Tonight at 9 pm ET on Showtime, Adrien Broner will take on Mikey Garcia in a big junior welterweight main event, live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, headlining a doubleheader of action.
Broner (33-2, 24 KO) is looking for what would be a career-best win, and would probably turn back some detractors in the process after losses to Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter, both at welterweight. Garcia (36-0, 33 KO) is looking to up his stock in the biggest fight of his career, as he moves up in weight after a brief stint at lightweight following a lengthy absence from the sport.
In the co-feature, former junior middleweight titleholder Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KO) moves up to the 160-pound division to take on Argentina’s Jorge Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KO). It’s a should-win for Charlo — not that Heiland is a pushover, but he’s not considered a top middleweight, either. He has won eight in a row, though largely against mediocre opposition.
Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round call here tonight. Join us!
MIKEY GARCIA def. ADRIEN BRONER by UD (117-111, 116-112, 116-112)
JERMALL CHARLO def. JORGE SEBASTIAN HEILAND by TKO (2:13 of Round 4)
ROUND BY ROUND
ADRIEN BRONER vs. MIKEY GARCIA
Round 1: Both fighters come out a little cautious. Broner throws the first two punches and Garcia catches them. Broner pops a jab that Garcia blocks. Broner tries a counter hook that just misses. Both fighters taking their time and the crowd gets restless early. Broner lands a left jab and the bounces around the ring. Broner throws two punches to the head and body. Hard jab lands for Broner. Garcia throws a left hook and then a right. Another jab lands for Broner. Garcia throws a left hook to the body as Broner gets caught on the ropes. Broner jabs Garcia again and walks off. Broner takes the opening round. Broner 10-9.
Round 2: Broner comes out with a couple sharp jabs but they don't land clean. Garcia presses forward a little and the fighters trade jabs. Broner is using his speed and mobility to fight a boxing style. Broner blocks a Garcia jab and ducks the follow up. Broner punching and moving more than usual. Garcia tries a left hook but it gets blocked. Garcia tries three punches as Broner gets on the ropes, landing a left hook to the body. Both fighters trade jabs center ring. Broner lands a jab as Garcia presses forward, then Garcia throws a right hand to the body. Garcia edges the round. Garcia 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Broner tries a counter right hand that falls short. Hard left hook lands for Broner! Broner lands a jab then another one then walks off. Garcia continues to press Broner under control, trying to get Broner on the ropes. Broner slips a jab then a hook. Garcia tries a right hand that misses. Garcia lands a nice left hook. Garcia tries a couple left hooks and then a right hook as he gets Broner on the ropes. Broner shakes his head at Garcia. Broner lands a nice jab on Garcia. Close round but I think Garcia nicks it. Garcia 10-9.
Round 4: Garcia has been doing his best work when he can get Broner on the ropes. Broner standing center ring to open this round and looking to apply more pressure on Garcia. Garcia tries three punches but misses. Broner lands a clean counter right hand on Garcia. Jab lands for Broner at center ring. Lead right hand lands for Broner. Mikey is pressing forward again and getting Broner to the ropes but Broner escapes. Left hook to the body lands for Garcia, then a right hand downstairs. Broner tries two punches that misses, then he does it again and lands the right hand. Uppercut lands for Garcia. Broner fights his way off the ropes and lands two good punches. Close rounds early but I like Broner in this one. Broner 10-9, 38-38.
Round 5: Both fighters come out fencing with their jabs to open the round. Broner lands a left hook, then a right hand, then a jab. Now Garcia lands a left hook and backs Broner up to the ropes. Mikey throws four punches that get blocked. Now Broner lands a counter left, but Mikey comes back with a couple of his own. Hard jab lands for Broner. Another sharp jab lands fro Broner but Garcia stays composed. Now Garcia lands a jab but eats one back so Garcia throws a one-two and then goes downstairs. Broner lands a overhand right but Garcia is throwing more combinations. Broner unloads a combination to end the round but I think Garcia takes it. Garcia 10-9.
Round 6: Broner comes out and lands a jab to the head and body. Both fighters miss on a few punches with not much action in the first minute. Broner walks into a jab and tries a left hook that falls short. Broner lands a jab to the body . Now Broner is back on the ropes and Garcia wants to take advantage. Garcia lands a hard left to the body. Broner blocks several shots at center ring but Garcia is getting off more often. Now Broner lands a clean jab, then a right hand. Broner is landing some clean shots but Mikey is outworking him. Garcia 10-9, 58-56.
Round 7: Slow round but that gets the crowd anxious for some moments but Garcia lands several punches at the end of the round to win it. Garcia 10-9.
Round 8: Garcia has his hands down and has his confidence on max. Garcia is trying to walk Broner down who continues to throw single shots and move away. Garcia is taking control of the fight now and his swagger is growing by the minute. Broner trying to fight Garcia off of him now throwing several shots on the inside. Broner hasn't been trying to impose his size. Now Broner lands a clean body shot to end the round but it's not enough. Garcia 10-9, 78-74.
Round 9: Broner's corner isn't happy with him, they're telling him to take it to Garcia. Broner lands a jab and Garcia is taking his time, walking around the ring. Broner coming forward again and lands a counter right hand. Broner looks like he has a small mark around his left eye. Broner lands another right hand but Garcia looks unconcerned. Hard jab lands for Broner. Garcia throws two one-two combinations with the second sneaking through. Broner throws several body shots at Garcia. Broner lands another right hand then flurries to end the round. I think Broner gets this one. Broner 10-9.
Round 10: Broner tries a jab but he's back to throwing single shots when he had more success with combinations last round. Hard jab lands for Broner. Garcia comes back with one of his own but it doesn't land clean. Broner lands a lead right and is applying more pressure to Garcia now. Broner lands a hard left hook on Garcia, then a right hand. Broner is coming on a little here and landing some clean shots. Broner throws a combination to the body to end the round. I like Broner in this round too with the cleanest, hardest shots of the round. Broner 10-9, 94-96.
Round 11: Broner pressing Garcia to open the round, Garcia laying back and trying to counter. Another lead left hook lands for Broner. Broner lands a jab, Garcia taps, taps, and then feints, looking for an opening. Garcia counters Broner with a right hand but it doesn't land clean. Now Garcia puts together a few combinations and is getting off first. Garcia sneaks in a left hook to the body and the paws Broner with a few jabs. Broner isn't getting off enough in this round despite Garcia bleeding from the nose. Now the fighters trade body shots. Broner flurries to end the round but Garcia takes it. Garcia 10-9.
Round 12: Broner comes out jabbing, but Garcia is composed. Broner lands a lead right hand but they aren't coming often enough. Garcia lands a clean jab that snaps Broner's head back. Garcia continues to probe Broner's guard as Broner covers up. Broner lands two hard body shots and the a left hook to the head! Garcia gets mad and comes back with a few shots of his own. Hard left hook to the body lands for Broner. Garcia looks like his nose is hurting as he keeps touching it. Garcia digs deep and comes forward with a few shots as Broner covers up. Hard left hook lands for Broner, Garcia comes bak with a left hook to the body, Broner throws some hard shots to end the round but Garcia takes the final frame. Garcia 10-9. BLH scores it for Garcia 116-112.
JERMALL CHARLO vs. JORGE SEBASTIAN HEILAND
Round 1: Charlo clips Heiland with a counter left hook, then a jab. Charlo is much quicker than Heiland out the gate. Charlo pops Heiland again with a sharp jab and Heiland having difficulty getting in range early. Charlo continues to pop the jab and is landing clean early. Two more hard jabs land on Heiland and it's really snapping Heiland's head back. This is looking like a mismatch already. Heiland whiffs on a sloppy left hand. Charlo throws a three-punch combination to the head and body. Easy round for Charlo, 10-9.
Round 2: Charlo lands a counter left jab as Heiland walks forward. Heiland throws a looping left hook that misses. Charlo continues to pump the jab and circle to the outside of Heiland's lead right hand. Charlo is making it look like it's easy to fight southpaws. Charlo lands three punches in succession. Heiland is in over his head. Charlo drops Heiland hard! Heiland beats the count but he's hurt. Charlo is going on all-out attack and doing some real damage to Heiland. Hard right hand lands for Charlo! And another one! Charlo is having his way in every sense. Heiland makes it out the round but he's in bad shape. Charlo 10-8, 20-17.
Round 3: The referee is having the doctoers take a look at Heiland already, something about his left leg. We're back in action and Heiland is obviously hobbled, he's moving very awkwardly. Charlo is smiling like a shark looking staring at a guppy. Heiland is coming forward but it looks like he can barely walk, he's definitely injured. Hard shots land for Charlo and an immobile Heiland is a sitting duck. This fight should be called off. Charlo 10-9.
Round 4: The referee is having the doctor take a look at Heiland once again before he starts the round. Heiland wants to continue but he's compromised. They're letting him go on. Charlo pops several hard jabs and they all land on Heiland. Now Charlo throws a right hand and he just can't miss. Heiland can't move around and Charlo is just punishing him for it. Heiland continues to press forward but is just stumbling into punches. Another straight right hand lands for Charlo and Heiland is just being too brave for his own good considering the circumstances. Charlo unloads on Heiland and Heiland hits the deck again. Heiland gets up but stumbles and looks dazed. The referee waves it off. Charlo TKO-4.