On Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in front of 12,084 fans, three division champion Mikey Garcia improved to 37-0, 30 KOs as he easily defeated Adrien “The” Problem Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) by unanimous decision.
Judges Don Ackerman and Steve Weisfeld each scored the fight 116-112, and judge Eric Marlinski scored the fight 117-111. We, at Elite Sports NY, scored the fight 118-110 in favor of Mikey Garcia over Adrien Broner.
After being unable to land significant punches in Round 1, Garcia began finding his mark in round landing left hooks to Broner’s body and jabs to his head.
In the middle rounds, Garcia began to impose his will and skill on Broner throwing combinations and forcing Broner to cover up on the ropes. Due to Garcia’s onslaught, Broner’s eyes began to swell.
Broner seemed more interested in talking to Garcia than fighting him, as he would block some of Garcia’s punches and talk back to him, rather than let his hands go and attack Garcia. It was odd that Broner was not more aggressive since he’s the naturally bigger man as Garcia was moving up from 135 pounds to 140 in this fight.
Due to Garcia’s aggressiveness and Broner’s inactivity, it was clear Garcia would be victorious when the final bell rang.
According to CompuBox Stats, Garcia landed 244 out of 783 punches (31%) compared to Broner who landed just 125 out of 400 punches (31%).
After the fight, Garcia spoke about his performance.
“This is definitely one of my best performances ever,” Garcia said. “I think I controlled the fight in the early rounds, and I kept the activity up. [Broner] is a great fighter who has great skills. I was the superior fighter tonight.”
Defeating Broner was the biggest win of Garcia’s career and will setup bigger fights for him. As for Broner, his once promising career has fizzled out.
Fans are tired of Broner’s subpar performances in the ring, and immaturity which he once again displayed in his post-fight interview.
“It was Tom & Jerry, I had to catch the mouse. At the end of the day I’m still AB, I’m still about billions, I’m still the “can man, if he wants to rematch in California, we can do it.”At the end of the day I’m still a four-time world champion at four different weight classes and I’ll still be in the history books.”
Maybe one day Broner will fight with more passion and show more class after the fight. Maybe he can do this is to look at how Mikey Garcia carries himself during and after fights.