Antonio DeMarco signs with Zanfer, returns on August 10

Ezra Shaw

Former lightweight titlist will face Fidel Monterrosa in Tijuana next weekend.

Antonio DeMarco has made a move to get his career back on track, breaking ties with Gary Shaw and signing with Mexican promotional giant Zanfer, who already have him booked to fight on August 10 at the Agua Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana. DeMarco will face Fidel Monterrosa on TV Azteca.

DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 KO) won the WBC lightweight title with a stirring comeback TKO of Jorge Linares in October 2011, and successfully defended the belt against Miguel Roman and John Molina, the latter a 44-second stoppage that aired on HBO in September 2012. Two months later, he was back and was totally outclassed by Adrien Broner in his first HBO main event.

The 27-year-old DeMarco still figures to be a serious contender in what is currently a very weak division. After maturing into a well-rounded fighter, his only losses have come to Broner and Edwin Valero, who at the time looked to be turning into one of the best fighters in the world.

Monterrosa (31-7-1, 25 KO) generally beats bad fighters and then loses to the better foes he faces, including Ali Chebah, Humberto Soto (twice!), and Pablo Cesar Cano. He figures to be little more than a comeback foe for DeMarco.

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