Adrien Broner: 'The Problem' Stops DeMarco in 8Written by Sam Gregory
Saturday night November 17, just under three weeks since hurricane Sandy ravaged Atlantic City, undefeated lightweight champion Adrien Broner 25-0 with 21 KO's unleashed some devatation of his own to WBC lightweight title holder Antonio DeMarco 28-3-1 with 21 KO's.
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.
Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.
As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.
He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.
Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.
All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.
The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...
Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.
Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.
He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.
Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.