By Felipe Leon
As it was announced last week, newly minted WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (26-2-1, 19KOs) of Tijuana by way of Los Mochis, Mexico, will make his first defense of the title he captured late last year in one of the best comebacks in recent memory when down on all three judge’s cards, DeMarco stopped a badly bruised, beaten and bloodied Jorge Linares on the under card of Dawson-Hopkins at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Late last week, the opponent was announced in Chihuahua’s Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-9, 28KOs). The scheduled twelve round bout will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa on Saturday, March 17th, as part of their weekly boxing series, “Sabados de Corona” and presented by Baja Boxing in association with Gary Shaw Promotions.
Roman has disputed for a world title once before versus Argentina’s Jonathan Barrios in the featherweight division.
“We have been able to secure a very good fights for the fans,” Antonio Lozada, President of Baja Boxing, stated. “We were very careful in choosing an opponent and we do not doubt that it will be an interesting and spectacular match up because of the styles of both fighters. We want to thank Mr. Gary Shaw for the faith that he has put in us in promote this great fight in Mexico.”
It was also announced that the championship bout will serve also as a homecoming for DeMarco since it will be held in his native city of Los Mochis, Mexico, where DeMarco has not performed in since early in his career.
The twenty-six year old DeMarco mentioned that he was pleased in facing Roman who he knew would come to fight and give a great show for the fans of his hometown. “This is very motivating. We know that ‘Mickey’ likes to look for the fight and nobody has ever knocked him out. We are going to get together with my trainer Romulo Quirarte the right strategy so that we can win this fight and if it’s by knock out, even better. It would be an honor to be able to stop a fighter as tough as Roman.”
“Roman is a fighter with much experience. He is a dangerous opponent who nobody has knocked out and we know he is going to pressure and force the fight at all times,” Quirarte added. “That guarantees us a great fight of a world class level and that is what people want to see. I think that DeMarco will have to use all his resources if he wants to hold on to that title.”
Last Friday, DeMarco fulfilled the WBC mandated thirty day pre-weighing at the Tijuana Boxing commission office. Certified by the Tijuana boxing commissioner Alejandro “Terra” Garcia, DeMarco tipped the scales at 144 lbs.
“I am not a fighter that has problems with my weight. I have always gotten down to my fight weight very comfortably because I don’t suffer to make the limit of my division,” DeMarco said. “I have dropped nine pounds in one month plenty of times before. It isn’t something out of the ordinary. I think I will be in excellent shape for my first defense.”