If one thing became clear on Saturday night, it’s that Adrien Broner (33-3, 24 KOs, 1 NC) is more About Billions, than he is About Boxing. In a fight that was dominated from start to finished by Oxnard, California native, Mikey Garcia (37-0, 33 KOs), it also became clear that boxing skills trumps boxing talent. Here at Eightcount.tv, we scored the fight 117-111 (9 rounds to 3 for Garcia). The official judges scored the fight 117-111, 116-112, 116-112, all in favor of Garcia.
I had the distinct pleasure of being ringside for the fight, and it was clear from the outset that Adrien Broner was in the ring against a superior boxer. Although Broner has fast hands, he lacks the ability to:
- Slip punches while maintaining his balance so that he can counter his opponent
- Throw 3-4-5 punch combinations
- Throw an effective and straight jab instead of throwing a chopping jab that lacks any sting
- Faint the jab, stutter-step, and double up on the jab to keep his opponent off balance
- Circle his opponent and fight off of angles
- React to his opponents and make in-game adjustments that take advantage of his opponents revealed game plan
Moreover, Broner was typical ‘Adrien Broner’ – lots of posturing and head nodding all while throwing very few punches. Mikey Garcia nearly doubled Broner’s punch output during the fight. According to unofficial CompuBox statistics, Garcia landed 244-of-783 overall punches, 119 more than Broner (125-of-400). Adrien had more energy and excitement during his walk-in to the ring (see video below), then he had all fight. Accompanied by the rap group, Rae Sremmurd, Broner danced his way to the ring much the way he came into the ring against Marcos Maidana, and he left the ring a loser. One has to wonder if he learned ANYTHING from his fight against Maidana. All of the pre-fight pageantry, but no substance when it actually comes to showtime.
Meanwhile, Mikey Garcia remained patient throughout the fight, picking his spots to attack Broner, mixing his punches up between the body and the head. Mikey displayed great accuracy with his punches, throwing as many as 115 punches in a single round and landing over 30%.
Garcia’s power was audible – the crowd could hear the pop on his body shots as they landed on Adrien. When Mikey finished to the body, he would go back upstairs working off of his jab to control the range and pace of the fight. His 3-4-5 punch combinations to the head penetrated Broner’s guard, and despite Broner nodding his head “no” numerous times during the fight, as if to say the punches were not effective, it became clear by the middle rounds that Garcia’s punches were taking their toll on Broner as he was hesitant to throw punches.
Many will say that Broner lost this fight because he did not let his hands go, and they are not wrong. However, Broner did not not let his hands go because he was injured or tired from having to make weight at 140lbs; Broner did not throw punches because Mikey disabled him from doing so with his accuracy. Broner is a consummate counter puncher, but it’s very hard to counter punch an accurate puncher, like Mikey Garcia.
CompuBox counted 152-of-328 power punches and 92-of-455 jabs for Garcia. Broner landed 53-of-239 jabs and 72-of-161 power shots, according to CompuBox.
“This is definitely one of my best performances ever,” Garcia said. “I think I controlled the fight in the early rounds and I kept the activity up. [Broner] is a great fighter who has great skills. I was the superior fighter tonight.
“It was the timing. I’ve always said I have very good timing. It is underestimated when you are outside the ring, but once you get inside the ring with me, I’m a step ahead.”
Despite Broner’s valiant effort in the last three rounds of the fight, he could not get the knockout, which was the only way that he could be victorious. After suffering his third defeat to top competition, it’s clear that Adrien Broner is not an elite fighter. One thing we know for sure is that his is not the next Floyd Mayweather, he is not the future of boxing, and he is not an elite boxer. What’s next for Adrien Broner? We’ll have to wait and see.
On the other hand, Mikey Garcia has shown that he can be successful stepping up to 140lbs. Both his power and his skills translate well at the heavier weight and he can even look at potentially stepping up to welterweight (147lbs) to face the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, Jessie Vargas or Lamont Peterson. If he decides to stay at super lightweight, there are some compelling fights against Viktor Postol, Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo. One thing for sure, Garcia will have his pick of the litter in terms of who he decides to fight next no matter at what weight class he decides to fight.