"I think I have the experience needed, along with my team, to develop the strategy to win the fight...I hope it is true what he says of coming forward because then I know it will be a great fight, but if he does do it, I won't be worried, I have enough experience to deal with anything. I have faced great fighters and no fighter or stage frightens me...I feel I have the capacity to stop Broner, mentally and physically," stated WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco, who talked about his upcoming November 17 title defense against undefeated former super featherweight champion Adrien Broner. Check it out!
PC: Antonio, how is everything going?
AD: Everything is good; better than I expected. I am surprised how well camp is going and how well my body is reacting to the work. I owe it to the fact that I didn't stop training since my last fight. My weight is on track and I feel ready, both mentally and physically.
PC: I'm sure training camp has picked up. Broner has a difficult style. Do you feel you have the sparring partners that can give you the look of Adrien Broner?
AD: I don't think it is so much the style of the sparring partners, because we are never going to find somebody that fights exactly like Broner and they are not going to find somebody that fights like me. I think I have the experience needed, along with my team, to develop the strategy to win the fight.
PC: For the most part, your last few opponents have been fairly quiet in the trash talk department. Broner is the total opposite of that. Does it bother you that he says some of the things that he says or are you using it as motivation?
AD: It doesn't bother me at all. More than anything, it motivates and it is to my favor that he keeps talking. Let him promote my name, promote the fight, and if he ends up losing, he is the one that will look bad, not me.
PC: When looking for a flaw in his game, most point to the Ponce De Leon fight. Are you doing the same thing or have you seen some flaws in his other fights as well?
AD: I have seen his fight with Ponce de Leon, but I am not focusing on it. I have been studying his last fight with Escobedo more, but again, not focusing on it. I am working on getting myself to the fight at 100%. Each fight is different and I am getting ready for the best Broner out there. I am coming with the same hunger as always to retain my title. I took this fight so that I can win and write my name in boxing's history books and give my career a sense of credibility.
PC: What do you think will separate you from Adrien Broner on November 17th and assure you have your hand raised that night?
AD: Everybody works to win; nobody likes to lose. We are ready to leave everything in the ring, the same hunger as always to continue to be a world champion. I am very motivated and working very hard to climb into the ring at 1,000,000%, like I like to say. That's all I can do and then it's God's will. Let the best man win.
PC: He said last week on the site that people shouldn't be surprised if he came forward and walked you down. Are you buying that or do you think it's just his way of trying to throw you off your game?
AD: I am not too worried on what he says. He has the right to think and say what he pleases and I respect that. If that is the way he needs to be to motivate himself, I respect that. To each his own. It doesn't surprise me and it doesn't bother me. I hope it is true what he says of coming forward because then I know it will be a great fight, but if he does do it, I won't be worried, I have enough experience to deal with anything. I have faced great fighters and no fighter or stage frightens me.
PC: He also said it could be an early night. With that being said, you have stopped your last 3 opponents. Do you think you can not only hand Broner his first defeat, but stop him as well?
AD: I feel I have the capacity to stop Broner, mentally and physically.
PC: Have you and your team considered the possibility of Broner not making weight, and if so, what are the plans if that happens?
AD: We hope that he makes the weight. He wants to be a world champion again and he should make the weight. My promoter Gary Shaw did state that if he doesn't make the weight, then there is no fight. I think that was made very clear.
PC: I wish you the best of luck. I don't think you are capable of being in a boring fight, so I really look forward to this one. Is there anything you want to say in closing?
AD: Thank you very much for your time and taking an interest in my career.