After nine rounds of action in Monterry, Antonio DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KO) had shown a ton of heart and that he possesses a great chin. As I mentioned earlier this week, DeMarco wasn’t ready or frankly good enough against WBC titlist Edwin Valero (27-0, 27 KO) as he was thoroughly out-classed by the Venezuelan.
After a close first round, Valero suffered a nasty cut on his forehead following an accidental elbow, similar to Marco Antonio Barrera’s cut against Amir Khan but without affecting Valero’s eyesight. DeMarco went on to win that round on my card as he landed some decent shots that made Valero change his approach.
From then on, it was all Valero. The constant pressure, impressive jab to set-up the big left hook and his ever-improving boxing ability saw him nullify everything DeMarco had to offer.
It wasn’t that DeMarco had an off-night, he proved a hell of a lot last night, he was just not ready. He came out of the blocks tentative, never got on the front foot and never imposed himself on Valero. At 24, DeMarco still has a lot of miles in the tank and he could be challenging for another title next year, although he has a lot to work on.
Valero was very impressive as he tactically broke and wore down DeMarco. It wasn’t your usual Valero performance, ‘Dinamita’ controlled the fight and threw clever combinations not wild shots that missed half of the time. However, seeing DeMarco take all those power punches from Valero makes you question his level of opponents over the last couple of fights, doesn’t it?
In the co-feature, Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KO) put on an entertaining show with Richard Guttierez (24-4-1, 14 KO) as both fighters hit the deck in the 10-round thriller. The ringside judges scored the fight 98-90, 97-91 and 97-91 all in favour of Abregu. The BTBC scored it much closer, 95-93 in favour of Abregu.