The Difficult Road of Antonio DeMarco
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
In losing five of his last seven bouts by decision, plus getting stopped twice by the late Edwin Valero and Adrien Broner in world title bouts, Antonio DeMarco has not beaten the odds against big promoters in big money fights. His seven losses were to opponents at the world-class level with a combined record of 148-1-1 at the time he fought them, insurmountable odds.
Welterweight southpaw DeMarco, 33-8-1 with 24 knockouts, Lakeside, California, Ha defeated Eddie Ramirez and Juan Castaneda, undefeated challengers. Valero, Broner, Maxim Dadashev, Rances Barthelemy and Omar Figueroa Jr. are among the undefeated fighters DeMarco did not beat. DeMarco beat John Molina Jr., Miguel Roman, and Jorge Linares as the World Lightweight champion. After losing his WBC title to Broner in 2012, DeMarco has won only five of his last 10 bouts at junior welterweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight.
DeMarco, age 33, should either go back to the 135-pound lightweight division or call it a career, as he is being mismatched badly at the higher weight. From Macao to Las Vegas, none of the big money bouts DeMarco lost were in his native Sinaloa, Mexico. At this point, DeMarco is simply being cashed out as an ‘opponent’ for promoter prospects and contender, and Demarco, who gave the first real performance against Valero, is a better fighter than to allow himself to be reduced to journeyman status at this point in his career. For DeMarco to continue his career, give losing five of his last seven bouts, would be a difficult road, too great to overcome at this point.