Undefeated Adrien Broner (24-0-0, 20 knockouts) and Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 knockouts) have had a few things to say about one another recently, and they've agreed to settle their differences inside the ring.
Broner and DeMarco will meet on Nov. 17, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. DeMarco's WBC lightweight title will be on the line when the two step inside the ring.
Adrien Broner will be moving up to the lightweight division for the first time in his boxing career, and he'll be in for a decent test when he squares up against DeMarco.
Antonio currently has a lot of momentum behind him right now, winning his last three fights via knockout. DeMarco was particularly impressive during his last outing, stopping John Molina Jr. in only 44 seconds.
Broner has been just as imposing lately, putting on a boxing clinic during his TKO victory against Vicente Escobedo on July 21. He's won his last four fights via knockout. And there a decent chance he'll add another impressive knockout to his resume when he faces DeMarco in November.
Adrien is one of most promising rising stars in boxing right now, and the move to the lightweight division shouldn't affect his performance in November. Broner couldn't even make 130 pounds -- he weighed in at 133.5 pounds -- for his fight against Escobedo, so he won't give up any size against DeMarco.
Given the controversy surrounding Broner's last fight, he'll need to take his weight cutting seriously, as DeMarco's promoter, Gary Shaw, has made it clear that they will pull out of the bout if Broner fails to make the proper weight.
"If we make the fight, and [Adrien Broner] doesn't come in on weight, we don't fight," Shaw said earlier during the month about a potential fight against Adrien. "Money doesn't motivate us that way."
The fight between Broner and DeMarco should be quite entertaining, and I expect fireworks when these two meet inside the ring. Both men have demonstrated their punching power in the past, and I'd be shocked if their fight goes the distance.
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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.