SAN DIEGO, November 17, 2012 – Adrien “The Problem” Broner hopes to make as much noise inside the ring as he does outside the ring Saturday night in his lightweight fight against defending WBC champion Antonio DeMarco on HBO Boxing Saturday, November 17, at 10 p.m. Eastern from Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ.
Broner (24-0, 20 KOs) and his opponent DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KOs) both weighed in at a tidy 134.5 pounds, and both fighters look sharp and in excellent condition. Broner is known for being flashy but his behavior sometimes crosses the line to trashy. DeMarco is a diligent fighter on an upward trend after two knockout victories, the last one after just 44 seconds of the fight.
Broner is expected to defeat DeMarco; Broner’s detractors would love to see him go down at the hands of DeMarco, but it’s wishful thinking.
In the co-main event, two of America’s best heavyweight talents square off, Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs) of Brandywine, Maryland and Detroit’s Johnathon Banks (28-1-1, 18 KOs). Mitchell is a former Michigan State University linebacker who had the talent to make it to NFL but left football due to repeated knee injuries. He has only been fighting six years and says he’s still “a sponge.” Banks is also a trainer as well as a fighter, mentored by the late Emanuel Steward. He was in the corner for Wladimir Klitschko’s victory last weekend.
With the event set in Atlantic City, which is just beginning to recover from the tremendous damage created by Hurricane Sandy, there was understandable concern whether it would need to be moved. Golden Boy Promotions decided to go forward and contribute to relief efforts. Golden Boy is donating two dollars for every ticket sold and $1,000 per knockout to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, whose buildings suffered extensive damages due to Sandy. Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya and Caesars Atlantic City have both agreed to match Golden Boy’s total donation.
Join the boxing heads from Communities led by Ringside Seat columnist Gayle Falkenthal for tonight’s action from the Jersey Shore. We will get underway at 10 p.m. Eastern Time. Stock up on your Twinkies!
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