Rances Barthelemy will meet Antonio DeMarco on June 21st in PBC’s first time ever Sunday card on CBS, at the MGM Grand. Barthelemy (22-0 13 KO’s) former IBF super featherweight champion is moving up to junior welterweight and is looking for a title shot in the division.
He won in his debut in the division by beating journeyman Angino Perez by second-round knockout, proving his power is moving up with him in the higher divisions.
His opponent Antonio DeMarco (34-4-1 23 KO’s) is a tough Mexican who comes to win by any means necessary and is in your chest for the duration of the fight.
DeMarco poses as Barthelemy’s toughest test as of yet; he has faced the better opposition of the two. Coming up short against the likes of Adrien Broner and recently Jessie Vargas in a close one, DeMarco does still have good wins against John Molina and Jorge Linares, both by knockout.
Barthelemy, on the other hand, scored his most notable win against Argenis Mendez. Barthelemy will need to put his highly touted power on display against DeMarco or he will have a long night ahead of him.
This looks to be an action-packed fight Barthelemy may have the power to starch DeMarco, but one thing Barthelemy hasn’t had to deal with much in his career thus far is pressure.
DeMarco is an educated pressure fighter; he can win if his punches are in high volume.
In the end though I believe Barthelemy will win this one because of his equalizer, but also because he does have some good boxing ability utilizing some things he learned from the Cuban style.
I think that makes the difference, DeMarco can fall into becoming strictly a come-forward fighter and that may play into his opponents hands.
We will see how it plays out June 21st on CBS.