on all the official cards (but justifiably so) when Carmen made them suitable only for framing with a succession of hard right smashes to Tony's head. Tony went down for a count of eight, got up, and wobbled into the arms of the referee. The referee took slow and exceeding care in wiping off Tony's gloves and then Carmen was on him again, with more rights, and Tony was down and the referee was stopping the fight for a TKO in 1:54 of the 12th round.
Carmen added a last touch in the fade-out when he reported that he had injured his left hand in an early round. It will be ready, though, he added, when he meets ex-Champion Johnny Saxton, probably in February. Saxton had better be ready too.