Adrien Broner outguns Antonio DeMarco, TKOs the 135lb champ in 8th Rd

18 Nov

Alan Dawson – London

Flashy entertainer Adrien Broner defeated Antonio DeMarco in a near one-sided manner on Saturday, November 17 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. In his debut title fight at lightweight, Broner dethroned DeMarco and claimed his WBC belt by beating the proud Mexican at his own game – slugging, however, while Antonio’s brawling style was wild, Broner’s was calculated… cerebral even, and the former champion’s face was cut up, bruised and bloodied as a result.

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Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
9 9 10 9 8 9 9 8

10 10 9
10 10 10 10 10

Official verdict: Broner by 8th Rd TKO.

The first chapter in Broner (25-0-0, 21ko) and DeMarco’s bout was not characterised by any real notable fisticuffs, but more the body language and chat each boxer had. Whenever one would land a probing punch on the other, the recipient would smile, laugh, tap their chin and goad the other on but, by the round’s end, it was Broner whose power was the more telling as DeMarco returned to his stool wearing a mouse to the side of his eye.

In round two, there was a marked difference in speed between the two combatants with Adrien’s speed of fist proving a problem for Antonio with Broner landing the straight right – a southpaw’s nemesis shot – with exceptional force. In the third, a frustrated DeMarco (28-3-1, 21ko) began to increasingly target the body. When in the centre of the ring, he’d attempt a straight left and, with Broner with his back to the ropes, he’d tuck a right hook into the ribs. Broner, though, was controlling the fight largely with the jab yet DeMarco won the third based on his activity.

Gaining self-belief from his success in the third round, DeMarco fought in an aggressive tone that belied a man bleeding from a cut sustained to the side of the eye. An inside brawl erupted midway through the stanza and the Atlantic City marveled shots that were dispatched. Broner landed uppercuts. DeMarco sent in left crosses. Broner threw right hands over the top. DeMarco recklessly brawled and Broner refused to back down, opting to stand his ground and fight behind a peek-a-boo when mid-ruckus as opposed to his trademark cross guard.

Broner picked DeMarco apart in the fifth round. Putting his punches together, Broner began asserting a confident swagger through his ability to land hard combination punches on the inside, bloodying the face of the tough Mexican and rocking his head back with a majority of his quick, powerful overhand shots. DeMarco, for all his bluster waving Broner on to him, was receiving one hell of a beatdown and returned to the stool marked, cut and had to have vaseline smeared over his brow and the enswell pressed into his swellings.

Broner boxed ferociously on the front-foot in the sixth and even though he was completely out-landing DeMarco, because of his motion, he also walked into short-range straight lefts. In the Cincinnati man’s first championship encounter in the lightweight division, it was he who was ruling the belt-holder with a fast, powerful and unforgivingly relentless fist.

The physical abuse ended in the eighth, with DeMarco down on his knees, his corner waving the white towel and the referee awarding the stoppage win to the challenger. Broner lay gloves on DeMarco from all angles… he dug punches into the body, scattered a beating all over his adversary’s face and, when celebrating his victory with his father, looked like he barely had a scratch or sweat on his face.

“If I had a choice between being a fighter and a boxer, I’d be a playboy,” exclaimed Broner post-fight to HBO‘s Larry Merchant. “When I got a game-plan and see something, I go after it. Shake ’em, bake ’em, cook ’em and eat ’em – no homo. I knew he was coming to fight. He’s a world class fighter. I knew he didn’t have the skills to beat me. I wanted to make a statement.”

That statement is clear… Broner wiped out arguably the number one guy at 135lbs and didn’t even hit top gear. Broner looked majestic, but what may be concerning for his rivals at lightweight and even junior welterweight, is that we may have not yet seen his best.

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