Rances Barthelemy vs Antonio DeMarco Preview June 21st
Former super featherweight world champion Rances Barthelemy of Cuba will be moving up in weight this Sunday, June 21 when he takes on former lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco of Mexico in a junior welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is yet another Premier Boxing Champions telecast and it can be seen in Canada and the U.S. on Sunday afternoon at 4pm ET on the CBS network. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.
The 28-year-old Barthelemy is unbeaten and enters the ring with a perfect record of 22-0 along with 13 Kos. The 29-year-old DeMarco is 31-4-1 with 23 Kos to his name. This gives Barthelemy a knockout ratio of 57 per cent while DeMarco’s stands at 64 per cent. Barthelemy has a slight height advantage as he’s 5-feet-11-inches tall and DeMarco is 5-foot-10. The reach advantage also goes to Barthelemy as his wingspan is 73 inches compared to DeMarco’s 71 inches. The only other major difference is the fact that DeMarco’s a southpaw.
Barthelemy enjoyed a fine amateur career and defected to America prior to the 2008 Olympic Games. He made his pro debut in 2009, has fought 101 rounds since then and stopped 10 of his first 12 opponents. His best wins so far have come against the likes of Argenis Mendez, Arash Usmanee, and Fernando Saucedo. His last bout was a second-round TKO over Angino Perez in March. Barthelemy has plenty of boxing skills and enough power to be dangerous. He may not be the most exciting fighter in the world, but he always gets the job done.
DeMarco turned pro in 2004 and has boxed 188 rounds since then. His last outing was a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Jesse Vargas and he’s also been beaten by Adrien Broner, Edwin Valero and Anthony Vasquez with Broner and Valero both stopping him. His best wins have been against John Molina Jr, Jorge Linares, Jose Reyes and Daniel Attah. DeMarco has a crowd-pleasing aggressive style, but his chin has let him down on a couple of occasions. DeMarco’s fights are usually always entertaining and hopefully this will follow that trend. However, Barthelemy is a slick boxer who will try to box his way to victory rather than slug it out.
DeMarco likes to dictate the pace with his aggressive style, but he needs to make sure he doesn’t leave himself open for Barthelemy’s counters. The slight height and reach disadvantages will work against DeMarco as he tries to get inside and punish his opponent. DeMarco will give it a good shot, but it’s likely the more skilled and polished Barthelemy will have enough rounds in the bank to win this bout by decision. There’s also a chance he stops DeMarco late in the fight. Either way, look for Barthelemy to remain unbeaten.
Sportsbook 5dimes.eu has the latest odds on all of the big fights. The odds of a Barthelemy victory are listed at -530 while a DeMarco is listed at +350. Visit 5Dimes.eu to see up to date odds and to bet on this fight. You should also check out our recent boxing betting predictions to see how we’ve done.