- Adrien Broner UD-12 Jovanie Santiago (115-112, 116-111, 117-110) [Highlights and Recap]
- Otto Wallin UD-12 Dominic Breazeale (116-112, 117-111, 118-110) [Highlights and Recap]
- Robert Easter Jr UD-12 Ryan Martin (117-111, 118-110, 118-110) [Highlights and Recap]
Round By Round
Adrien Broner vs Jovanie Santiago
Round 1: Santiago tries a jab to the body but Broner Steps out of range. Both fighters look hesitant to throw early. Broner tries to pick off Santiago with a counter jab. Both fighters waiting for the other to lead, Santiago obliges and Broner tries to counter. Slow first round so far. Broner falls short on a jab. Santiago jabs to the body, then lands a right to the body shortly after. Broner lands a jab upstairs. Broner misses on another jab that doesn’t have the range. Now Santiago falls short on a jab to the body. Broner throws a little check hook. Boring round, honestly. Broner 10-9.
Round 2: Last round was a slow pace, which obviously suits Broner who likes to carefully pick his punches. Showtime stats say Broner didn’t land one punch last round, so go figure how I thought he got the edge. Another slow round to start as Santiago doesn’t want to commit much. Santiago jabs to the body. Both fighters trade jabs this time. Lead left hook from Santiago misses. Broner jabs and hooks off of it. Santiago lands a little right hand to the body. Both fighters trade jabs again. Broner grazes Santiago with another jab. Another slow round, and I’m only giving Broner these rounds by a hair but not much is happening. Broner 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Santiago jabs but misses. Santiago tries another jab but can’t quite find the range. You’d think Broner might use this opportunity to show out against an unheard of opponent but nope. Santiago partially lands a jab upstairs. Right hand lands for Santiago to the body. Now Santiago gets in a jab to the head. Check hook from Broner gets blocked, who then misses on a right hand. Santiago lands two body shots. Two more body shots come from Santiago with Broner along the ropes. Another right hand from Santiago targets the body. Good round for Santiago, Broner still doesn’t let his hands go. Santiago 10-9.
Round 4: Santiago had success working the body in the last round and his trainer wants more of that. Santiago feints and looks to the body with a right hand that doesn’t land. Four jabs come from Santiago but they don’t land. Broner jabs and misses on a counter hook. Broner is more inaccurate than normal for a low volume puncher. Both fighters trade jabs. Right hand lands to the body for Santiago. Santiago coming forward on Broner and Broner looks to hold instead of punch. Broner misses on a couple of counters and takes more body shots from Santiago along the ropes. Santiago loops a right hand. Broner pops a jab but takes a left hook to the body. Referee warns both fighters for throwing after the bell Santiago 10-9, 38-38.
Round 5: Timeout to start the round as the referee decides to take a point from Santiago for a late hit — a ridiculously late call when both fighters threw at the bell! I honestly don’t know if that should be taken from this round or the last. Left hook from Santiago gets caught on Broner’s guard. Both fighters trade jabs. Broner falls short on a jab. Santiago lands a right hand to the body. Broner dancing around the ring but not throwing much. Santiago misses on a left hook as Broner ducks. I’m going to score this for Santiago 9-9, but I think that’s some bullshit.
Round 6: Santiago comes forward and throws two shots but Broner pulls back to the ropes before holding. Looping right hand doesn’t land well for Santiago. Two body shots score for Santiago. Referee warns Broner about his holding. Both fighters trade power shots now. Right hand lands to the body for Santiago. Santiago throws a short combination but doesn’t land much clean. Broner still keeping his hands at home by hardly throwing. Right hook lands for Santiago, Broner lands an uppercut. Left to the body lands for Santiago. Three punches target the body for Santiago, Broner tries to respond. I still favor Santiago’s work of Broner’s lack thereof. Santiago 10-9, 57-56.
Round 7: Two body shots land right away for Santiago. Broner pops a jab that falls short. Santiago stalks Broner who is languishing along the ropes and letting Santiago get off first. Broner is the same ol’ guy we remember, he throws very few punches and tries his best to play defense the rest of the time. Santiago gets caught with a counter but walks through and clips Broner with a left hand. Broner ties up Santiago as he gets in close. Two punches come from Santiago. Broner lands a flurry to try to steal the round at the end. Broner 10-9.
Round 8: Santiago comes out working the body. Broner misses on a counter right hand. Referee calls a timeout to pull up Santiago’s shorts. Double jab from Santiago misses upstairs. Now Santiago lands a left hook to the body. Both fighters trade jabs but Santiago follows it up with a couple body shots. Broner misses on two punches aimed at the head. Right hand lead lands well for Santiago. Check hook from Broner staggers Santiago a moment but Broner doesn’t take advantage. Right hand lands to the body for Santiago. Two more shots come from Santiago. Broner scored a cut and visibly stunned Santiago so I’ll edge him this round. Broner 10-9, 76-75.
Round 9: Santiago’s trainer wants him to pick it up for this last stretch. Broner pops a jab that doesn’t land well. Broner scores a jab this time. Broner misses on a few jabs but follows it up with a couple shots that make partial contact. Right hand lands to the body for Santiago. Referee doesn’t like Broner’s trash talking during the fight. Right hand lands downstairs for Santiago, but Broner lands a short uppercut. Left hook to the body makes contact for Santiago. Broner pos a jab upstairs as Santiago is taking his foot off the gas a bit. Counter right scores for Broner upstairs. Broner 10-9.
Round 10: Left to the body makes a little contact for Santiago. Santiago jabs upstairs but doesn’t land it clean. Broner flicks a few jabs and then ties up. Now Broner jabs to the body. Check hook from Broner scores upstairs. Santiago must be tired because he’s not keeping the pace. Right hand from Santiago makes a little contact to the head. Both fighters trade jabs. Left lands to the body as Santiago loops a right immediately after. Right hand lands to the body for Santiago. Santiago 10-9, 94-95.
Round 11: Right hand lands to the body for Santiago. Jab lands clean for Broner. Broner ducks a lead hook from Santiago. Jab lands again for Broner. Right hand lands to the body for Santiago this time. Jab lands clean for Santiago to the face of Broner. Counter from Broner misses. Jab from Broner scores upstairs. Counter right hand lands for Broner this time. Another counter right scores for Broner. Broner 10-9.
Round 12: Santiago’s corner want him to push for the knockout, not trusting the love they’ll get on the cards. Santiago comes out with an early attack and touches Broner up along the ropes. Right hand lands to the body for Santiago this time. Left hook lands to the body for Santiago this time. Two more body scores score for Santiago. Broner lands one counter here before a break is forced. Santiago throwing both hands and clearly outworking Broner here. Left hook lands to the body for Santiago this time. Santiago continues to dig deep and work Broner to the body and head. Santiago letting his hands go and Broner looking to counter. Three punches come from Santiago as Broner covers up. Broner comes forward and lands one shot to the body. Pretty clear round for Santiago in my eyes. Santiago 10-9. I’ve got it 114-113 for Broner, which means that questionable point deduction ended up making the difference on my card.
Otto Wallin vs Dominic Breazeale
Round 1: Wallin counters with a jab upstairs. Clean jab lands upstairs for the shorter Wallin. Hard left hand lands straight to the body for Wallin this time, then another. Right hand lead comes from Breazeale. Jab from Breazeale is half hearted and doesn’t land. Looping left hand comes from Wallin targeting Breazeale’s head. Jab lands for Wallin. Straight left hand and uppercut lands for Wallin. Another straight left comes from Wallin, this time to the chest. Wallin throws a straight left hand lead. Wallin 10-9.
Round 2: Breazeale comes forward and Wallin tries to meet him with a jab before throwing a hook and a straight left hand behind it. Right hand from Breazeale misses. Wild left hook from Breazeale misses. Looping left hand lands for Wallin upstairs, then another. Breazeale looks lumbering and slow, even more than usual I think. Jab lands clean for Wallin, then a straight left to the body. Straight left from Wallin lands upstairs. Right hand lead from Breazeale falls short. Wallin throws three shots as Breazeale covers up. Big right hand comes from Breazeale but Wallin gets just out of range. Jab lands for Wallin at center ring, then a hook. Breazeale throws another wide sloppy hook. Wallin gets in a left hook just before the bell. Wallin 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Breazeale hasn’t sat down between any round so far, opting to stand and talk to trainer Abel Sanchez. Breazeale measures with his jab as he’s clearly looking to line up a fight ending right hand, but it’s pretty obvious, even to Wallin. Hard left hand lands clean for Wallin straight to the head. Wallin touches Breazeale with a few more shots to the head. Wallin is scoring at a pretty ridiculous rate, Breazeale’s defense is shit. Counter jab lands for Wallin. Straight left hand lands to the body for Wallin, who then pops a couple jabs upstairs. Right hand gets in for Breazeale this time. Left to the body lands for Wallin this time. Wallin winning this fight clearly. Wallin 10-9.
Round 4: Wallin’s corner loves what they’re seeing so far, and why wouldn’t they. Straight left lands to the body for Wallin who then pivots to escape the corner. Breazeale continues to try to stalk forward — slowly — but Wallin can easily out maneuver him. Jab lands for Wallin upstairs. Homerun swing comes from Breazeale but it predictably misses. Two jabs land clean for Wallin, then a third before he steps out of the corner. Straight left lands to the body for Wallin. Two clunky body shots come from Breazeale, who is looking god awful. Three left hooks come from Wallin and score. Wallin 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Breazeale’s trainer would like to see him, you know, actually land a punch anywhere on Wallin’s body at this point. Jab lands clean for Wallin upstairs. Straight left hand from Wallin knocks Breazeale back a step or two. Jab lands clean for Wallin upstairs. Wallin continues to touch Breazeale up. Left hand from Wallin falls a little short this time. Hard left hand lands clean on Breazeale again, who is starting to get busted up. Wallin lands another jab upstairs. Left hook from Wallin scores again. Will Breazeale even win a round? Wallin 10-9.
Round 6: Breazeale’s right eye looks swollen shut. Jab lands for Wallin. Another left gets in for Wallin this time. Wallin pokes Breazeale with a couple of jabs and Wallin sweeps in another left hand that Breazeale can no longer even see. Jab and straight left lands for Wallin. Showtime stats have Wallin outlanding Breazeale by a considerable margin. Now Breazeale looks tired as his punches have nothing on them. Counter left to the body lands for Wallin. Jab and left hand scores for Wallin. Straight left scores for Wallin to the body. Wallin pokes another jab then steps over before getting back to center ring. Two more straight shots from Wallin land upstairs. Wallin 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Wallin’s corner can sense Breazeale fading and want Wallin to take advantage. Breazeale throwing arm punches as he clumsily comes forward. Straight left hand lands for Wallin upstairs. Two punches come Breazeale but Wallin isn’t much concerned. Breazeale stumbles into the corner after falling off balance. Two straight left hands land for Wallin. Right hand comes from Breazeale and pushes Wallin back a little. Wallin still looks in control to me. Wallin 10-9.
Round 8: Timeout called so the doctor can evaluate Breazeale’s eye. Doctor says he can continue. Jab comes from Wallin. Double left hand lands for Wallin upstairs. Breazeale tries to throw some power shots but Wallin defends them pretty well. Straight left from Wallin gets him out of the corner. Left to the body lands for Wallin this time. Two counters land for Wallin. Straight left comes from Wallin again. Breazeale lands one jab but just can’t land often enough. Another slow sweeping hook comes from Breazeale. Jab comes from Wallin, then a left to the body. Breazeale trying to muster any power he can summon to change the tone of this fight. Wallin 10-9, 80-72.
Round 9: Breazeale breathing heavy in his corner between rounds. Breazeale lands a jab upstairs. Wallin might be getting a little tired from dealing with the imposing figure of Breazeale. Wallin spending more time on the ropes as he’s landed a lot of shots on Breazeale but still hasn’t kept Breazeale from coming forward on him, and his legs don’t seem to have the movement they did a few rounds earlier. Straight left lands upstairs for Wallin. Two straight shots come from Wallin upstairs. Breazeale gets warned for a couple of body shot straying low. Counter left hand lands clean for Wallin to the head. Counter jab lands for Wallin. Breazeale throws a straight right to the chest. Wallin 10-9.
Round 10: Well, Breazeale has been sitting on the stool the last couple of rounds now! Wallin is along the ropes and in the corner a little more than he’s probably like. Counter jab lands for Breazeale. Right hand from Breazeale misses. Left and right make contact for Breazeale who is trying to impose is size on Wallin, who is moving less and less, giving Breazeale more and more chances. Breazeale misses on three pjnches but lands a left shortly after. Straight left lands for Wallin. Wallin is showing his fatigue and Breazeale is hoping to land that one fight-changing shot. Breazeale 10-9, 91-99.
Round 11: Breazeale walks through a couple shots as he looks to land one big one. Wallin is scoring but he can’t really hurt Breazeale with any one shot. Both fighters get tangled and both hit the deck. Counter jab lands for Wallin. Another counter jab lands for Wallin. Breazeale lands a short right hand upstairs. Counter left lands to the body for Wallin. Pretty slow round but I think Wallin landed the better shots. Wallin 10-9.
Round 12: Breazeale will certainly be looking to land a knockout shot in this round. Wallin throws a number of jabs meant to maintain range as Breazeale tries to walk in and land something dramatic. Uppercut lands well for Breazeale. Straight left hand lands for Wallin to the head. Breazeale lands two jabs to the head as he stalks forward. Breazeale tries to strafe Wallin along the ropes and Wallin ties up and pushes Breazeale back to center ring. Breazeale still trying but he’s missing with sloppy power shots. Straight left hand lands for Wallin. Breazeale tries to come back and maul Wallin a little. Three shots come from Breazeale and push Wallin back to the ropes. Breazeale throws some wide hooks but can’t land them clean. I’ll give Breazeale this round but he’s clearly lost this fight. Breazeale 10-9. I’ve got it for Wallin, 118-110.
Robert Easter Jr vs Ryan Martin
Round 1: Easter jabs twice but Martin blocks them pretty well. Martin takes one shot from Easter as he stalks forward. Now Martin jabs to the body but Easter comes right back with several good straight rights to the body in quick succession. Right hand lead from Easter to the head makes partial contact. Martin tries to go back to the body with a jab but falls a little short. Two more jabs come from Easter with the second making good contact. Right hand to the body falls short for Martin. Easter is staying behind a long jab which is something you’d think he’d do a lot more of in previous outings. Lead left hook from Martin doesn’t land clean. Left hook to the body lands clean for Easter. Now Easter sticks Martin with a jab to the body. Two good body shots land for Martin at close range. Mostly a good boxing round for Easter. Easter 10-9.
Round 2: Martin’s trainer wants him to start getting off first more often. Jab lands for Easter upstairs. Now Easters sticks another jab to the body, then tries a lead hook after that gets blocked. Easter has been using a good jab and moving well laterally early in the fight. Right hand from Martin grazes Easter to the body. Right hand lead from Martin falls short, Easter makes contact with a right of his own. Martin lands a jab to the body this time, then takes a shot in return. Easter lands another clean jab upstairs. Easter working the outside range really well, maintaining his preferred distance. Easter 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Martin misses on two shots aimed at the body as Easter steps away. Now Easter starts working his jab. Both fighters get tangled and Martin throws Easter to the canvas. Jab from Easter lands clean, then a sharp straight right to the body. Short combination comes from Easter as Martin covers up. Double left hook lands hard to the body for Easter. Easter pops another jab and them moves along the outside of the ring. Martin gets in a short shot once Easter gets into the corner but Easter turns him and forces a break. Easter lands another left hook to the body. Easter standing in the pocket with Martin now — probably not a good idea. Easter rattles off some jabs to end the round. Easter 10-9.
Round 4: Martin’s trainer is not happy with how things are going and trying to give Martin a reality check. Martin jabs twice but misses. Martin just can’t quite get in any effective range long enough to get good work done. Jab lands for Easter, then a clean left hook to the body. Easter pops a jab upstairs. Now Martin doubles his jab and touches the body with one. Lead hook from Martin makes partial contact. Double jab from Martin gets parried. Now Easter lands a sharp jab to the body before stepping back to his preferred range. Easter smothers Martin once he gets in close until there’s a break. Double left from Easter targets the head. Martin throws a right to the body at close range. Martin lands his own double hook. Easter throws back. When Easter boxes he’s dominating, when he stands and trades he makes things much harder on himself. Martin whacks away at the body at close range. I’ll edge this to Martin for his sustained body work down the stretch. Martin 10-9, 37-39.
Round 5: Martin falls short on a jab to the body. Three punches come from Easter as Martin covers up. Easter throws a few long punches to keep this right at range. Two body shots land for Martin up close. Right hand lead lands for Easter. Easter working his jab while he holds court at center ring — this is where he dominates Martin. Easter touches the head and body with his jab. Clean jab from Easter splits the guard. Now Easter throws three punches and lands a right hand to end it. Easter 10-9.
Round 6: Martin misses on a jab to the body. Easter gets his jab working and looks to touch the body himself. Now Easter brings the jab upstairs and brings a right hand behind it. Double left comes from Easter and lands the second to the body. Double jab from Martin falls short. Easter jabs at center ring, then throws another, then looks for a right hand that doesn’t find the mark. Right hand lands well for Martin to the body. Easter splits the guard with another jab, then another. Now Easter lands a right hand. Easter 10-9, 59-55.
Round 7: Both fighters trade shots to open the round. Martin looks to the body with a right hand. Counter uppercut from Easter just misses. Right hand lead makes partial contact for Easter. Double left hook lands downstairs for Easter. Easter ducks a punch from Martin and gets back to center ring. Two punches from Martin fall short, Easter comes back with three jabs that split the guard. Two punches come from Easter aimed at the head. Easter sticks a jab down to the body. Easter is having his way. Easter 10-9.
Round 8: Needless to say, Martin’s corner is still unhappy with how things are going. Jabs come from Easter as he continues to box Martin all around the ring. Two body shots land for Martin, who strafes Easter along the ropes while Easter leans far back and tries to roll the punches. Easter talking to the commentary crew outside the ring, show how comfortable he is. Martin throws a couple more body shots at close range. Easter is standing in the pocket and trading with Martin again, giving him chances. Two shots come from Martin at close range. Easter tries to tie up Martin to the ropes. More punches come from Martin as Easter tries to pot shot. Double left comes from Easter. Two more body shots land for Martin. I’m going with Martin here as Easter falls out of his clearly effective game plan. Martin 10-9, 74-78.
Round 9: Replay shots there’s a cut over Easter’s left eye as the result of a head clash in the last round. Easter comes out looking to work his jab again but Martin is all over him throwing a number of punches with aggression. Martin is trying to get in on Easter right away now but Easter jabs and steps to the side. Double jab comes from Easter as he’s maintaining his distance. Jab lands for Easter. Easter touches the body with a jab. Martin twos two shots and Easter ducks and gets back to center ring. Easter throws two quick shots and steps off the line again. Easter has been on his bike for most of this round but he’s largely effective at controlling the engagement aside from the opening moments. Easter 10-9.
Round 10: Martin feints and then tries to march in on Easter. Easter works his jab and tries to keep this an outside fight. Right hand lands to body for Easter. Jab lands downstairs for Martin who can’t keep his range for long. Two quick shots come from Easter. Now Easter lands a check hook. Martin gets a left hook of his own to land. Two more straight shots come from Easter. Easter jabs, moves, jabs again. Right hand from Martin grazes Easter down the body but Easter is able to get out of danger by circling out. Easter 10-9, 98-92.
Round 11: Martin jabs to the body. Check hook lands for Martin. Right hand lands to the body for Martin. Martin tries a double jab that falls short. Martin misses on another jab to the body. Right hand lead scores for Easter. Two body shots from martin make a little contact. Left hook from Martin just misses upstairs. Counter right scores for Easter. Three straight shots land pretty damn clean for Easter. Left hand from Easter scores upstairs, then dances away. Jab lands upstairs for Easter again. Easter 10-9.
Round 12: Martin’s trainer tells him he needs a KO to win, but doesn’t seem confident he can do anything differently now. Easter rattles off three quick punches that land on Martin. Easter bounces to both sides as he looks for an angle to score and escape. Easter pops a jab upstairs. Another clean jab from Easter snaps Martin’s head back. Two more jabs score for Easter. Easter jabs to the body, then touches him upstairs with a right hand. Easter jabs to the body again and gets back on the move. Martin has nothing to offer. Easter largely dominated except for when he made poor tactical decision. Easter 10-9, 118-110.
Tonight at 9 pm ET on Showtime, Adrien Broner returns in the main event against Jovanie Santiago, with Broner fighting for the first time in over two years.
Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round call for all three fights.
Broner, 31, is the favorite here, but we’ll have to see what the former four-division titleholder will have in the ring once the bell sounds. The 31-year-old Santiago is basically a complete unknown, with nothing particularly notable on his record. This is a sink-or-swim for him.
In the co-feature, heavyweights Otto Wallin and Dominic Breazeale will meet in a matchup, also set for 12 rounds, that keeps the winner in the title scene, and the opener of the three-fight broadcast will see former lightweight titlist Robert Easter Jr take on Ryan Martin in a 12-round junior welterweight clash pitting two guys who really need a win right now.
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How to Watch Broner vs Santiago
Date: Saturday, Feb. 20 | Start Time: 9:00 pm ET
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
TV: Showtime | Streaming: Showtime
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Full Card (SHO, 9:00 pm ET)
- Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 24 KO) vs Jovanie Santiago (14-0-1, 10 KO), welterweights, 12 rounds
- Otto Wallin (21-1, 14 KO) vs Dominic Breazeale (20-2, 18 KO), heavyweights, 12 rounds
- Robert Easter Jr (22-1-1, 14 KO) vs Ryan Martin (24-1, 14 KO), junior welterweights, 12 rounds