By Felipe Leon
The WBC Silver lightweight title bout between Tijuana’s Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs) and Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) of Mexico City, MX, is beginning to take shape now that a venue has been determined. The twelve round championship fight will be held at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska, on February 26th. The fight will be televised on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing as the co-main event with Brandon Rios’ challenge for Miguel Acosta’s WBA lightweight title.
Billed as “Rumble in the Heartland”, the event will mark the first time a championship fight will be contested in the state of Nebraska, a fact that the 24-year-old DeMarco sees as a blessing.
“Well, it’s not a common place for a fight,” the WBC #1 ranked DeMarco said with a chuckle. “It’s not Las Vegas or any other city where fights are regularly held but I am proud to go fight in Nebraska. I hope the people support the fight and go so that they can witness a great fight.
DeMarco has held the title before but relinquished it in his challenge of the late Edwin Valero early last year. Since then, DeMarco rebounded with an impressive second round knock out of former title challenger Daniel Attah in Las Vegas last May. The #2 ranked Sanchez captured the vacant title in September ’10 when he was awarded a split decision over Daniel Estrada in Mexico City.
The Sanchez-DeMarco bout will top off an eight round fight card presented by Gary Shaw Promotions.