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Broner, DeMarco speak to the media

By Jeff Reiners for

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya introduced Adrien Broner to Wednesday’s news conference while keeping focus on the storm that has affected so many in Atlantic City. “In an effort to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief, Golden Boy will donate $2 per ticket and $1,000 per knockout to the Boys and Girls Club. Caesars Atlantic City and the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation will be matching each donation.”

Adrien Broner met with assembled media prior to embarking on a clean up effort in support of storm relief. He was respectful of WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco saying, “He’s definitely my best opponent so far.” To no surprise “The Problem” remains confident, “(DeMarco) was fighting good guys, but he wasn’t fighting Adrien Broner.”

Broner added that his confidence doesn’t come without caution. “A knockout is only a punch away. So you’re always careful. I’m stronger than a lot of people think. On Saturday you’ll see that.”

Antonio DeMarco was hesitant to give credence to the increasingly frequent Mayweather Broner comparisons. “With all due respect Broner is Broner and Mayweather is Mayweather.”

DeMarco’s promoter Gary Shaw mentioned an Atlantic City legend in an assessment of his fighter. “Antonio DeMarco is a wonderful champ. I believe he is a Mexican version of Arturo Gatti, a fixture in Atlantic City. It’s only fitting that he defend his title here against a fine fighter in Adrien Broner”

Broner ultimately feels the outcome of the fight rests on his shoulders and that he can adapt to any style. “I can make any fight look easy. It’s up to me. Different strokes for different folks. You don’t fight anybody the same.”

Broner closed the show in typical style. “It’s time to put on a show. You’re not just coming to a boxing show, you’re coming to the Adrien Broner show. It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be entertaining. There’s going to be a lot of smiles. Some might cry, but at the end they’ll laugh about it.”

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