By Matt Richardson and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
It was target practice for former WBO 130lb champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (25-0, 21 KOs), who took apart WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 KOs) to claim the green belt on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Broner was too fast and two strong for the game but outclassed DeMarco who was finally battered to the deck in round eight.
In an important heavyweight match, WBC #6/IBF #12 Johnathon Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) scored an explosive second round KO over previously unbeaten WBO #3/WBC #7 Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs). Banks, who is also the trainer of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, dropped Mitchell three times in round two and the fight was waved off by referee Eddie Cotton. Time was 2:37. Banks claimed Mitchell’s NABO title and won the vacant WBC International heavyweight title.
Junior middleweight Phil Lo Greco rose from a hard first round knockdown to controversially stop Daniel Sostre in the seventh frame. Sostre didn’t appear visibly hurt but after absorbing a combination in the corner, the referee stepped in just 45 seconds into the frame to call a halt to the fight. Lo Greco is now 25-0 with 13 KO wins; Sostre is 11-8-1 with 4.
Former junior welterweight contender Demetrius Hopkins (32-2-1, 12 KOs) stopped Joshua Snyder (9-8-1, 3 KOs) in the fifth round of a scheduled eight. Snyder was down once in the seventh before being stopped on his feet seconds later. Time of the stoppage was 1:26.
Junior middleweight Julian Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) broke down Jonuel Tapia over seven rounds, stopping Tapia on his feet at the 2:10 mark. By round two, Tapia’s face was marked up and by the seventh round the end was inevitable. Tapia falls to 8-3-1 with 5 KOs.
In a welterweight bout, Zachary Ochoa stopped Michael Salcido in the first round of a scheduled four. Salcido was dropped to the canvas three times before the bout was halted at the 2:09 mark. Ochoa is still unbeaten with all three of his professional wins coming via knockout. Salcido drops to 1-5.
In a lightweight affair, unbeaten Terron Grant made quick work of Abraham Esquivel, stopping Esquivel in one round. Esquivel was knocked down three times, being dropped by body shots before being finished with two rights at the 2:14 mark. Grant moves to 5-0 with three wins inside the distance. Esquivel is 5-3 with three.