Don't let the record fool you
By Dimitrios Verteouris (March 22, 2008) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Raquel Gonzalez)  
After four bouts, his record stands at two victories, two defeats. Nicky DeMarco of Brooklyn is the little guy everyone loves to cheer for. The 29 year old Italian, who now resides in Staten Island, has made some noise in his first four pro fights. After turning pro in August of 2006, he won his first two fights via quick knockouts, and it seemed that Nicky DeMarco was heading down a golden path. He was entertaining and a local fan favorite, as evidenced by the hundreds of people that make the trip to support him. He punches with power in both hands and is willing to battle toe to toe for as long as the fight lasts. A good
looking kid who is marketable and willing to excite fans, all the while fighting with polished boxing skill, DeMarco had all the tools of becoming a hot prospect in the 130 pound division.
Great things were expected for the young fighter, but a lot can change in the blink of an eye in boxing. DeMarco's third fight was against a fighter who his team did not properly research. DeMarco stands at 5 feet, 5 inches, but his opponent stood at an astounding six feet. The decision was a close one, but DeMarco lost. On the undercard of the Paulie Malignaggi’s first championship defense, DeMarco had a chance to bounce back.  Yet once again, DeMarco ended up with a defeat. Had he been playing baseball, his average would stand at .500, but boxing and baseball are far different games. 
In a four round battle, DeMarco picked himself up and fought back in an attempt to even the scorecards. It was too little, too late. Losing the fight by a point on one judge’s scorecard makes you feel better knowing that the knockdown was the only reason you lost, but it doesn't help the pain in knowing there is a second loss on your record. It’s cases like this where it shows how crucial a good management team is needed in order to build and mature a fighter. Many of the good
fighters or prospects of today are brought up very carefully. Even some champions of today are still brought up lightly. Letting a fighter progress fight by fight is a very important part in molding a fighter into what he will be as a veteran. DeMarco has stepped off the scales for now in order to put together his new team that will help him climb the ladder gradually. A hot ticket seller in New York and apparently a high demand to see him at The Hammerstein Ballroom, DeMarco is looking to pencil himself in for the end of May.

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