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Broner dismantles DeMarco

Ringside by Kurt Wolfheimer and Matt Richardson
Photos by Ray Bailey

Rising superstar Adrian "The Problem" Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) dethroned former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 KOs) with a nearly flawless performance and an eighth round TKO in the main event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday night.

Broner was in control throughout and finished the show in the eighth round, landing an amazing 39 power shots . The damage was just too much and Demarco finally collapsed to the canvas from a left upper cut at the 1:49 mark of the eighth round.

It seemed to be another big step in the rise of one of the hottest fighters in boxing as Broner put another impressive showing in capturing the WBC lightweight title with a one-sided eighth round stoppage of Demarco.

Broner seemed in control right from the opening bell and he boxed the champion with quick jabs as both fighters started tentatively in a feeling-out round. DeMarco, who had captured the title with a come-from-behind victory over Jorge Linares and successfully defended it twice against the likes of Miguel Roman and John Molina, looked focused and determined in the first, but could only land the occasional left from the southpaw stance.

As the rounds progressed Broner began to pick Demarco apart with jabs and right hands which couldn't miss his more stationary opponent. By round three, Demarco was swelling and his cheeks and near his eyes. DeMarco tried to turn the tide in the third and pushed forward, while Broner looked a little more defensive. Broner was still in control though as his "Mayweather" like defensive style made it hard for DeMarco to land more than a few glancing shots. A cut appeared underneath right eye of DeMarco as Broner boxed like a surgeon with pinpoint shots.

Broner was using shoulder roles on the inside and mixing in sharp body shots which were forcing DeMarco to drop his hands. He looked to be on his "A" game as he found each and every crevice to land clean shots. Broner's uppercuts were snapping back the head of Demarco and it looked like the champion was waning and his punches were losing their strength. Late in the round, "The Problem" continued to find spots for big straight rights which DeMarco had no answer for.

Broner began to really go for the kill in the fifth, digging in on his combinations as the crowd roared with each big shot. Late in the fifth, Broner wobbled the DeMarco with a sharp combination. Broner was using his entire repertoire as DeMarco did his best to hang in there.

The champion was way behind on the cards as the sixth round opened. Broner continued to gain confidence as he sent pinpoint shots which pierced DeMarco's defense.

In the seventh round, DeMarco was game with counters, but Broner continued to mix his shots up, piercing any clean hole in the champion's defense.

Broner unloaded in the eighth. A shirt shot under the ribcage hurt shot DeMarco and his movement slowed. Broner continued the onslaught as Demarco began to buckle and back up. The end finally came at the 1:49 mark as a left uppercut sent him crumbling to the canvas. DeMarco's corner immediately threw in the towel giving Broner the WBC lightweight title. –Kurt Wolfheimer

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Banks batters Mitchell

In the co-feature of the seven bout card, Johnathon Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs), fresh off of training with Wladimir Klitschko for his successful world title defense against Mariusz Wach just a week earlier, pulled the upset, dropping previously undefeated Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs) three times en-route to a stunning second round stoppage.

The cards appeared to be stacked against Banks, who spent much of his time before the fight, training Wladimir Klitschko for his successful world title defense against Mariusz Wach just a week ago. On Tuesday, Banks took time to pay his respects to former trainer Emanuel Stewart. The time taken away from training looked to hurt him as the bout wore on.

Seth Mitchell ranked number three by the WBO and number seven by the WBC, was coming off a victory over Chazz "The Gentleman" Witherspoon in which he showed the ability to rise from the canvas and stop a big heavyweight. The crowd was anxious and ready to set to see another explosive Mitchell knockout, but it was not to be.

Mitchell controlled the opening round as Banks fought defensively throughout out. Mitchell hurt Banks with a hook to the body in mid round. Banks clinched and slid away along the ropes to avoid any further damage.

In between rounds, Banks corner pleaded with him to get off first, but he still let Mitchell take the lead in the early going. Mitchell made a huge mistake though as he went to the body with two hard hooks which were wide, left himself wide open for a counter. Banks with his back to the ropes landed a huge counter that wobbled the NABO champ. Banks saw how bad he was hurt him and uncorked a one-two combination which Mitchell to the canvas. Though stunned he rose to his feet and tried to fight back with a wild hook, but it missed. Banks continued to find his mark with deadly shots and ended a four-punch combination with two big right hands up top which had Mitchell trying to reach and hold on. Banks moved away and Mitchell fell into the ropes for the second knockdown of the fight. Mitchell looked to be on unsteady legs and tried to fight back, but Banks put an end to the show with right hand on the button. Mitchell collapsed to the canvas.

Referee Eddie Cotton had seen enough and called a halt to the contest at 2:37 of the second round. –Kurt Wolfheimer

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Lo Greco survives Sostre

Junior middleweight Phil Lo Greco rose from a hard first round knockdown to controversially stop Daniel Sostre in the seventh round.

A right, left hook combination dropped Lo Greco (25-0, 14 KOs) in the first. Lo Greco was breathing heavily and appeared badly hurt but Sostre (11-8-1, 4 KOs) failed to capitalize. As the bout progressed, Sostre's defense blunted the majority of Lo Greco's offensive assault. In the sixth, Sostre was rocked and the referee appeared ready to stop the fight, but a last minute shot thrown by Sostre convinced him otherwise.

The ending was academic, however, and in the first minute of the following round Sostre ate a combination on the ropes. He didn't appear very hurt but the referee called off the fight at the 45-second mark. Sostre protested the stoppage. – Matt Richardson

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Hopkins outclasses Snyder

In a middleweight fight, former contender Demetrius Hopkins beat Joshua Snyder by fifth round technical knockout in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. Hopkins (32-2-1, 12 KOs) dropped Snyder with a right in the seventh after marking and beat his opponent up for the majority of the preceding rounds. Snyder rose to his feet but a combination by Hopkins just seconds later, punctuated by a painful uppercut that concluded with a left hook prompted the referee to step in and call a halt. The time of the stoppage was 1:26.

Snyder (9-8-1, 3 KOs) was game, but was outmatched and outfought by the typically unaggressive Hopkins (Bernard's nephew). Snyder was rocked at the end of the first and had his face visibly bruised by the second when it appeared that his right eye was ready to close. Hopkins began finding success with his right early in the bout and by the fourth seemed to find his closing shots. Three rounds later, Snyder would touch the canvas via the same fist. – Matt Richardson

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Williams tames Tapia

Undefeated junior middleweight prospect Julian Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) moved his victory total into double digits with a methodical seventh round beat down of Jonel Tapia (8-3-1, 5 KOs).

Williams easily controlled the opening round with his laser like jabs and good movement which kept Tapia on the defensive throughout. Williams started to step up the pace in round two as he set down on his combinations. Tapia looked to be trying to weather the storm but his face was already showing signs of the battering as both cheeks were red and puffy.

By round four Julian Williams was in control of the fight, but he chose to fight on the inside which gave his opponent one last time to turn the tide. Williams's defense was superb and he was able to avoid any big hooks from Tapia while taking a break in the round.

Williams continued to find his mark with the right hands up top in the fifth and the face of Tapia was getting worse.

The pounding continued for Tapia throughout the sixth and after three straight hard lefts in the seventh, Referee Alan Huggins had seen enough and called a halt to the bout. The official time of the stoppage was 2:10 of the seventh round.-Kurt Wolfheimer

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Ochoa slaughters Salcido

Undefeated welterweight Zachary Ochoa (3-0, 3 KOs) needed only two minutes and nine seconds to blow away the outgunned Michael Salcido (1-5).

Ochoa attacked right from the opening bell, charging across the ring and dropping Salcido with the first punch of the fight which was an explosive right hand. Michael Salcido rose to his feet and tried to survive, but two devastating hooks to the body sent him back to the canvas. This time Salcido was really hurt and barely beat the eight count. Zachary Ochoa pounced on Salcido, finishing him with a left hook to the ribs and a right on the button. Ochoa landed on his back and was counted out at the 2:09 mark of the opening round.

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Grant crushes Esquivel

In the opening bout of the evening, Terron "The Kid" Grant made quick work of Abraham Esquivel, dropping him three times en-route to a first round stoppage.

Grant (5-0, 3 KOs) appeared to have the faster hands, connecting with a sharp right up top as both fighter trader right from the opening bell. However, it was the bodywork which would begin spell doom for Abraham Esquivel (5-3, 3 KOs) as a series of body shots sent him to the canvas. Esquivel was game and tried to recover while on the retreat, but a short right hook returned him to the canvas. Esquivel barely beat the count and Terron Grant would not let him off the hook and finished the show two with two heavy right hands sending Esquivel to the canvas for the third and final time. Esquivel was in no shape to continue and the bout was waived off. The official time of the technical stoppage was 2:14 of the opening round.-Kurt Wolfheimer

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