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Antonio DeMarco: “Anyone who is willing to fight me, I will accept.”


With time running out and miles behind on points, Antonio DeMarco kept plugging away until, in the penultimate round, he managed to stop a wilting, crimson -soaked Jorge Linares thus completing his remarkable comeback last October. The win gave the 26-year-old Tijuana resident the vacant WBC lightweight title, allowing him to improve his record to 26-2-1 (19). Now a few months on, DeMarco is assessing his options in the deep 135-pound division after a well-earned break before making his return, which he hopes will be this spring.

Anson Wainwright  Firstly, congratulations on your outstanding recent title win over Jorge Linares. It was a real battle but you came on very strong late in the fight. Can you tell us your thoughts on the fight?
 
Antonio DeMarco - The fight against Jorge Linares was one of the toughest and bloodiest fights in my career. Without a doubt, winning the fight made me more mature as a fighter.
 
AW - How happy were you with your performance?

ADM - It was the second happiest day of my life. I achieved the goal I’ve always wanted, becoming a champion. I never imagined winning the title the way I did.

AW - Some people said that Linares was stopped early. What are your thoughts on that?
 
ADM - Jorge Linares is a strong fighter who put up a good fight. In reality, the fight was well-stopped. The referee [Raul Caiz Sr.] and people watching knew Linares couldn’t go on.

AW - What was it like and what did it mean to you to win the world title?
 
ADM - Winning the title was making my dream come true.

AW - It’s still early but when and against whom would you next like to fight?
 
ADM - As champion, I give the opportunity to whoever wants the title, Brandon Rios, Mike Katsidis, a rematch with Jorge Linares. Anyone who is willing to fight me, I will accept.

AW - The lightweight division has several top fighters and is very strong at the moment. What are your thoughts on the division and the other champions like the IBF’s Miguel Vazquez?
 
ADM - The lightweight division has many top fighters. I would like to fight other champions in my division to further my career.
 
AW - Could you tell us about your team? Also, where do you regularly train? 
 
ADM - My manager is Jorge Marron and my promoter is Gary Shaw. My trainers are [co-manager] Romulo Quirarte, Bobby Quirarte and Robert Quirarte. Gym Crea is where I train.
 
AW - Could you tell us about your early years growing up in Los Mochis, Mexico? Were things tough for you like they are for many boxers in Mexico?
 
ADM - My years growing up in Los Mochis were nice. I had many humble moments but I would try to make the best of bad situations. I had the toughest time coming to Tijuana to fulfill my dream of becoming World Champion.

AW - At the start of 2010, you fought Edwin Valero. Can you tell us about that fight and how it helped you prepare for Linares? How good a fighter was Valero?
 
ADM - Fighting Edwin Valero made me stronger and tougher. I learned a lot more about boxing and I gained more experience and confidence as a fighter.

AW - Your cousin is Humberto Soto, who vacated the WBC title that you just won. Can you tell us about your relationship with Humberto? How close are you?
 
ADM - Humberto Soto and I have a close relationship. We train in the same gym and we both grew up in Los Mochis.

AW - Could you tell us about your life away from boxing? What are your hobbies and interests? Do you or have you ever had to work another job as well as boxing?
 
ADM - I have not had to work other jobs. I am 100% dedicated to boxing. Outside of the ring, I love spending my free time with my family. I enjoy playing soccer and being with friends but most of all, being with my wife and daughter.
 
AW – Finally, do you have a message for the lightweight division?
 
ADM - My message to the lightweight division is to be prepared because one day, we could find ourselves in the ring. I wish everyone the best and good luck.
 
Questions and or comments can be sent to Anson at elraincoat@live.co.uk and you can follow him at www.twitter.com/AnsonWainwright.


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