DeMarco gracious in defeat

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Antonio DeMarco put up a gallant effort against Adrien Broner but was simply outgunned and outclassed in their lightweight title fight on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall.

DeMarco, making his third title defense, was facing an extraordinarily talented fighter in Broner, who is fast, elusive and powerful.

Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) broke down DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 KOs), dropped him in the eighth round with a gorgeous six-punch combination and stopped him when DeMarco's corner threw in the towel. I'm not sure the towel-tossing was even necessary because I'm not so sure DeMarco was going to beat the count. And even if he had, I believe referee Benjy Esteves, one of boxing's best, would have stopped the fight.

One thing about DeMarco: He's a classy guy. He didn't run and hide after the fight. He showed up at the postfight news conference and gave Broner all of the credit he deserved.

"As we know how to win, we know how to lose, and that is why I am here," DeMarco said. "I want to congratulate Broner. He is a great fighter, and tonight was his night.

"Broner is a very elusive fighter. I fell into his game and into his fight. Without a doubt, Broner is a very complete fighter. I am glad to have fought him. I like big challenges and I think Broner is a super fighter. Congratulations to him."

DeMarco, 26, of Mexico, fought through incredible poverty to get to a world title, and he earned about $600,000 for his loss. He said he will be back.

"It doesn't end here," he said. "I want to show my daughter that dreams can come true, and I want to stay [in boxing]. I want to thank the people that have supported me."

In defeat, DeMarco, his face covered with bruises and welts, was almost uplifting in his comments.

"This was a great experience for me in my career," he said. "I am a very brave guy and I will come back with more hunger. I make that promise for my family, for my daughter and for my baby on the way. I want to be a good example for them."