Mikey Garcia was just too consistent and too good for Adrien Broner tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, outboxing Broner over 12 rounds en route to a clear decision victory.
Official scores were 116-112, 116-112, and 117-111 for Garcia. BLH had it 116-112 and 118-110, also both for Garcia.
Broner (33-3, 24 KO) and Garcia (37-0, 30 KO) both started slow in the opening round, as they felt one another out. For three rounds, Broner had pep in his legs, dancing around the ring on his toes, but that ended in round four, after Garcia had started to cut the ring off in the third frame.
Broner became more flat-footed from then on — not an unusual occurrence — and Garcia was able to pick him apart with precision shots. Though Broner did block a lot of Garcia’s combination work, much of it against the ropes, he was outworking and outlanding Broner substantially, which the final punch stats would bear out.
Broner, though, did make a stand in the ninth and 10th rounds, showing some life late in the fight. Garcia took back the momentum in the 11th, and in the 12th, put in a huge amount of effort, throwing a recorded 115 punches to close the fight, while Broner seemed to lack any real urgency.
It’s the biggest headline win of Garcia’s career, as he clearly defeated someone who has managed to stay a star despite spotty in-ring performances. And, in all reality, this might have been the tipping point for Broner’s stardom, too. He’s now lost his last three fights against people considered “name” or “top” fighters, and any dream he had of becoming a pay-per-view star is now all but completely dead.
“I think I controlled the fight from the early rounds, I kept the activity up,” Garcia told Jim Gray after the fight. “He’s a tough fighter, he’s a great fighter. He’s got great skills. I was just the better fighter tonight.”
Broner, meanwhile, got pretty animated at Gray’s questioning, and offered himself for a rematch — why Garcia would want one is another story — but did say that Garcia was “the better fighter” on the night.