SecondOut’s army of writers once again put their reputations on the line to predict the outcome of two of the big fights from the UK and America on Saturday night. At the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Antonio DeMarco from Mexico defends his WBC lightweight title against unbeaten puncher Adrien Broner while in Nottingham, England, Carl Froch makes the first defence of his IBF super-middleweight against Yusaf Mack.
Froch Vs Mack
As I said in my column(secondsout.com/features/main-features/carl-froch-is-the-real-deal) earlier this week, I don’t quite see this as a mismatch but I do see Froch controlling the entire fight with his busier workrate and heavier punching power. Mack will give it his all but Froch will wear him down around the sixth round mark to set up a rematch with Mikkel Kessler
Froch tko 6
Broner Vs DeMarco
I see this fight decided on speed and power both of which Broner has in abundance compared to the champion. Whilst both are largely untested at the highest level I do believe Broner’s punch power and speed of delivery will ultimately break down DeMarco much the same way Edwin Valero did back in 2010. I see Broner getting the job done around about the 10th round.
Broner tko 10
Editor In Chief
Broner vs DeMarco
A lot of fans and experts expect Adrien Broner to make mincemeat of Antonio De Marco but I see this one differently. The Cincinnati native struggled terribly against Ponce De Leon and many at the MGM arena considered him lucky to get the decision against the veteran southpaw. This will be the first left hander Broner has faced since that time and he is at his peak. De Marco is sharp, punches well from angles and knows his way around a ring. I can’t see Broner being able to bully the Mexican and when he wins the decision it will be very close, perhaps even controversial.
Broner Split Decision pts 12
Froch vs Mack
The challenge for Carl Froch is looking good in this fight because it is highly doubtful that he loses to Yusuf Mack. The Nottingham star has been facing world class opponents consecutively for over two years and frequently enters the ring as an underdog. The Cobra thrives on being overlooked but now faces a fighter deemed incapable of coping with his strength and tenacity so anything less than a spectacular win will be criticized. Froch, early in his career, fought to the level of the opposition but there’s too much on the line now and Mack has been halted on four occasions. I don’t expect the American to see the finish line in this one either.
Froch tko 6
Froch v Mack
Let’s be clear about this. In boxing, there are no ’easy’ fights. But, and especially in Carl Froch’s case considering his remarkable opponent list, there are ’easier’ fights. On Saturday night in Nottingham Philadelphian Yusaf Mack presents an ’easier’ fight than the Andre Wards and Mikkel Kesslers of this world. But the American is experienced and skilful and Froch will have to have to summon his usual grit and power to get the job done. Which he should by round seven.
Froch tko 7
Broner vs DeMarco
"Adrien Broner will be in with his toughest opponent so far in his career when he moves up in weight to take on WBC lightweight champ Antonio DeMarco. The young Cincinnati native has taken some harsh criticism lately on his pre and post-fight antics. That aside, he has delivered in impressive fashion more often than not. He seems to be on the verge of becoming the next superstar in boxing. Antonio DeMarco is a true Mexican warrior and fights with a massive amount of pride and courage. His fight with Linares proved that he can force a boxer to fight. Broner will have to fight smart, box, and pick his shots against the taller southpaw. I think his defense, timing, and overall boxing IQ will guide him to a decisive win in Atlantic City."
Broner W Pts 12
Froch vs Mack
Carl Froch has been in some very tough fights and continues to impress. He proved that he is clearly the second best at 168 behind Andre Ward after his one-sided dismantling of Lucian Bute in Nottingham. Yusaf Mack is no cheap date and gave Tavoris Cloud trouble before running out of gas in their IBF title fight. The tough Philly fighter will show up ready for action as always. Froch is just too much for him and will box his way into the middle rounds before finishing off Mack for good.
Froch tko 8
Broner Vs DeMarco
I am glad to be covering this card ringside for SecondsOut. Truthfully, I am surprised to see it is coming off and not being relocated due to the massive destruction New Jersey endured from Hurricane Sandy a couple of weeks back. Unfortunately, for the defending WBC lightweight champion Demarco, I think there will be additional destruction inside of the ring. Demarco was once one of my most highly touted prospects, but since his defeat to Edwin Valero, I have to question his heart. Even before winning the title, I saw a guy who lacked that next gear to raise him to the top. Then, suddenly he became a champion. He lost nearly every round to Jorge Linares before he was finally able to breakdown one of the most fragile men in the sport. Sure, it was dramatic, but based on post-Linares performances, I wonder if it should have been if Demarco was ready to be the goods of the division. He’s followed that win up nice with some stoppages of very slow opposition. In Adrien Broner, he will be meeting the fastest hands he’s encountered. Now, Broner isn’t exactly battle tested himself and more than a few of us viewers felt he should have lost to Daniel Ponce De Leon on HBO already. However, that was his first big spotlight and he passed it. Demarco cannot say the same about his quit job versus Valero. Broner too will be stepping up from his recent opposition, but don’t be fooled by the issue of weight. Although he is coming up from 130, Broner has already fought nineteen bouts at lightweight or above and will be the more filled out lightweight come fight night. I see a boxing exhibition of speed and movement against ineffective pressure. Demarco will stay on Broner’s chest, but he will be too slow to lead and too slow not to be countered mercilessly. Demarco will fall behind immediately and there won’t be any late round heroics in this one. I honestly could see the fight going the distance, but I think the referee steps in or Demarco surrenders on his stool.
Broner ko 11
I am a fan of Yusaf Mack, but I am an admirer of Carl Froch. Mack always comes to fight and he is a finely skilled practitioner, but, like Jorge Linares, he is one who lacks the durability to become a true elite. I do not think dropping from light heavyweight for this one bodes well for him. Froch has one of the most demanding strength of schedules in the sport and the fact that Yusaf Mack is viewed as a step down emphasizes this fact. Mack has jumped out to an early lead on some of his top opponents, but I don’t see that happening here. Froch is champion again and riding high off his crushing win over Lucian Bute. I think he wants to make a statement and his punch is more than enough to do it against Mack’s chin. I see Froch starting quickly again and mack instantly going into his shell. When Mack retaliates, Froch will make him pay for it. However, Mack is also a man of pride and knows this is perhaps his last big opportunity, so he is going to try to win and not just take paycheck. Froch’s right hand won’t be missing too much and will produce four knockdowns before the night is over.
Froch ko 7
Adrien Broner - Antonio DeMarco
Despite an attitude that can be grating, Adrien Broner is a special talent who seems to be getting better with each outing. Antonio DeMarco is a good, tough, honest fighter and being a southpaw could present some problems for Broner. But DeMarco is also a slow starter and is often there to be hit. Broner will take advantage of all that and stop DeMarco late.
Broner TKO 11 DeMarco
Carl Froch - Yusaf Mack
Carl Froch is a huge favorite going into this bout and it’s certainly justified. His resume for his last eight or nine fights easily matches or surpasses any fighter’s in the sport. The fight with Yusaf Mack can be looked at as a necessary breather for the IBF super middleweight champion. Even though anything can happen at any moment in the ring the odds for this fight have it about right. I really don’t see any problems for Carl. I think he picks Mack apart and then roughs him up on the inside early and stops him in the sixth or seventh round.
Froch ko 6 Mack
DeMarco Vs Broner
Broner is too skilled and fast. His combinations and defense will befuddle the straight up DeMarco. Broner’s punches will damage De Marco’s face with cuts around both eyes. He will put up a brave front until De Marco is halted by the ring doctor around the tenth.
Broner tko 10
Froch Vs Mack
I think if you saw the Froch Bute fight you can watch something else. Maybe an old sitcom is your choice. I will go for Froch dishing out a real beating to Mack, stopping the Challenger in five.
Froch tko 5
DeMarco = 5
Broner = 0
Froch = 6
Mack = 0
November 17, 2012