Adrien Broner dominated Eloy Perez tonight in St. Louis. (Photo by Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE)
Adrien Broner retained his WBO super featherweight title and kept his undefeated record tonight with a dominant performance against Eloy Perez, ending things with a fourth round knockout on a nasty right hand. Bad Left Hook had Broner up 30-27 at the time of the knockout.
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Broner (23-0, 19 KO) had no trouble with the shorter, smaller Perez (23-1-2, 7 KO), who did come to fight and gave his best effort, but just was not even close to being able to handle Broner's physical prowess -- the height advantage, the speed advantage, the power advantage all added up to a relatively easy night for Adrien Broner, who won his fourth straight fight on HBO.
HBO's punch stats had Broner landing 58 of 189 punches (31%), including 36 of 77 power punches (47%). Perez landed just 26 of 160 punches total (16%), and just 10 of 60 power shots (17%). Perez had very, very mild success with a couple of rushes, but clearly didn't have the power to bother Broner.
Before the fight, the 22-year-old Broner wrapped himself to the ring, and after the fight delivered some rehearsed lines which sounded forced, but I guess some people love that sort of thing. It may not win him diehard boxing fans in large numbers, but we watch everyone anyway, so what does he care? If he can get himself some attention, he's going to do it. I understand disliking his personality -- or his character, more accurately -- but it's just the way it's going to be with Broner, who wants to become a star. He's the polar opposite of the likes of Timothy Bradley and Chad Dawson in this regard.
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