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Schaefer finalizing Broner-DeMarco fight with HBO for November 17th

Adrien Broner Antonio DeMarcoBy Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is working with HBO to finalize a November 17th fight between WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KO’s) and Adrien Broner (24-0, 20 KO’s) for a still to be ironed out venue in the United States. The Broner vs. DeMarco fight has been scheduled for some time, but the negotiations haven’t been finalized.

According to RingTV, Gary Shaw, the promoter for DeMarco, has worked out his side of the contract with HBO, and now it’s Golden Boy Promotions’s turn in working out a deal for Broner with HBO.

Schaefer told RingTV “I’m discussing with HBO about the numbers, the license fees and so on. I appreciate that HBO and Gary [Shaw] have finalized their side, and now HBO has to finalize the Broner side with us.”

DeMarco, 26, and Shaw both must feel pretty confident that they can beat the 23-year-old Broner because why else would they agree to take this fight? They must see something that I can’t spot in Broner’s game that gives them the impression that they can beat this guy because I don’t see where DeMarco can win this fight. Broner is bigger, stronger, faster, younger and better defensively. The only areas where DeMarco has an advantage is in height and with his southpaw stance. He stands 5’10, and is hard to fight because of his lefty southpaw stance. However, DeMarco doesn’t use his height really well like he should, and he’s easy to get inside on.

If Broner is able to get near to Demarco, he’ll cause him all kinds of problems with his better power and speed. DeMarco can’t get into a slugging match with a guy like Broner because he’s too heavy handed and he way of busting up his opponents if he’s able to land his shots with any regularity.

DeMarco’s game has really improved in the last three fights starting with his all out war with Jorge Linares last year in October. DeMarco walked through a ton of punches in that fight from the slick and highly skilled Linares and came back to get a stoppage in the 11th in one of the most exciting fights of the year. DeMarco came back looking excellent in his next fight against Miguel Roman, stopping him in the 5th round in March of this year. Roman, 26, is a very good fighter and had never been stopped before. DeMarco made it look easy in chopping down the tough as nails Roman. In DeMarco’s last fight against John Molina, DeMarco hurt him with a left hand and then finished him off with a blaze of shots to the head while Molina cowered against the ropes. Molina, too, had never been stopped before facing DeMarco.

Broner will have to deal with DeMarco’s power and southpaw stance. He can’t let DeMarco land his big shots, because offensively DeMarco is more than a handful. Broner can’t afford to get into a war with this guy because it’s too dangerous. Broner is better off boxing him and then looking to stun him with a big shot and then finishing him off if possible.

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