Antonio DeMarco vs. Jesus Gurrola this Saturday in Tijuana, Mexico
By Eric Thomas: Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (29-3-1, 22 KO’s) will be fighting this Saturday night in a scheduled 10 round bout against 31-year-old Jesus Gurrola (20-5-3, 9 KO’s) in a bout in the light welterweight class at the Casino Hipodromo Agua Caliente, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
DeMarco, 27, fought only once in 2013 in beating Fidel Monterrosa Munoz by a 5th round TKO win last year in August. DeMarco lost his WBC 135 lb. title To Adrien Broner by an 8th round stoppage in November of 2012. The loss might have been a tough blow to DeMarco’s psyche, because he stayed out of the ring for 9 months following the loss. He then took off another 5 months before his scheduled fight against Gurrola on Saturday.
The 5’10” DeMarco has the height to be a decent contender in the light welterweight division, but he’s perhaps too slender and too upright to be fighting in this weight class. He’d be better off fighting at lightweight, and focusing on learning to use his jab and legs a lot more. DeMarco just stands in front of his opponents looking to land power shots rather than using his height and reach in his favor.
DeMarco is now being trained at the Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles, California. Hopefully, he an pick up some head movement and learn how to keep from getting hit so much. In his fights against Broner, Edwin Valero and Jorge Linares, DeMarco has taken way too much punishment. To his credit, he was able to rally to stop Linares in the 11th round in 2011, but he still got hit way too much by Linares in that fight.
DeMarco is going to need to fight a lot more frequently, because by fighting only once a year, he’s not going to do himself any favors if he wants to get a world title shot in the future.
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