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DeMarco coming out of brief retirement to face Figueroa

Antonio DeMarco is returning from a brief retirement to face Omar Figueroa Jr. Xaume Olleros/AFP/Getty Images

Well that was quick. Junior welterweight Antonio DeMarco’s retirement from boxing lasted less than two months.

Two days after his near-shutout 10-round unanimous-decision loss to Rances Barthelemy on June 21, DeMarco, 29, announced his retirement.

“I feel at peace and at the same time disappointed with myself,” DeMarco said, in part in a statement that day. “I thank God and boxing and the people who always supported me for all they gave me during my career. It’s tough, but I know God will show me new goals and dreams to conquer.”

But DeMarco has had a change of heart in less time than the typical training camp lasts.

Zanfer Promotions, DeMarco’s promoter, told ESPN.com that DeMarco is returning on a Premier Boxing Champions card Sept. 26 (NBC and NBCSN) to face fellow former lightweight titleholder Omar Figueroa Jr., 25, on the undercard of heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder’s second defense -- against an opponent to be determined -- relatively unknown 34-year-old Frenchman Johann Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) is the leading candidate -- in Wilder’s home state of Alabama.

DeMarco (31-5-1, 23 KOs), of Mexico, got knocked down by former junior lightweight titlist Barthelemy and lost 99-89 on all three judges’ scorecards on the PBC card in June.

Figueroa (25-0-1, 18 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, is coming off an exciting unanimous decision against former lightweight and junior lightweight titlist Ricky Burns of Scotland on a May 9 PBC show.