Tony Santana: Boxing Instruction & Training
Tony Santana is a former professional boxer, USMC veteran and a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Tony was trained and mentored by the great Sandy Saddler; the 1956 Featherweight Champion of the World. As an amateur, Tony entered and won both the 1973 and 1974 New York City Golden Gloves in the 119-pound division.
Tony made the brave decision to join the Marine Corps, and in his three years in the Marines Tony won the All-Marines Featherweight title (3 times), the 1976 Inter-Service Featherweight crown and a Gold Medal at the 1976 World Military Championships. He also won the 1977 National Sports Festival Featherweight title and the 1978 North Carolina Golden Gloves and numerous international wins. Tony’s amateur career record consisted of 98 wins and 14 losses.
Upon his honorable discharge from the Marine’s he returned to civilian life in 1979, and decided to take up professional boxing. Tony was undefeated through his first 19 professional fights and was rated No. 10 in the world by the WBA in 1981 and No. 8 by the WBC in 1982. Tony compiled a professional record of 21-2, with 12 KOs. Due to a series of injuries, he decided to retire at the age of 27.
Tony Santana grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn with his two parents and six siblings. At 12, Tony began boxing at a local recreation center. He currently stays active in the sport he loves, passing knowledge and boxing experience to up and coming young men and women.