[VIDEO] WILDER CRUSHES STIVERNE! PORTER, LIPINETS WIN… BRONER & CHARLO BROS & MORE!

Check out my thoughts on the Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne rematch as well as thoughts on what’s next.

 

Also listen to a small clip of Adrien Broner, Jermall Charlo, and Jermell Charlo clowning around at Barclays Center.

 

 

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DEONTAY WILDER RETAINS WBC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH DEVASTATING FIRST-ROUND KNOCKOUT OF BERMANE STIVERNE ON SHOWTIME FROM BARCLAYS CENTER

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DEONTAY WILDER RETAINS WBC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH DEVASTATING FIRST-ROUND KNOCKOUT OF BERMANE STIVERNE SATURDAY NIGHT ON SHOWTIME® FROM BARCLAYS CENTER

Shawn Porter Scores Unanimous Decision Win Over Adrian Granados in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature

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BROOKLYN (Nov. 5, 2017) – Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder retained his WBC title in his sixth defense with a dominant first-round knockout of mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday night on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.

Wilder (39-0, 38 KO’s) knocked Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KOs) to the ground three times before referee Arthur Mercante halted the bout at 2:59 of the opening round. After Stiverne took Wilder the distance in their January 2015 title bout, Wilder has now knocked out every single opponent that he has faced in his career. Watch Wilder knocking out Stiverne HERE.

“So much frustration, it just seemed like my career, it’s been crazy. So many guys using PED’s”, said Wilder, the only American heavyweight world champion. “I just want to prove that I am the best. I know I am the best but I want to prove I am the best.”

Wilder first knocked Stiverne to the ground with a devastating one-two combination that caught the Haitian challenger on the nose. Seconds after Stiverne got back to his feet, Wilder landed another clean combination with a big left and an overhand right that sent a stunned Stiverne back to the canvas. The final blow came in the waning moments of the opening round as Wilder landed four clean punches to the face of a wobbly Stiverne.

“You have to give props to Stiverne for getting in the ring,” said Wilder. “It takes a lot of courage and it takes a lot of pride to step in the ring with someone like me. We do what we have to do in the ring and at least he stepped up. He was a clean fighter.”

After the brutal knockout, an emotional Wilder was asked by SHOWTIME Sports® reporter Jim Gray about a possible fight with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now,” said Wilder. “I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge? I’ve been waiting for a long time. I know I’m the champion. I know I’m the best. Are you up for the test?

“A king doesn’t chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I want Joshua. If he doesn’t give me the fight we have other plans. The world wants Joshua, the world wants Wilder, I want Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more excuses. Make the date, don’t wait.”

Former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) defeated Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 11 KOs) via unanimous decision (scored 117-111 by all three judges) in an exciting fight between two all-action competitors that served as the co-featured event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The victory makes Porter the mandatory title challenger for unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman’s WBC belt.

Porter, who injured his left hand in the sixth round, landed the sharper and more accurate punches throughout the fight, including 40 percent of his power punches. Both fighters came out aggressive in the early rounds and exchanged several powerful blows.

“He gave me a little trouble here and there,” said Porter. “I hurt my left hand in the sixth round, but I kept using it. I had to use my jab. It took a toll on me and by the 10th round I just couldn’t throw it anymore.

“The strategy was to keep working the jab. I knew he’d come at me periodically. I was prepared and dug deep to get the win.”

Granados, of Cicero, Ill., fought valiantly and withstood multiple barrages from the powerful Porter and countered with several quick combinations of his own. Granados, who landed just 24 percent of his total punches, disagreed with the judges’ scorecard.

“I thought that I was controlling the fight and keeping up with him the whole time,” Granados told Jim Gray. “He was just trying to use his normal tricks. I rocked him multiple times and he never had me in any trouble.

“He’s a brute. I thought the referee [Gary Rosato] did a good job breaking up the fight at the right times. It was rough but I definitely thought I did better than the scorecards said.”

In the opening bout of the telecast, unbeaten top contender Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) earned the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs). The judges scored the fight118-110, 117-111 and 117-111. Continue reading

[VIDEO] LARA WINS! CHARLO SHORT-CIRCUITS LUBIN! HURD CATCHES A TROUT!

Check out my thoughts on Saturday night’s 154-pound title tripleheader.

 

Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo, and Jarrett Hurd all defended their titles and hopefully will fight each other to unify titles.

 

On the horizon are Julian Williams, Demetrius Andrade (if a deal to come back to 154 is enticing enough), Vanes Martirosyan, Kanat Islam, Tony Harrison, K9 Bundrage, and Miguel Cotto if he chooses to fight on.

 

Check it out:

 

Mikey Garcia outclasses Adrien Broner in dominant win; Charlo, Miller, Warren, Taylor also victorious! by Robert Uzzell

Story by:  Robert Uzzell

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BROOKLYN, NY – If you didn’t know who Mikey Garcia was before Saturday, your excuse could’ve been he was nowhere to be found from February 2014 to June 2016. Garcia had legal troubles with his former promoter and sat out during that two-and-a-half-year period.  On the other hand, you could mention that you didn’t follow weight classes below junior welterweight.

However, even the most casual fan identifies with the brash, bold Adrien Broner. If you followed AB on Saturday night, you have no more excuses to lack knowledge of Garcia.

Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) put on a clinic as he stepped up to 140 pounds and had an easy time defeating Broner by unanimous decision.  Scores were 117-111 (Eric Marlinski), and 116-112 twice (Steve Weisfeld and Don Ackerman).  TheFightJournal.com scored it 118-110.  I found it difficult to give Broner more than three rounds and wonder how Weisfeld and Ackerman gave AB four rounds on their cards.  Maybe it was my seat in the media area.

The smaller Garcia controlled the fight almost from the start as he came forward and forced Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) on his back foot. In the case of Adrien Broner, this usually spells doom.  Each round, the pattern of Mikey Garcia landing and Broner shaking his head to indicate he wasn’t hurt repeated itself.  Adrien Broner, a good defensive fighter, once again refused to punch enough to win a fight.  It has to be puzzling to fans and media why he can’t pull the trigger.  However, on Saturday night I think the reason was the fear of what Garcia had waiting in return.

Despite the two and a half year absence, and only two fights in almost four years, Mikey put the pound-4-pound world on notice. Had Mikey not been off, he most likely would be in boxing’s top five.  I have to be honest.  I’m not so sure he shouldn’t be there now.

Garcia seemed to be one, sometimes two steps ahead of Broner from the third round on, as he began to get into his rhythm.

To understand how dominant Garcia was in this fight, just look at the amount of punches each guy threw:

Punches Landed / Thrown – TOTAL

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Garcia threw 783 punches to 400 by AB.  He also landed 244 to only 125 by AB.  In other words, he threw 383 more and landed 119 more, yet equaled Broner in percentage.

In the round by round breakdown, Garcia threw 91 punches in the tenth to Broner’s 42.  In round 11, Garcia threw 88 punches to Broner’s 29.  In the final round, Garcia threw an incredible 115 punches to only 44 for Broner.

I know these are just punches thrown, but guess what folks?  Some of those punches landed too.

How Broner won any of these rounds on the judge’s cards is a mystery.

Punches Landed/Thrown – PER ROUND

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In the end, I guess it doesn’t matter as Mikey Garcia was introduced to the world.  Some quotes from each fighter:

MIKEY GARCIA

“This is definitely one of my best performances ever. 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.”

“We trained for 10 weeks, we had a great training camp and great sparring. We knew it was going to be a tough fight so we had to be in great shape.”

“It was part of the strategy to be a little busier than the fights I have previously had.”

“Anybody that wants to come join us on SHOWTIME, give us a call, we are ready for anybody.”

“Maybe I’ll go down to 135, stay at 140 or go up to 147.”

ADRIEN BRONER

“Thanks to everyone who came to see me lose and everyone who came to see me win.”

“I want to congratulate Mikey and his team.”

“It was a good fight. At the end of the day, I come to fight, I come to win and I put my heart on the line”

“It was Tom & Jerry, I had to catch the mouse.”

“At the end of the day I’m still AB, I’m still about billions, I’m still the “can man,” if he wants to rematch in California, we can do it.”

“At the end of the day I’m still a four-time world champion at four different weight classes and I’ll still be in the history books.”

ROBERT GARCIA

“We knew Mikey would have to fight smart. He’s a tough guy who finishes very strong. We had to fight smart for the whole 12 rounds.”

MIKE STAFFORD

“Adrien followed Mikey around just a little bit too much. Mikey did really well. Adrien should have gone to the body earlier.”

I think Broner is as delusional as his trainer.  For Stafford to suggest Adrien followed Mikey around much, let alone at all is a joke.  For Broner to use the Tom and Jerry reference, and then follow it up with his historical comments pretty much let’s us know his sense of entitlement is intact.

Garcia has many places he can go.  He can drop back to 135 against a Vasyl Lomachenko or a Jorge Linares or even Broner’s pal Robert Easter Jr.

For Broner, it’s much more complicated.  He was always carefully matched, but now extra caution needs to be taken.  I don’t think he can beat a Thurman, a Spence Jr, or even a Danny Garcia.

I don’t think his chances are good against Terence Crawford.  I’m not sure he can even beat a Rances Barthelemy or a Felix Diaz Jr.  Sergey Lipinets needs to step up, but he has a potential title shot.  Remember when back in the day we wanted Broner to go to the UK to face Ricky Burns?  Even though we thought Broner could take him in the lighter weight class, does today’s shopworn Burns push Broner to the limit?

It’ll be interesting to see.

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In the co-feature, Jermall Charlo, (26-0, 20 KOs) won his middleweight debut in dominant fashion over Jorge Sebastian Heiland (29-5-2, 16 KOs).  Heiland was clearly hurt from the start and the mercy stoppage came by TKO at 2:13 of the fourth round.

Charlo looked strong and ready for the next challenge at 160, despite the Vernon Forrest, Ray Leonard, and Tommy Hearns comments.  I’d recommend a couple more fights at 160 before a potential Triple G showdown.

JERMALL CHARLO: 

“Sometimes the injury can be a decoy, you never want to just jump in and think it’s part of his game plan.  My coach told me to stay behind my jab like I did- continue to work and it’s going to come.
“I’m ready, bring on the biggest names at 160… I’m the real Tommy Hearns… I feel like it’s my turn and I’m going to go get it.”
 

[VIDEO] Prognostication: Adrien BRONER vs. MIKEY Garcia, Jermall CHARLO vs. Heiland, JARRELL Miller vs. Gerald Washington

Check out my thoughts on Saturday’s matchups between:

 

Adrien Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) vs. Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs)…

Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) vs. Jorge Sebastian Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs)…

Jarrell Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs) vs. Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs).

 

Schedule 

At 5:30p.m. Showtime’s YouTube channel is going to livestream Carl Frampton vs. Andres Gutierrez.

 

Then beginning at 7:15p.m. Gerald Washington and Jarrell Miller, plus Irish sensation Katie Taylor. These two fights will stream live on the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel.

 

Then at 9:00p.m. will be Charlo/Heiland followed by Broner/Garcia.

 

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Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia Final Press Conference Quotes & Photos

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Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia Final Press Conference Quotes & Photos

Premier Boxing Champions Event Saturday, July 29 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn & Live on SHOWTIME

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BROOKLYN (July 27, 2017) – Four-division world champion Adrien Broner and three-division world champion Mikey Garcia went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference two days before they headline a Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday, July 29 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.

 

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten former world champion Jermall Charlo meeting top contender Jorge Sebastian Heiland in a middleweight world title eliminator.

 

Undercard action on “SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Prelims” will stream live on Facebook and YouTube and will feature heavyweight contenders Gerald Washington and Jarrell Miller in a 10-round match, plus Irish sensation Katie Taylor in her U.S. debut.

 

Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $50 (not including applicable fees), are on sale now, and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

 

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday from Dream Hotel Downtown:

 

ADRIEN BRONER

“Just know that I’ll be ready on Saturday night. I’m not worried about how much he’ll weigh when we step into the ring. I’m ready for anything.

 

“Camp was tough, but it was great. I did a lot of things differently and made sure that I was doing everything right. I made sure not to cut any corners this camp.

 

“This is going to be a great fight for boxing. I’ve done my due diligence. I’m going to take care of business. I just know myself and know what I’m capable of.

 

“Every fight is a must-win in this sport. There’s no fight you go into with a loss on your mind. I’m going to put on a show on Saturday.

 

“I laugh when people write me off. I’m used to being the underdog coming from where I come from. People don’t know what I’ve been through to get to this point. I’m blessed to be where I’m at. Saturday night there will be a lot more room on the bandwagon.

 

“We’ll see who’s on the pound-for-pound list after Saturday night. We could have fought years ago but the time is now and I’m ready.

 

“I’m glad that the Garcia team took this fight as quickly as we did. I’ve been taking everything seriously in Colorado. I know Mikey will be ready too. Robert Garcia definitely has some confidence from beating me with Marcos Maidana. But Mikey is not Maidana.

 

“I just don’t feel like Mikey will be able to do anything to stop me from getting the victory. I’m sure he’s confident too. After I make it look easy, I want everyone to write about it and say something good.

 

“I can make anybody quit in the ring. Mikey is no different. If I execute and stay focused, don’t be surprised. I’m ready for this fight.

 

“Saturday is going to be a special day for me. My birthday is tomorrow. I’m almost 30. I want to dedicate this victory to my twin brother Andre. Seeing his smile will make it even more special for me.”

 

MIKEY GARCIA

“I’m prepared to go 12 hard rounds with Adrien Broner. This is a high profile fight. Probably more than my other fights. It’s created a lot of buzz amongst fans and media. Everyone is anticipating a great fight. This is a great matchup that can take me to the next level.

 

“I don’t think that he’s going to be desperate but he knows that I’m not an easy opponent. That’s why he’s taken camp so seriously. I expect him to be at his best and be ready. He knows that if he beats me he can launch his career back to where it was.

 

“He’s a four-division world champion so clearly he has the skills. I need someone who is hungry and motivated to bring out the best in me. My main focus is getting the win by any means necessary.

 

“I’m going to lo look to box effectively and show that I’m the better fighter. We’re both smart fighters but neither of us will run from the other. When you have styles like ourselves, with two guys who like to exchange punches, you’re in for a great battle.

 

“I think Adrien will be fine with the weight. He’s a pro and he knows that he really has to make weight. He’s learned from his mistakes. Sometimes he jokes around but that’s just part of his character. He takes things a lot more seriously because he’s facing me.

 

“If I can get this win, I just want to keep moving forward and fulfilling my dreams. I want to be in huge fights consistently. This is a crossroads fight for both of us to get to that level.

 

“I’m very excited to be here. Brooklyn was very kind to me when I fought here last year. I expect the fans to be here and show up like they always do on Saturday. There are incredible boxing fans in New York.

 

“I’m here to prove that I’m back and stronger than ever. This is another opportunity to show the kind of fighter that I am. I won’t let Adrien Broner stand in my way. This is my chance to show the best version of myself.”

 

JERMALL CHARLO

“I feel great and ready to make my debut at 160 pounds. Camp has gone smoothly. I’m ready to dominate this division like I did 154 pounds. My plan is to care of Heiland and then everything else will fall into line from there.

 

“This is a bigger, better and stronger version of Jermall Charlo. Everything has come together during camp. Ronnie Shields runs a great camp and I believe he’s continuing to bring the best out of me.

 

“I’m completely focused on this matchup. I know that I can’t get any of the big fights that I crave without taking care of Heiland. I’m going to break him down and if the knockout comes, I’ll make sure to take advantage.

 

“My hat is off to Adrien Broner and Mikey Garcia for bringing out all the fans and media for this great show. It’s a real thrill to be a part of this event.” Continue reading

[VIDEO] ADRIEN BRONER & MIKEY GARCIA FINAL PRESSER! Today @ 12:30pm

Check out the final press conference between Adrien (AB) “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) and Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs).

 

The Fight can be seen live on Showtime at 9:00pm eastern this Saturday.

 

Also on Showtime is undefeated Jermall Charlo vs. Jorge Sebastian Heiland.

 

Also competing in “SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Prelims” on Saturday are heavyweight contenders Gerald Washington and Jarrell Miller, plus Irish sensation Katie Taylor. These two fights will stream live on the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. PT.

 

Adrien BRONER vs MIKEY Garcia & Jermall CHARLO vs Jorge Sebastian HEILAND CONFERENCE CALL

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Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia is a 12-round super lightweight matchup that is presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, July 29 in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING.

Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $950, $750, $350, $300, $250, $150, $75, and $50 (not including applicable fees), and are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

WEDNESDAY! Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia Open to the Public Undercard Media Workout

 
ADRIEN BRONER vs. MIKEY GARCIA
FIGHT WEEK MEDIA SCHEDULE
*All Times Are Eastern*

(as of 07/21/17)

Wednesday, July 26 at 1:00 p.m.
MEDIA WORKOUT – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
                                               
Location: Modell’s Sporting Goods
140 Flatbush Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11217


12:45
p.m. – 
Media Arrival
1:00 p.m. – Jarrell Miller & Jorge Sebastian Heiland
1:20 p.m. – Gerald Washington & George Arias
1:40 p.m. – Katie Taylor & Noel Murphy
2:00 p.m. – Richardson Hitchins & Kenny Robles

2:20 p.m. – Jermall Charlo

Friday, July 28

1:00 p.m. OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN

Location: Brooklyn Marriott – Salon D
333 Adams Street 11201;
Brooklyn, New York
                                               
12:30 p.m.
– Media Arrival
1:00 p.m. – Fighters on Scale
           
Saturday, July 29

5:00 p.m. BARCLAYS CENTER DOORS OPEN & FIRST 
FIGHT BEGINS 

620 Atlantic Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11217

 

9:00 p.m. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING TELECAST BEGINS

Former Bantamweight Champion Rau’shee Warren Battles Former Champion McJoe Arroyo in Junior Bantamweight World Title Eliminator Saturday, July 29 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn

 

Former Bantamweight Champion Rau’shee Warren Battles Former Champion McJoe Arroyo in Junior Bantamweight World Title Eliminator Saturday, July 29 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn

 Premier Boxing Champions Event Headlined by

Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia Showdown live on SHOWTIME

 

BROOKLYN (July 20, 2017) – Former world champion Rau’shee Warren will return to the ring in a junior bantamweight world title eliminator against former 115-pound champion McJoe Arroyo as part of undercard action on Saturday, July 29 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

The July 29 event is headlined by a super lightweight showdown between four-division world champion Adrien Broner and unbeaten three-division world champion Mikey Garcia, in a 12-round bout presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also feature unbeaten Jermall Charlo facing Argentina’s Jorge Sebastian Heiland plus highlights of the heavyweight matchup between former title challenger Gerald Washington and unbeaten Jarrell Miller.

Warren (14-2, 4 KOs) and Arroyo (17-1, 8 KOs) will meet in a 12-round battle to determine who will be the IBF’s mandatory challenger for the junior bantamweight belt currently held by Jerwin Ancajas.

“I’m hungry to get back in the ring and get myself back into world title contention with a win on July 29,” said Warren. “I know that I’m going to be a world champion again and that all starts with this fight. I’ve been working hard in the gym and getting comfortable at the smaller weight. I’m going to be ready to perform when fight night comes.”

“I’ve been training a long time for this matchup as we awaited the official fight date,” said Arroyo. “This is a good opportunity for me and I am going to be at my best to win this fight and get a world title opportunity. I know Warren is a good boxer, so I will be in great shape.”

Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $950, $750, $350, $300, $250, $150, $75, and $50 (not including applicable fees), are on sale now, and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP. Continue reading

Adrien “The Problem” Broner vs. Mikey Garcia Breakdown and Prediction by Robert Uzzell

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Story by:  Robert Uzzell

It’s time to take a look at TheFightJournal.com‘s prediction for the Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia fight, set for July 29 in Brooklyn.

Tale of The Tape Adrien Broner Mikey Garcia
Age 27 (28 on fight night) 29
Current Status #9 World-rated welterweight WBC World lightweight champion
Professional Record 33-2-0, 24 KOs 36-0-0, 30 KOs
Height 5 ft 6 in 5 ft 6 in
Reach 68 in 69 in
Knockout Percentage 83% 67%
Previous Fight 01/28/2017 02/18/2017

 

On Saturday, July 29 on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, a highly anticipated super lightweight (junior welterweight) matchup between current WBC World lightweight champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia and Adrien “The Problem” Broner takes place.  The fight will take place at 140 pounds.  Broner has fought at 140 and above the weight.  Garcia will make his 140-pound debut in the fight.

The 27-year-old Broner, (33-2-0, 24 KOs), of Cincy, Ohio enters the fight riding a three-fight winning streak, with two of those victories coming by way of knockout.  During that stretch, he’s beaten Adrian Granados (SD 10), Ashley Theophane (TKO 9), and Khabib Allakhverdiev (TKO 12). He’s also been in with Shawn Porter (L – UD12), John Molina Jr., (UD), Emmanuel Taylor (UD), Antonio DeMarco, Marcos Maidana (L- UD12), Paulie Malignaggi, and Daniel Ponce De Léon.

The 29 year old Mikey Garcia (36-0-0, 30 KOs) fights out of Oxnard, California. He is trained by his older brother, former IBF World champion Robert Garcia.  Garcia has stopped 12 of his last 14, with Juan Carlos Burgos (UD) and Orlando Salido (stopped due to head butt) the only two survivors.  Salido, the #1 ranked featherweight at the time, was dropped four times by Garcia in their WBO title fight prior to the stoppage.

Garcia also has wins over Dejan Zlaticanin (KO of the year candidate), Roman Martinez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Jonathan Victor Barros, Matt Remillard, and Oliver Lontchi.

Strengths

Adrien Broner has very good hand speed and extreme physical talent.  He also has good pop on his punches when he sits down on them.  He has wonderful boxing skills and knows how to finish when he hurts his opponent.  He has a strong frame and understands punching in (flashy) combinations to the body and head when presented with it.  His quick and stiff jab is money when he uses it and he has an awesome left hook.  He’s got a good set of whiskers, being dropped by only the heavy hitting “El Chino” Maidana.

Mikey Garcia’s strengths begin with the power he has in both hands, especially the right.  He has good boxing skills and is an extremely sharp and accurate puncher.  Garcia seems to always know how to utilize proper spacing to get in the appropriate range to catch his foe.  One aspect of Mikey I admire is his patience. Garcia isn’t a bad body puncher either. His high KO rate comes from his patience to set the opponent up and not trying to mow them down, a la Mike Tyson.

Weaknesses

When people talk about weight issues, usually they refer to Broner.  However, Mikey Garcia had struggles at 126 pounds and at 130.  After his world title victory over Salido, Garcia failed to make weight for Juan Manuel Lopez.  While he’ll be okay making 140, he (like other Robert Garcia fighters) hasn’t always been on the money for the weigh-ins.  Garcia is very patient, sometimes to a flaw.  Against Broner, who doesn’t handle pressure well, being patient could backfire.  Waiting around could allow Broner an opening for his lightning-fast jabs and combinations.  Mikey is fighting at a weight class he’s not been at.  Advantage Broner, as we don’t know how Mikey’s body will adapt to the weight or if he can take punches at 140.  Mikey likes boxing, but doesn’t love it.  If he’s faced with too tough of a challenge, will he pack it in as some suggested he did against Salido?  Mikey is also a notorious slow starter, which could hinder him if Broner turns on the juice early.  Mikey picks his spots and Broner could capitalize on catching Garcia with quick combinations while Mikey is thinking and searching for openings.  Could Broner be too fast for Mikey to counter?

Garcia hasn’t faced anyone with Broner’s speed.  Mikey Garcia also doesn’t have the resume (experience) that Broner has.  Some feel Salido is his best opponent.  Lastly, Mikey only has two fights since 2014.  Then he comes back in his third fight to take on a top junior welterweight.  Hmm…  A super fast junior welterweight who will be the best fighter he’s faced in the pros.  This could be too much too soon for Mikey.

Adrien Broner is extremely flatfooted and sometimes has too low of a work rate.  In the past, he’s struggled against pressure fighters.  Garcia employs patience over pressure so we’ll see how it plays out.  Broner had weight issues in the past and although I feel he’ll be fine in this fight, we never know.  Defensively, he works the shoulder roll incorrectly.  He stands too square and it causes him to be hit easier.  Instead of using his shoulder to block the straight right and his glove for hooks with his chin tucked, Adrien moves his head straight back.  He needs move his head to the side.  Lastly, for all his physical tools, AB isn’t always there mentally.  However, I don’t expect that to be a “Problem” in this fight.

Predictions:

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This fight could go a couple of ways and it’s truly going to answer some questions. Will Broner be drained at the weight?  Can Mikey Garcia carry his power to 140?  Can Garcia take Broner’s punches at this weight?  Can Broner remain focused outside of his legal troubles?

Are you as good as your last fight?  If so, Mikey Garcia should be excited as he starched Dejan Zlaticanin.  Broner reached pay dirt also, albeit in a more workmanlike fashion over spoiler Adrian Granados.

Adrien Broner is going to box well in this fight.  He has a lot stake and it will show with his performance.  He’s won three in row.  However, none of those fighters had power to fear like Garcia.  Adrien has to come out strong and carry this fight fast.  He needs to get his jab to the head and body active to keep Garcia honest.  Continue reading