News: Adrian Broner; Rodriguez vs. Torres; Hunter vs Belmontes
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Nov. 19, 2012) – Cincinnati’s Adrien “The Problem” Broner became the youngest current American two-time world champion this past Saturday when, in an impressive showing, he defeated Mexico’s Antonio DeMarco by technical knockout in the eighth round at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. The bout was televised live on HBO’s premier boxing program, HBO World Championship Boxing. It was his seventh overall appearance on HBO.
In what most people considered to be Broner’s toughest fight to-date, he was able to control the pace throughout the whole fight and gain a commanding lead before knocking down DeMarco in the eighth. DeMarco’s corner then threw in the towel forcing referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to stop the fight and handing Broner the World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title.
“I came into the fight looking for a war because I know DeMarco is a warrior,” Broner said at the post-fight press conference. “But, ‘The Problem’ stands.”
For his part, DeMarco said, “Without a doubt, he is a very complete fighter. I like big challenges, and I think Broner is a super fighter.”
Around the boxing world, excitement for Broner and what the future holds for him is growing. At such a young age, Broner himself acknowledges that there is a lot more to be accomplished.
“Two-time world champion, 23 years old,” Broner said. “This has just begun – the Adrien Broner, ‘Mr. HBO’ show.”
Texas Title on Tap for November 30, 2012 in Hurst, TX
Standing 8 Promotions closes the Dallas-Fort Worth area boxing year out with a bang when it presents “Mid-Cities Mayhem” next Friday night at the Hurst Conference Center. The fireworks culminate with rising Dallas prospect Jose Rodriguez (6-0) facing off against feisty veteran Pablo Torres (6-5) of Juarez, Mexico in the main event for the Texas State Lightweight Title. The card will feature seven exciting bouts including highly touted British prospect Craig Callaghan, the professional debut of Fort Worth based amateur standout Tony Lopez, and the return of Chap Huggins (6-0). Mid-Cities Mayhem is presented by Standing 8 Promotions in association with Bud Light Platinum, Hyatt and Bronco’s Sports Bar and will take place at the Hurst Conference Center located off of State Highway 121 (10 minutes west of the DFW Airport) at 1601 Campus Drive Hurst, TX 76054.
For tickets and more information on the fighters please visit www.dfwboxing.com, www.standing8promotions.com, or call 1-877-725-8849.
ERIC HUNTER TO STEP IN AGAINST JERRY BELMONTES ON 12/8
PHILADELPHIA – When word came this weekend that an injury was forcing Teon Kennedy to pull out of the December 8th nationally televised NBC Sports Network Fight Night co-feature bout with undefeated Jerry Belmontes, another hungry Philly fighter jumped at the chance to take his place. West Philly’s Eric “Outlaw” Hunter, 16-2, 9 KOs, has signed to face the rising Belmontes, 17-0, 5 KOs, in an extremely attractive match-up of up and coming prospects. The Fight Night telecast will begin at 9PM ET.
Hunter is a fighter with a big reputation in the tough boxing gyms of Philly. He’s been touted by many since his amateur days as one of the most talented boxers on the local scene.
In July, Hunter returned from a lengthy layoff with a flashy stoppage of Jason Rorie in Philadelphia. It was a fight that Hunter vowed would be the launching pad for the rest of his career, and the first step in reaching his potential. He promised to stay active and look for the key fights that would move him up the ranks. Clearly a nationally televised 10-rounder against the talented Jerry Belmontes was exactly what he was looking for.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Eric Hunter,” said Hall of Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, matchmaker for the Fight Night series. “Here is a young fighter with a lot of ability but his career was in limbo and all of a sudden he gets a chance to fight on the hottest boxing series on television and it’s in his hometown. Most fighters would give their eye teeth for this kind of opportunity and Eric jumped at it. Good for him!”
Eric Hunter appears ready to keep his word and fight his way to the top of his division.
However, Jerry Belmontes has his own plans and high expectations to meet. As an amateur, Belmontes, was a superstar, and the “Corpus Christi Kid”, as he is known, has knocked off every professional fighter put in his path. In his last start, Belmontes made his East Coast debut with a solid 8-round unanimous decision over Joselito Collado in Newark, NJ.
Peltz sums it up by saying this match up is ” a crossroads fight between two very good junior lightweights, the winner of which should be rated in the top 15 when the fight is over.”
ABOUT DECEMBER 8TH
Pearson/McGonigle Halls, a 4,500-seat venue at Temple University located at 1800 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121. It has hosted both professional and amateur boxing in the past, but when NBC Sports Network broadcasts the sixth installment of its Fight Night series on Dec. 8, it will be the first professional boxing event held at Pearson/McGonigle Halls in over 19 years.
Eight bouts are planned for the Philadelphia card. The fight is promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, and Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with BAM Boxing. For ticket information, contact Peltz Boxing at 215-765-0922, www.peltzboxing.com. Tickets also are on sale at www.comcastTIX.com.
To find the location of the NBC Sports Network on your local cable, satellite or IPTV provider, click here:http://www.nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/30092015/ns/sports/