The confident 23-year old boxer Adrien Broner looked very focused in his fight against Antonio DeMarco, knocking out the veteran in the eighth round to win the WBC Lightweight World Championship in Atlantic City Saturday night. Broner, who Oscar De La Hoya called a combination of himself, Floyd Mayweather, and Bernard Hopkins, is the jewel in the camp of boxers under his Golden Boy Promotions.
In the cofeatured main event, another of Golden Boy’s jewels, heavyweight Seth Mitchell, was knocked out in the second round by heavy underdog Johanthon Banks. The most shocking thing about the achievement is that Banks stepped in for Emanuel Steward, who recently passed away, to train Wladimir Klitschko in his fight a week earlier in Germany. From all boxing historians in attendance, it was the first time that such a feat had been accomplished.
Golden Boy Promotions, Ceasars Atlantic City, and Oscar De La Hoya combined to donate over $44,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City to help with recovery from the damage done by Hurricane Sandy. The total was raised by per-ticket donations and $7,000 from each of the three per knockout. All fights on the card ended with knockouts.