Friday, March 24, 2023  |


Bradley-Abregu undercard: DeMarco stops Attah in two


Former lightweight contender Antonio DeMarco looked sharp in his first fight since being stopped by Edwin Valero, stopping shopworn former 130-pound title challenger Daniel Attah in the second round of a scheduled 10 rounder on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley-Carlos Abregu fight in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Saturday.

DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 knockouts) dropped Attah (24-6-1, 8 KOs) in the final minute of the second round. Attah got up on wobbly legs but the Mexican national rocked him again, prompting referee Raul Caiz Sr. to step between the fighters and halt the bout. Attah protested the stoppage by trying to shove Caiz out of the way.

DeMarco showed no ill effects from the 10 round beating he absorbed from late KO artist Valero in February.

Also in action on the undercard, lightweight prospect Abraham Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs), of La Puente, Calif., stopped normally durable Willshaun Boxely (5-7, 3 KOs), of Coon Rapids, Mich., at the end of the third round.

Junior welterweight prospect Art Hovhannesyan (12-0-1, 6 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., outpointed veteran journeyman Christian Favela (19-28-6, 10 KOs), Los Angeles, over eight competitive rounds. The transplanted Armenian won by scores of 78-74 and 77-75 (twice).

In the best fight on the undercard, Ruffino Serrano (6-3) scored a minor upset by outhustling junior lightweight prospect Eduardo Cruz (1-1, 1 KOs) over four rounds. Serrano, a flamboyant sort with multi-colored hair, won a hard-fought unanimous decision by scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.