A real matchup at lightweight takes place tonight at The Arena in Monterrey, Mexico as WBC titlist Edwin Valero meets the Interim WBC beltholder, Antonio DeMarco.
Valero, 26-0 (26), needs no introduction as the reigning KO king of the sport. The 28 year old southpaw from Venezuela has finished off every single opponent who has stepped into a ring with him and previously held the WBA super feather belt.
24 year old DeMarco, 23-1-1 (17), from Tijuana, Mexico, also a southpaw, has won 12 in a row including a tenth round stoppage of former WBA lightweight titlist Jose Alfaro in October to capture the Interim WBC crown.
Valero is in a league of his own in the power department and DeMarco can certainly punch but this contest will likely come down to who can take the shots better.
Neither fighter is defensively oriented, gaining victories behind overwhelming offensive skills and the man that can back the other up in the second half of the fight, if it goes that long, will likely emerge the winner.
Look for the taller DeMarco to come forward early on behind his straight punching style and Valero to use his quick countering abilities to discourage the Mexican.
If the tide of the bout changes it will be from Valero's lightning left hands, often delivered while leaping in, causing DeMarco to hesitate before throwing.
If Valero can discourage DeMarco's offense, the champion should keep his world title belt but if DeMarco can land his punches flush and take Valero's tremendous one punch power then we could see a new owner of the WBC crown.