Any warrior will say that when he is preparing for a battle inside a ring, his sparring partners are a very important ingredient for his success and for the interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17KO), who is preparing for his title bout against the absolute champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26KO), it isn’t any different. “It is very important, the sparring partners help me with my work and they are willing to do anything. The partners I am using right now have the right style for Valero,” DeMarco of Los Mochis but living in Tijuana, MX, said. “They are pressuring me and they are making me work. I am working on my reflexes and working me hard, at full capacity.”
At the same time, his sparring partners have measured DeMarco’s development as he prepares for February 6th in Monterrey, MX.
“I think he is doing great, he has very solid punch. I have a lot of confidence in his punch as well as his intelligence and his ability to box intelligently,” Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero (18-2, 14KO), who is also trained by Romulo Quirarte and his sons, stated. “I think he is doing good right now and we are about three weeks away from his fight and I think he is going to get even better. I don’t think Valero will be able to stop him.”
“I help him according to the instructions of Don Romulo. I try to follow them to a ‘t’. It doesn’t matter if he gets the best of me as long as it helps him and he wins his fight. We are gym partners and whatever I can do to help him, I will.”
As well as Quintero, welterweight southpaw Israel Ornelas (7-3-2, 4KO) has laced up the gloves to help DeMarco.
“I think DeMarco has a great chance against Valero. I have seen both fight and DeMarco has power and speed,” Ornelas stated. “Valero throws a lot of punches but with what I have seen with sparring with DeMarco, I think he has enough tools to be able to handle Valero.”
“He’s smooth. He uses his distance well since he is tall. I think once he gets a little bit more speed he is going to be even better,” the undefeated Mercito Gesta (16-0-1, 7KO), of Cebu City, PI, but living in San Diego, CA, said. “I think it is going to be a tough fight for both of them. I think there is going to be some knockdowns for both of them in that fight.”
For the 24-year-old DeMarco, his sparring partners are a big part of his preparation and he believes that if he could handle them, he will not have any problems with the Venezuelan champion.
“I do think that I have the correct sparring for this fight and I do dare to say that my partners are more technically sound than Valero. Valero has power but my sparring partners are more complete boxers.”