‘Mr. HBO’ Broner Destroys DeMarco to Capture WBC Title


By:  Gordie Tamayo

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Newly crowned WBC lightweight Champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (25-0-21KO) kept true to his word in showing the world a new side to himself. Putting on a one sided clinic over the rugged Antonio DeMarco over eight rounds gave Broner the exclamation mark he had been seeking on his rise to prominence.

DeMarco, viewed as the best lightweight out there, was simply outclassed against Broner’s superior defense and speed. At a connect rate of over 50 percent, Broner slowly wore down the champion and imposed his will over the course of the eight grueling rounds.

The move up in weight established Broner as a force to be reckoned with. His first crack at the new division came with a new strap and spectators got a glimpse of the power he’s maintained; not a bad entrance and Broner is quick to make note of it, “Two-time world-champion. 23 years old. This has just begun-The Adrien Broner, ‘Mr. HBO’ Show.”

He did have his moments of humility during the post fight interview as he soaked in the moment of triumph, even if it was short lived. Immediately Broner went back into promo mode fielding questions about what’s next for the budding star.

Should Juan Manuel Marquez perform well against his fourth encounter with pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao December 8th, we could see the young lion taken into deep waters against a seasoned veteran in Marquez. It would be a good test for Broner.

One of the other names that has been dropped is current WBO Champion Ricky Burns (35-2-10KO) who is coming off an impressive TKO victory over Irishman Kevin Mitchell. The two had almost crossed paths years ago but fate would keep them on different roads. The timing for both appears to be right as each have set out to make statements in their previous outings and are now looking to set fire to an even bigger stage.

A victory over either would position Broner for even more worldwide acclaim. Career wise, Marquez is close to done however having a future legend and hall of famer on your resume does sound nice. A Broner vs Burns matchup would be a perfect entry for Golden Boy into the UK market and promotion for the bout would be an easy sell as both confident fighters have their share of selling points. If the dice finally roll, Broner’s superior defense and punching power would most likely give him the favored edge over Burns and another reason for Broner to stake claim that the world is his.

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