A 2 to 1 favorite, Adrien 'The Problem' Broner handed Anthony DeMarco the second knockout loss of his career stopping him in the 8th Round at Boardwalk Hall in the recuperating town of Atlantic City.
The slugfest began at the opening bell as DeMarco and Broner went toe to toe in the center of the ring. But by the second round, Broner's speed and lateral movement enabled him to position himself to pot shot DeMarco at will.
DeMarco was a game fighter and did his best to counter Broner's devastating shots to the body. Even though most of the punches thrown were single shots, Broner was landing them with power and precision. And it was those hard power hooks to the body put Broner in control of the fight in the third round.
DeMarco's southpaw style was expected to give Broner some problems. After all, southpaw Ponce De Leon was a difficult riddle for Broner to solve a year ago. However, luckily for Broner, DeMarco chose to stay on the inside and brawl with Broner, unlike Ponce De Leon.
When southpaw Daniel Ponce De Leon fought Adrien Broner the former stayed on the outside and circled Broner, making Ponce more difficult to hit. However, the courageous DeMarco stayed on the inside and got picked apart by Broner.
In the fifth and sixth rounds DeMarco appeared was hurt as result of Broner's vicious body attack. The onslaught ensued and Broner landed hooks to the body and counterpunches that devastated the Mexican southpaw in the following two stanzas. Mercifully DeMarco's corner threw in the white towel in the eighth round soon after Adrien Broner finally floored his foe. Referee Benjy Esteves called a halt to the bout at 1:49.
Adrien 'The Problem' Broner improved his unbeaten record to 25-0 scoring his 21st knockout while capturing the WBC lightweight title. Antonio DeMarco fell to 28-3-1 with 21 KO's; DeMarco also suffered his second KO loss.