130 WBO Broner and 135 WBC Champ DeMarco Collide in AC Saturday
130 WBO Broner and 135 WBC Champ DeMarco Collide in AC Saturday
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 15, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Adrien Broner
Photo © Tom Briglia - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions
Undefeated former World Champion Adrien Broner (Seth Mitchell in background) speaks to members of the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City yesterday in Atlantic City, New Jersey during a visit to assist in the post-Hurricane Sandy clean-up of the Club in advance of his November 17, 2012 world title fight against WBC Lightweight World Champion Antonio DeMarco at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City which will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall will be buzzing Saturday night when WBC 135 Champ Antonio DeMarco 28-2-1 (21), of Tijuana Baja, MEX defends his title against the WBO 130 Champ Adrien “The Problem” Broner, 24-0 (20), of Cincinnati, OH, over 12 rounds! This is a Gary Shaw Productions promotion.

It will be the champ’s third title defense against the challenger who has stopped 14 of his last 15 opponents including winning the vacant WBO super featherweight title.  In his last fight he lost his title at the scale but kept his unbeaten record with a win. DeMarco won 15 fights with 1 draw winning the Interim title before losing to legendary Edwin Valero who had scored 26 straight by stoppage prior to that.  It would be Valero’s final fight before passing away in April of 2010.

It would be 2 fights later when the now 26 year-old DeMarco would win the WBC Silver title 1 year later and gaining the 135 title in his very next fight defeating the former WBA super featherweight champion Jorge Linares for the vacant title in October of 2011.  He defended his title twice in 2012 scoring a pair of stoppages.

The 23 year-old Broner has fought over 130 in 19 of his 24 fights going as high as 140 so it won’t be a big step up in weight at 135 for him.  He makes no predictions just say’s “he better be in shape”!  Broner once attended Northern Michigan U. under coach Al Mitchell.  The coach was afraid to put him in with his teammates in fear he would hurt them.

WBO NABO champ Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell, 25-0-1 (19) of Brandywine, MD and NABF champ Johnathon Banks, 28-1-1 (18) of Detroit, MI, fight for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title over 12 rounds.

Mitchell has won his last 10 fights by stoppage including his last fight at this same Boardwalk Hall in April stopping Philly’s Chazz Witherspoon.  He is the WBC’s No. 7 contender.  Banks only loss was in an IBF cruiserweight title bout to Tomasz Adamek.  He has an 8-0-1 record since as a heavyweight and ranked No. 6 by the WBC. He was training by the legendary Manny Steward until his recent untimely death.  Banks filled in for his coach working the corner of heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko Saturday night in Hamburg, GER.  Both fighters are 30 years old.

These 2 bouts are scheduled for 10pm est over HBO.  There are 7 other bouts starting at 5:35pm.  Philadelphia has former title challenger Demitrius Hopkins, 31-2-1 (11), who returned after 18 months of inactivity in September posting a win.  His opponent may be Keenan Collins, 14-7-3 (9), out of Reading, PA. Also from Philly is prospect Julian Williams 9-0-1 (4) meeting Puerto Rico’s Jonel Tapia 8-2-1 (5) now out of the Bronx.  Both fights are over 8 rounds in the light middleweight division.

Toronto’s Phil “Italian Sensation” Lo Greco, 24-0 (13) is scheduled for 8 at welter.  Light heavyweight Thomas Williams, Jr., 10-0 (7), out of Ft. Washington, MD, is scheduled for 6 against Philly’s Taneal Goyco, 4-4-1 (2).   There will be 3 other 4 round bouts.

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