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Barthelemy decisions DeMarco; Vasquez defeats Omotoso

Antonio DeMarco(Photo credit: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions) By Jim Dower: Former IBF super featherweight champion Rances Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) easily defeated former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (35-5-1, 23 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barthelemy controlled most of the action, but his lack of punching power prevented him from finishing off DeMarco.

The final judges’ scores were 99-89, 99-89 and 99-89.

In a fight that took place at light welterweight, the 28-year-old Barthelemy, also known as “Kid Blast”, knocked a reluctant DeMarco down with a left to the head in the 4th round.

Barthelemy then continued to punish DeMarco with lefts and rights while frequently changing stances throughout the fight. DeMarco seemed to have problems letting his shots go for some reason. In the past he was known for having a high work rate, but he’s had a lot of wars and isn’t the same fighter he once was. This was the 29-year-old DeMarco’s third loss in his last six fights.

What we learned from this fight is that the 28-year-old Barthelemy isn’t the puncher that he was at super featherweight, and he’s going to need a lot of help when he gets inside the ring with the bigger punchers in the division like Lucas Matthysse. At light welterweight, the 5’11” Barthelemy is little more than a slapper at best. That kind of thing might have worked for him at super featherweight, but he’s going to be in a world of hurt if he gets put in the ring with the likes of Matthysse, Danny Garcia and Adrien Broner. Barthelemy might be better off losing some weight and dropping back down to super featherweight or fighting at lightweight, because he’s going to have a ton of problems at 140.

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Undefeated welterweight Sammy Vasquez (18-0, 13 KOs) stayed unbeaten in grinding out a 10 round unanimous decision win over Wale Omotoso (25-1, 21 KOs). The final judges’ scores were 98-92, 98-92 and 98-92. Vasquez dominated the early action with his combinations and power shots. However, Omotoso came on a little in the second half of the fight, and was able to badly bruise up the face of Vasquez. Neither fighter looked world class, and it’s hard to see Vasquez going anywhere in the welterweight division. He’s too easy to hit, and he’s not a big puncher.


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