Adrien Broner promised to go "head over heels" and "b---s to the wall" on Saturday night, against Antonio Demarco in Atlantic City, on a Wednesday foray into the lightweight division.
Broner (24-0; from Ohio; age 23) said he is excited to fight in AC, and on HBO, and that Sandy couldn't stop the fight. He called Demarco a great champion, and promised an "electrifying" fight. He sees it was a "defining" fight, a transcendent one, as his stiffest test to date. He wants his name to spread everywhere, and that includes Venus, he said.
He said Demarco is his best opponent, on paper, to date. Broner said Demarco has been fighting good guys, but not guys of his caliber. He promised a different Broner on Saturday. He said he will show more of his skills, because Demarco will bring the best out of him.
Will his speed be his biggest edge? Speed, and strength, Broner said.
He said he is pushing forward to surpassing Floyd Mayweather's feats, and thinks he will. Of Floyd, he said: "He's a great guy, a down to earth guy, I love him." Would he or will he fight him? "I don't know, that's like a big brother to me. If it has to happen, it has to happen. But who wants to fight their big brother?"
Anyone down the line he wants to fight as a career definer? He said he's focused just on Demarco.
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya said that he was pleased that proceeds, including $2 from every ticket sold, will go to help those affected by Sandy.
Promoter Gary Shaw spoke about his guy, Demarco. He said he thinks Demarco is the "Mexican version of Arturo Gatti." Shaw is proud, he said, as a Jersey resident, to help contribute to the Sandy relief effort.
The WBC lightweight champ Demarco (28-2; age 26; from Mexico) spoke on the call, in Spanish. He said he knows the fight will be tough, and is important. He knows Broner is a great talent, he said. But his hunger is greater than anyone elses. He spoke about his last outing, a KO1 win over John Molina, on Sept. 8. He wasn't thinking past Molina, he said. He saw the win as one more step towards achieving his dream.
Someone said that Broner has a Mayweather type style and Demarco said that "all due respect, Mayweather is Mayweather.
When asked about his loss, five fights ago to Edwin Valero, if that was a blessing in disguise. It was a good learning experience, he answered.
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