Garcia dominates Broner to win by unanimous decision
Mikey Garcia proved on Saturday why he is one of the premier boxers of the ERA, while Adrien Broner exemplified why his best days have long left him.
Garcia, the current WBC World lightweight titleholder, easily outpointed Broner via scores of 116-112 (X2), and 117-111 on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the main event of Showtime Championship Boxing. Fight Nights.com scored it 117-111 for Garcia.
“I think I controlled the fight in the early rounds and I kept the activity up,” Garcia said. “(Broner) is a great fighter who has great skills; I was the superior fighter tonight.”
“It was the timing, I’ve always said I have very good timing,” he added.
Broner, a former four-division world champion, fired a few jabs, and won the first round based on sheer activity.
However, if people thought that was an indication of how Broner would fight all night; they would be sorely disappointed.
Instead, the fight played out in familiar fashion with Broner not throwing punches in a high-profile fight, and attempting to rally late, but to no avail.
It was reminiscent of his 2015 defeat to former world champion Shawn Porter, who he knocked down with a lead left hook in the 12th round, but looked apathetic in the previous 11 rounds.
Garcia (37-0, 30 KO’s) hurt Broner with a hard left hand in the third, but the Cincinnati native stayed on the outside, and looked to get away. Broner talked trash throughout the fight in an attempt to get in his opponent’s head, but it clearly was a failed strategy.
By the fifth round, Garcia, 29, let his hands go, and took complete control. He landed combination after combination on Broner (33-3, 24 KO’s), who was kept at bay with Garcia’s incredible precision. With 30 seconds remaining in the round, Garcia snapped Broner’s head back with a scintillating right hand.
It was more of the same in the sixth, as Garcia continued to pour it on, as Broner remained non-chalant.
Broner connected on a good left hook with 30 seconds left in the ninth round, which may have won him the round, but Garcia also made his case by landing effective counters, and simply outboxing his man.
It was exactly how many media members and ringside analysts expected. A mostly dominant Garcia performance, with a mini-Broner rally at the end, which amounted to nothing.
Of course, you can’t go wrong without post-fight Broner buffoonery.
“It was Tom & Jerry, I had to catch the mouse,” said Broner. “At the end of the day I’m still A.B., I’m still ‘About Billions,’ I’m still the ‘Can Man.’ If he wants to rematch in California, we can do it.”
No; let’s not.
Adrien Broner’s time as a main event attraction is over and Mikey Garcia, who is one of the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport today, and already a three-division world champion, will continue to solidify his legacy.