Adrien Broner (25-0-0, 21 knockouts) passed the toughest test of his professional boxing career on Nov. 17, stopping Antonio DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 knockouts) during the eighth round of their encounter at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., capturing the WBC lightweight title in the process.
After a slow first round, Broner established himself as the superior technician, consistently backing DeMarco off with his jab. Antonio tried to fight his way back in the third round, but Broner quickly shut his comeback attempt down.
Broner started landing some vicious uppercuts in the middle rounds, and he hurt Demarco badly in the eighth round, prompting the Mexican’s corner to throw in the towel.
Given how dominant Adrien Broner was throughout his fight against DeMarco, it’s hard to deny the fact that he’s one of the most promising rising stars in boxing right now. At times during the fight, Broner looked like boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather, but with a lot more pop in his punches.
“I was shaking and baking him until I flipped him up,” Broner said shortly after the fight. “I knew coming into this fight it was going to be a world-class fight. But I knew he didn’t have the skills to beat me. … I wanted to make a statement tonight and I did. He was definitely the toughest opponent I’ve faced. He was strong and could take a punch.”
DeMarco brought his A-game against Broner, but it just wasn’t good enough. He stayed aggressive throughout the fight, and he refused to quit, even when it was obvious he wasn’t in Broner’s league.
With Broner’s imposing performance against DeMarco, it’s hard to see any other 135-pounders out there giving him a much tougher test. A move to the super lightweight division will probably be in his near future, and a bout against Brandon Rios wouldn’t be a bad idea. Hopefully, Golden Boy Promotions (Broner) and Top Rank (Rios) will be able to put their differences aside.
Regardless of what the future holds for Adrien Broner, he’s clearly made the leap from a highly touted prospect to legitimate superstar.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.