WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco isn't counting Adrien Broner as an unusually big fight on November 17, even though it really is his biggest opportunity to date.
While it's his first HBO main event and will undoubtedly wind up his most-watched fight on American TV to date, Antonio DeMarco says that his November 17 fight in Atlantic City with Adrien Broner isn't the biggest fight of his career:
"Assuming everything goes well it will be good for my career but being honest it isn't the biggest or most important fight of my career. Those fights (the most important) got me to the point where I was able to get this fight. I'm sure that a win will get me even bigger fights."
It's an interesting quote and worth noting and all that, but let's be real here: Yes, this is the biggest fight of Antonio DeMarco's career. It's a bigger fight than his bout with Edwin Valero and much bigger than his fights with Jorge Linares or John Molina. This is a chance for him to become a much bigger star than he's ever been before. An upset over Broner --- a rising golden child of the HBO boxing brand, and maybe for the sport as a whole -- would be enormous.
It also, it should be said, is the biggest and on-paper toughest fight of Broner's career.
DeMarco (28-2-1, 19 KO) will be defending his WBC lightweight title against the unbeaten Broner (24-0, 20 KO). Broner seems to be the fairly clear favorite among most observers, fans, and media, but this is one of those sneaky fights that has everything going for it on paper, even if it's not one of the sort's bigger events.