Five keys for Antonio DeMarco
Plotting a path to victory against Adrien Broner
Lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KOs) will defend his title on Saturday against undefeated Adrien Broner in a bout that DeMarco believes will determine his place in the division.
DeMarco had four knockout wins in his last five fights, including incredible victories over Jorge Linares and John Molina. But Broner, a former junior lightweight champ, will be the most dangerous opponent of his career.
Here are five keys to DeMarco's victory.
Confidence, lots of confidence
| DeMarco said in recent interviews that not being the favorite gives him the confidence he needs to turn the tables. And he has proved this in previous bouts. When no one believes in him, he always manages to step up and seize great wins like he did against Linares, when he rallied to score an 11th-round TKO. Against Broner, the trust factor in himself will get him on track to a great victory.|
|Broner is your typical technical (and stylish) boxer who likes to slowly punish his opponents. He needs space to work and doesn't feel comfortable under pressure. Incidentally, that's what DeMarco does best and that's how he'll get the chances he needs to land decisive blows. DeMarco has already done this in his last three fights against the likes of Linares, Molina and Miguel Roman, all knockout victories.|
Exchange + strength = KO
|DeMarco will need to force the exchange and hit hard right from the start. He's facing a heavy favorite, not only in the eyes of the fans, but also in the eyes of the judges. Besides, in his last two bouts, the Mexican found out that going for the KO from the sound of the bell is a foolproof formula. And even though DeMarco likes to be patient at the start, he's strong enough to knock down his opponent at any time.|
Left and more left
|Broner had some serious trouble overcoming Daniel Ponce de Leon's left hand in a bout that many thought he lost. Broner may have had a bad night, but it's also possible that southpaws are not his strong suit. Therefore, DeMarco will need to be persistent with his left-handed offensive approach. Any strategy should focus on that advantage until Broner proves he can handle it.|
Plan B is in the body
|Broner stops many blows to the head just by raising his shoulders, an approach copied successfully from Floyd Mayweather Jr. If DeMarco fails to evade this defensive ploy, he'll need to punish the body. If successful, he'll remove stamina and speed from his rival, and that could make way for a late KO.|
Bernardo Pilatti is a contributor to ESPNdeportes.com.
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