Ask Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) for the past few years “What class of fighter do you believe you are?” Your answer would resemble something along the lines of: “I already am one of the very best fighters in the world, if not the best.” Until this past Saturday, the Cincinnati Ohio native, Broner, faced a vast amount of naysayers. Critics that claimed the flashy and outspoken Broner was tooting his own horn prematurely, and that possibly Broner’s thoughts of himself weren’t realistic. Either that or some insiders believed the 23 year old Broner was claiming too much self-given praise before proving it against the sports’ elite. Well here was Broner’s chance to prove that he was far from all-talk.
A bout was signed for Broner to move up in weight to face the Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico native, Antonio Demarco (28-3-1, 21 KOs). Demarco scored a spectacular come-from-behind knockout over former multiple time world champion, Jorge Linares, last year in October to claim the WBC lightweight championship of the world. Demarco had rightfully earned the reputation of being a warrior in the ring that would continue his efforts no matter how much the odds are stacked against the Mexican. His tremendous heart and fortitude were on display once again through eight rounds at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City before surrendering his championship to the virtuous Broner. The 26 year old Demarco’s heart wanted to continue, but his body simply gave out after the grueling, punishing, beating Broner was dishing out.
They call Adrien Broner “The Problem” and the gutsy Demarco had no solutions. Outside of Yuriorkis Gamboa, who has just moved up to the lightweight division, there are not any opponents at 135 pounds who can truly give Broner some competition. As Broner says: “This is what happens when you put a good fighter in with a great fighter, I make them look ordinary.” So other than the extremely talented Gamboa, none of the fighters in lightweight division will be able to compete with Broner. It’s either Gamboa, or moving up to junior welterweight and setting up a face off with Danny Garcia, the king of the division.
As for the fight itself, after round 1, in which Demarco happened to have slightly won the stanza, it was all Broner. By round 3, wiih Demarco having a supposed size advantage, Broner fought in the pocket and stayed in Demarco’s chest. After flashing the speed from the outside, it seemed Broner wanted to prove he could beat Demarco at his own game, and when Broner threw body punches you would think he was the Mexican fighter in the ring. The accuracy, punching power, defense, inside and out technique, and everything else was truly phenomenal. As the headline reads: A star is born. As for Demarco, no fighters should ever have shame. They step inside the squared circle to feed their families, that alone should garner enough respect from all of us spectators. However, Demarco with this performance, although he was outclassed, along with the rest of his career’s performances put him on another tier. He has elite class cojones. To his dismay however, Broner is elite class in many more categories. Broner may have yet to have reached superstardom, but his skills and talent look sure to take the young, newly crowned lightweight champion, to the heights of where ever he desires. Kudos to Adrien Broner for putting on one of the finest performances of the year. A star is born.