At the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, Mikey Garcia dominated Adrien Broner en route to a Unanimous Decision, with judges scoring the Junior Welterweight encounter 117-111 and 116-112 (twice). Boxing Base had no qualms tallying the action at 120-108, not because Broner wasn’t competitive in places, but because he was soundly beaten by a superior fighter.
Following the final bell, Garcia keeps his record squeaky clean, rising to 37 wins, 30 knockouts, while Broner reduces to 33 wins, 3 defeats, with 24 knockouts. Garcia’s profile continues to swell following tonight’s commanding performance over a marquee name, and now potentially opens the door to a mega fight against the winner of August 9’s Terence Crawford vs Julius Indongo.
As for Broner, it’s hard to say exactly where he’s headed next, and for how much longer he’ll be ushered into big money, mainstream events. While there’s no shame in losing to a guy like Garcia – who is more or less considered an elite operator – Broner still failed to make much of a dent in this fight, only finding ambition in the later rounds, by which time the show was fast-closing.
Garcia’s gameplan, the whole way he approached this fight, was significantly more effective. And there was nothing particularly complex about the man’s work ethic or offense. Garcia kept on the front foot, pressuring Broner for the most part, and controlled the action with a stiff, purposeful jab, firing off simple combinations, punctuated by a thudding body attack. He was the ring general in other words, capable of handily dealing with the task, and was clearly undeterred by Broner’s flamboyant reputation.
Garcia vs Broner: Undercard
- Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KO) bagged a hollow debut Middleweight victory against a severely injured Jorge Sebastian Heiland (29-5-2, 16 KO), who fought one-legged from the opening bell. Heiland, who seemed to have entered the bout nursing the injury, could barely balance, let alone punch, and was finally saved from the ill-fated beatdown in the 4th session.
- Rau’Shee Warren (15-2, 4 KO) decisively trumped Bantamweight foe McJoe Arroyo (17-2, 8 KO), seizing the twelve-rounder on scores of 118-110 and 117-111 (twice).
- Jarrell Miller (19-0-1, 17 KO) moved toward bigger nights on the Heavyweight circuit after respected fringe contender Gerald Washington (18-2-1, 12 KO) retired from the contest in the 8th frame.
- Noel Murphy (11-0, 2 KO) kept his unbeaten Welterweight slate intact following a Unanimous Decision over Julius Cesar Sanchez (11-1, 6 KO), with the action tallied at 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74.
- Lightweight contender Katie Taylor (6-0, 4 KO) faced little resistance from Jasmine Clarkson (4-9, 0 KO) en route to a punishing 3rd round stoppage.
What’s your take on Garcia vs Broner, plus the rest of tonight’s stacked Brooklyn card?