Adrien Broner vs Antonio DeMarco Fight Picks

By Brandon Stubbs
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Former super featherweight titlist Adrien “The Problem” Broner will officially move up in weight on Saturday when he takes on Antonio DeMarco for his WBC Lightweight belt. The bout will take place at The Boardwalk Hall in the Superstorm Sandy ravaged Atlantic City. This will mark the third title defense for DeMarco and his second fight in two months. He is coming off of a 44 second blazing of John Molina in September. The quick work that night made it possible for the quick turn around. In Broner’s case, he last fought in July against an undersized Vicente Escobedo. Broner was stripped of his WBO Super Featherweight title after failing to make weight against Escobedo. This upcoming match up has two contrasting styles and all the makings to have a late push for “Fight of the Year”.

The saying goes that “styles make fights” and these two styles are destined for one interesting fight. For challenger Broner, he has adopted and semi-mastered the fighting style of Floyd Mayweather. He has a very good defense, rolling off punches and avoiding getting hit with clear shots. He typically is a counter puncher, but if he sees that his opponent has nothing behind his punches he will go in for the kill to close the show. With having great power at featherweight, the question will be if that will fully transfer to a higher weight class.

Antonio DeMarco is all about output. He is going to throw a lot of punches and in his past few fights he has no trouble in landing them. What is going to help him out the most in this fight is his heart. “Fights are won in the gym and I have been putting in the work and I’m going to be in the best shape of my life. Adrien Broner has a lot of talent, but he doesn’t have the heart of Antonio DeMarco, and he does not have the hunger to continue to be world champion,” he explained.

As much as I personally dislike Adrien Broner’s attitude and actions outside of the ring (#BoycottBroner), I respect and understand his pure boxing skills. The last time DeMarco fought someone with a large skill advantage was Edwin Valero in 2010. He took a load of punishment in the nine rounds he was in the ring, forcing his corner to call a stop to the bout. He has grown and improved as a fighter since then but Broner is on another level at this point in his career. Look for Broner to use DeMarco’s aggression against him and land crisp and clean counter shots all night. Broner will have a hard time breaking DeMarco’s will so he has to be aware that Antonio will not stop coming forward no matter how many punches he eats. Barring a nasty cut, I see this going the full 12 rounds with Adrien Broner further establishing himself as being boxing’s next big star.

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