By Felipe Leon
The world of boxing but especially the San Diego fight scene suffered a tragedy on Saturday when the beloved world title challenger Tony “Bazooka” DeLuca lost his hard fought battle with cancer around noon. DeLuca, who fought as a light flyweight for eight years, was a fixture at San Diego fight cards recently even as he suffered from throat cancer. DeLuca began his career in 1983 and fought almost exclusively on recent California Hall of Fame local promoter’s Bobby D. Philippi’s cards in downtown San Diego. The southpaw “Bazooka” retired in 1991 with a more than a respectable 17-6-3, 6KOs record while facing along the way the likes of Michael Carbajal for the NABF title and Duke McKenzie for the IBF crown. Known as a tough out for anybody, DeLuca displayed that trait until the end as he waged war on his tragic disease. “Bazooka” is survived by his wife Theresa and will be sorely missed by the San Diego boxing community. DeLuca was fifty years young.
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