Whether you love him or loathe him, there are many reasons to watch Adrien Broner’s lightweight world title challenge against Antonio DeMarco at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City on November 17.
First and foremost Broner, nicknamed ‘The Problem’, truly is an entertainer.
Whether it is the 23-year-old from Cincinnati, Ohio performing his own entrance music or his father combing his hair before and after bouts, Broner brings an extrovert showmanship to the ring that has been admired by some but equally derided by others.
But antics aside, Broner can fight and is exciting to watch inside the squared circle. A world title at super-featherweight alongside 24 wins (20 K.Os) and zero losses proves this.
He has fast hands, punch power with either fist but also possesses an exquisite defence which he utilises by using the shoulder roll to block shots.
However, moving up to lightweight will mean that Broner’s trademark air-tight defence will have to be firmer than ever as DeMarco is far from a pushover.
The Mexican, who is the WBC champion, won the title against Jorge Linares back in October 2011 where he was behind by some distance on all three judges’ scorecards before dramatically stopping the Venezuelan in the 11th round.
The 26-year-old - whose record is a stellar 28 wins (21 K.Os) with two losses and one draw – has mixed it with world-class talents such as the aforementioned Linares and the late Edwin Valero.
Southpaw DeMarco is incredibly durable and tends to grind his opponents down with his relentless work rate.
A narrow points victory over current featherweight titlist Daniel Ponce de Leon and a first round demolition of perennial contender Jason Litzau are perhaps Broner’s biggest accomplishments so far, meaning that DeMarco should start the contest as favourite.
We will have to wait and see just what Broner has in store for fans before, during and after the fight, although the ex-WBO titleholder did reveal a Gangnam Style dance could be on the cards should he prove to be victorious.
Two things are for certain though – that DeMarco will be Broner’s sternest test to date and that the amalgamation of two completely different styles will produce an intriguing bout at the iconic Boardwalk Hall.872012