Adrien Broner now owns the WBC lightweight belt after beating Antonio DeMarco via eighth-round TKO.
Broner used a high-activity approach to control DeMarco throughout the fight, eventually winning the fight in the eighth round. He was incredibly accurate in the match's ultimate round, putting the champion down with a series of uppercuts and body shots.
Once DeMarco went down, his corner literally threw in the white flag.
Broner protected his undefeated record with the most important victory of his career. With the loss, DeMarco drops to 28-3-1 and was defeated for the first time since 2010.
The 26-year-old Mexican built up a significant amount of momentum heading into this fight. He took the lightweight title by beating Jorge Linares, then retained it five months later by knocking out Miguel Roman.
DeMarco’s most recent fight was just over two months ago, but the short time in between bouts is certainly not a reason for this loss. He defended his belt for a second time by knocking out John Molina Jr. just 44 seconds into the contest.
But now, the balance of power has shifted and Broner—nicknamed “The Problem”—has emerged as a serious force in the lightweight division.
The 23-year-old has become a popular fighter due to his captivating personality, but had yet to face a fight of DeMarco’s caliber in his previous 24 professional victories (20 by knockout).
This was Broner’s first fight as a lightweight after moving up from super featherweight. However, he put himself on track to move up a class after failing to make weight in his most recent fight.
He was stripped of his WBO super featherweight title for being too heavy, but his fight against Vicente Escobedo still took place and Broner went on to easily defeat his opponent via knockout in five rounds.
Now he has a new belt to make up for the one he lost in July, and his career is certainly on the rise. After this impressive victory, the future is extremely bright for Broner.