Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (29-3-1, 21 KOs) stopped rugged Fidel Monterrosa (31-8-1, 25 KOs) in round five at the Tecate Arena in Tijuana, Mexico Saturday night.
DeMarco, 27, hasn’t been seen in the ring since losing his crown to Adrien Broner nine months ago. The former champion and his team decided to move up to the highly competitive junior welterweight division.
Monterrosa, 25, had his moments throughout the fight. His aggressiveness caused problems for DeMarco. A number of his right hands landed.
With blood streaming down the left side of his face, due to an accidental head butt in round four, Demarco battled back with combinations that left Monterrosa staggering at the end of the stanza.
In round five, DeMarco, a southpaw scored a flash knockdown. His left hand clipped Monterrosa consistently. The Columbian, though tired, fought back with heavy hooks. DeMarco delivered a solid body shot that put Monterrosa down for a second time.
The gallant warrior pulled himself up at nine, but referee Juan Jose Ramirez had seen enough.
He waved off the contest at 1:21 of round five.
The fight was something of a homecoming for Demarco. He made his professional debut in the same arena in 2004.
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