Former 140-pound titlist Regis Prograis wasn’t impressed with Adrien Broner’s return win last night on Showtime, where Broner won a fairly debatable decision against unheralded Jovanie Santiago over the 12-round distance.
Prograis (25-1, 21 KO) was pretty cold in his assessment of Broner’s first fight in over two years.
“AB is past his prime. He’s 31 but he’s an old 31,” Prograis wrote on Twitter. “He’s been boxing since he was (six or seven) years old, and he’s had too many hard fights. He’s not the old AB. His reflexes aren’t there anymore and he’s slowing down.”
He added, “I would’ve knocked this dude out in less than 5 minutes.”
It’s worth noting that Prograis, at 32, is actually a little older than Broner, but they just don’t have the same miles on them. Whether you agree that Broner is past his prime or not, boxers age differently based on how long they’ve been at it, how hard their fights have been, how they’ve reacted to that physically (not everyone is the same), and how well they’ve taken care of themselves between fights, which we know is a problem for Broner because he admits as much.
Asked about Prograis at the post-fight presser, Broner (34-4-1, 24 KO) simply said, “I always cheer for him and I wish him the best, but if he gets in the ring with me, I’m going to fuck him up.”
Does this version of Broner stack up well with Prograis? Is it possible that with more activity and a bigger name opponent, Broner can rise to the occasion again if this fight comes up next or by the end of 2021?