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Shaw Impressed: Broner Could Be Next Mayweather

By Keith Idec

ATLANTIC CITY — Count Gary Shaw among those who are extremely impressed with Adrien Broner.

Shaw sat ringside Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall as Broner battered the proud Mexican warrior Shaw promotes. He couldn’t help but think that he was watching the second coming of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“From what I saw tonight, I think he could be the next Floyd,” Shaw said after Broner stopped DeMarco in the eighth round of their WBC lightweight title fight. “He’s fast, he’s got the moves, he’s got great defense. Obviously, he’s got punching power.

“He hurt DeMarco a few times underneath, cut him up. I think he’s the total package. There are very few guys, like DeMarco, who could’ve stood up to that punishment for eight rounds. … I’m very proud of the courage DeMarco showed and the way he fought tonight, but Broner’s special. He’s special.”

Mexico’s DeMarco (28-3-1, 20 KOs) absorbed a brutal beating for much of this one-sided HBO main event. There was significant swelling surrounding both of DeMarco’s eyes when the fight was stopped, and he bled at times from his mouth as Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) hammered him with power punches to the head and body from close distances.

The 23-year-old Broner finally floored DeMarco with a left-handed, half-hook/half-uppercut just past the midway mark of the eighth round. DeMarco made it to one knee, but referee Benjy Esteves called a halt to the action at 1:49 of the eighth round as one of DeMarco’s corner men made his way up the steps to his corner, waving a white towel.

“His shoulder roll and his defense was hard to penetrate,” said DeMarco, who was down 69-64 on all three scorecards when the fight was stopped. “It was very difficult to get my shots in, but I fought my heart out and gave it my all. I’ll be back.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Luilun on 11-19-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;12712324]ATLANTIC CITY — Count Gary Shaw among those who are extremely impressed with Adrien Broner. Shaw sat ringside Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall as Broner battered the proud Mexican warrior Shaw promotes. He couldn’t help but think that he was…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 11-19-2012

The next Mayweather? It should be Broner being the new superstar in the sport of boxing. How can he eclipse Mayweather when he is being compared to him? Floyd at Broner's age was already a better and more complete fighter.…

Comment by SkillspayBills on 11-18-2012

[QUOTE=FIGHTING_FLIP;12712362]broner has went from being looked at as a young ****y kid, to earning his respect around the boxing world. in just under 5 fights. amazing really[/QUOTE] SkillsPayBills bro. Broner has come into his own style and it is shinig…

Comment by -NAV- on 11-18-2012

[QUOTE=Pullcounter;12712884]Broner can eclipse Floyd if he doesn't make b!tch moves like Floyd[/QUOTE] if he doesnt get an ego and retire when his division is at its hottest yes.

Comment by Pullcounter on 11-18-2012

Broner can eclipse Floyd if he doesn't make b!tch moves like Floyd

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