Mikey Garcia outclasses Adrien Broner ll Remains Undefeated.
- Garcia outpoints Broner in non-title junior welterweight fight
- Undefeated Californian moves record to 37-0 with 30 knockouts
- Garcia: ‘Maybe I’ll go down to 135, stay at 140 or go up to 147’
Mikey Garcia was already a three-division champion and one of the world’s best fighters at any weight when a prolonged contractual spat with Top Rank supremo Bob Arum left him sidelined for more than two years.
Now the southern California native is back and better than ever.
The unbeaten 29-year-old from Oxnard solidified his pound-for-pound credentials on Saturday night in Brooklyn, delivering a master class in tactical pressure and ring generalship to win a unanimous decision over Adrien Broner before a crowd of 12,084 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. All three judges scored it for Garcia by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112. (The Guardian had it 117-111.)
Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs), who’s held titles at featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight, moved up to 140lbs for Saturday’s non-title bout with no obvious matchup awaiting at junior welter. His opponent was the cocksure Broner, who’s collected alphabet titles in four divisions and came down from welterweight for the occasion.
Indeed, Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) had lost before. Yes, he’s traditionally looked like a star against middling opposition and ordinary against the elite, most notably in previous losses to Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter. But no one has ever looked as good against Broner as did Garcia on Saturday night.
Both men were cautious in the opening stages with Broner showing his trademark speed and movement on the outside, looking to stick and move and circle his opponent. But Garcia, who cut off the ring beautifully all night, began to close the distance from the third round, working behind the jab and picking up his activity.
Broner persisted and tried to scratch out a strong finish in the 12th, but he was no match for Garcia and, ultimately, as gun-shy as the previous sessions. Garcia averaged 98 punches thrown in the final three rounds while Broner never threw more than 44 punches in any frame. When the final bell sounded Broner gingerly made his way to Garcia’s corner to congratulate his opponent’s team, already resigned to a fate the official announcement only made formal.
“This is definitely one of my best performances ever. 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,” said Garcia, who landed 244 of 783 punches (31%) compared to 125 of 400 for Broner (31%).
“It was the timing, I’ve always said I have very good timing. It is underestimated when you are outside the ring but once you get inside the ring with me, I’m a step ahead.”