DeMarco not interested in Gamboa bout
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco’s team has reportedly turned down a fight against super featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KO’s) for a fight that would have been televised by HBO.
Dan Rafael says that the fight was offered to DeMarco for the Spring, as HBO still owes DeMarco a fight from his deal to fight Adrien Broner last November, but DeMarco’s team wasn’t interested in taking the fight.
DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 KO’s) hasn’t fought since being stopped by Broner in that fight, and he still doesn’t have anything scheduled now four months later. Granted, DeMarco, #3 WBC, #13 WBO, took a real beating by Broner in that fight, but he should at least be looking to get back in the ring soon, shouldn’t he? You don’t want to see DeMarco losing a year of his career just because he got beaten up by Broner.
I think Gamboa would be too fast and too powerful for DeMarco if that fight would have taken place, but it would have been a good payday for DeMarco and he’d have a chance to do what he did to Jorge Linares by wearing Gamboa down if he could handle his power.
DeMarco took a lot of punishment in his 11th round knockout win over Linares in October 2011. If DeMarco could handle Gamboa’s power for 9 or 10 rounds, maybe he might be able to do the same thing he did to Linares. I wouldn’t bet on it, but at least there would be a chance.
DeMarco might be able to pick up Broner’s WBC strap after he moves up in weight. At 27, DeMarco is young enough to wait Broner out until he moves up to 140 or 147, and then DeMarco can move in and scoop up his WBC title the easy way against #2 WBC Nihito Arakawa. That’s definitely a winnable fight for DeMarco when the time comes, but he might have to wait a little while longer before Broner decides to finally move up.