By Marcus Richardson: Former WBO super featherweight champion Adrien Broner (24-0, 20 KO’s) will be fighting for the first time at a new weight when he attempts to capture the WBC lightweight title from champion Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KO’s) in a fight televised by HBO on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Broner wants the title and he’s facing one of the most talented fighters in division in 26-year-old DeMarco. Broner can’t afford to get sloppy in their with DeMarco because if he makes a lot of mistakes, DeMarco will knock him out like he did against Jorge Linares.
This is going to be tough for Broner because he’s not faced anyone that has put him through a grueling fight where his heart has been tested. DeMarco is going to do that to him on Saturday night unless Broner can come out fast and destroy DeMarco with a quick flurry of power shots the same way that Broner blasted out Jason Litzau.
That’s not likely, however, because can take a heck of a big shots and the only guy that was able to trouble him with his power was Edwin Valero two years ago. But it took Valero nine rounds before he was finally able to stop DeMarco.
It wasn’t an easy fight for Valero despite his huge power advantage. Broner is going to get hit a lot in this fight, and he’s going to have to find the power needed to get the win because DeMarco is someone that can match his boxing skills and win a decision if he can’t stop Broner.
HBO sees Broner as a future star, and they obviously don’t want to see him lose so early in his career. Broner has got a lot of pressure on him in this fight and it’s going to be interesting to see if he can live up to all the hype. Some boxing fans see Broner as the next Floyd Mayweather Jr., but if Broner can’t beat a guy like DeMarco then boxing fans will see that Broner isn’t the real thing.