Two years faraway from his final look, former four-division titleholder Adrien Broner returned to the ring on Saturday in a welterweight headliner that felt very very similar to an Adrien Broner combat. 

Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs) wasn’t lively sufficient to impress and wanted a late rally to salvage a disputed unanimous decision over unheralded Jovanie Santiago (14-1-1, 10 KOs) in a Premier Boxing Champions card from the Mohegan Solar Area in Uncasville, Connecticut. In true Broner style, his post-fight interview was additionally extra thrilling and colourful than the 12 rounds that preceded. 

Regardless of being outlanded 207 to 98 by the light-punching Santiago, in accordance with CompuBox, the three judges favored the heavier counter photographs from the 31-year-old Broner by scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 117-110. CBS Sports activities additionally had it 115-112 for Broner, who benefitted from Santiago being docked some extent by referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to shut Spherical 4 regardless of each fighters touchdown punches after the bell.  

“That was cool. I wish to go dwelling and actually have a look at my combat. I have not fought in two years,” Broner stated. “I felt good and I felt like I received the combat. It felt like I beat him with the jab, truthfully. It feels good to get my hand raised.”

Regardless of Broner’s feedback, his jab was largely nonexistent till his late surge. He relied totally on counter left hooks and brief proper palms in a combat that, on paper, had no enterprise being as shut because it was given the hole in expertise between the 2. 

Santiago, 31, was taking an enormous step up in class in his first combat outdoors of the Dominican Republic or his native Puerto Rico. Broner, in the meantime, hadn’t fought since a dull 2019 loss to Manny Pacquiao in their pay-per-view bout earlier than present process a layoff that featured authorized troubles, alcohol abuse and weight acquire.

“I’ve to go dwelling and assess my efficiency however I did not actually heat up that a lot,” Broner stated. “In a while in the combat I warmed up and began to really feel good. I knew the motherf—er was going to be robust as a result of he has that [undefeated record]. I knew he would combat like a homeless man going for a sandwich. [But] I got here in and I bought the job carried out.”

After the combat, Broner referred to as out each Showtime and Corridor of Fame journalist Steve Farhood, who scored the combat in favor of Santiago as the published’s unofficial choose. Santiago, nonetheless, had no problem with the decision.

“No, this does not shock me. Broner did a pleasant job in there,” Santiago stated. “The decision may have gone each methods. It isn’t that I assumed I used to be shedding the combat however the combat may have gone each methods. He fought nice and it got here all the way down to the decision. 

“Boxing followers know who I’m now however to win this combat, I believe I wanted a bit extra strain and the combat would have gone my method.”

Broner appeared to actively give away the center rounds by abandoning his jab and never making Santiago pay for getting inside and flurrying to the physique. However Broner woke up in the second half and visibly damage Santiago with a left hook in Spherical 8 that almost brought about him to the touch his glove to the canvas in order to keep away from happening. 

In Spherical 9, Broner landed a left hook to open a lower beneath the left eye of Santiago though the heavy underdog rallied to outwork Broner in the ultimate spherical. 

After the combat, Broner urged that staying lively as a fighter can be the treatment to maintain him out of hassle. 

“I wish to say to [PBC founder] Al Haymon and [Showtime Sports president] Mr. [Stephen] Espinoza, maintain me in the ring,” Broner stated. “If I used to be combating on the common, possibly buddy [Santiago] would not have lasted. However simply maintain me in the ring and possibly I will not be combating circumstances and may do what I bought to do. 

“It’s a completely different AB. What occurred was I solely had $13 coming into this motherf—ing combat. We carried out flipped it to about $13 million so plenty of issues are going to alter. I am not going to lie. For the remainder of the weekend we’re going to flip bottles and have intercourse however I will be again to the gymnasium after this weekend.”

The combat was initially scheduled for 140 kilos however was raised to the welterweight restrict on Thursday after each fighters admitted to having hassle reducing down. Transferring ahead, Broner expects to compete as a junior welterweight. 

“I’m positively going again to the gymnasium and I am trying ahead to getting a kind of titles at 140,” Broner stated.

Battle card, outcomes

  • Adrien Broner def. Jovanie Santiago through unanimous decision (115-112, 116-111, 117-110)
  • Otto Wallin def. Dominic Breazeale through unanimous decision (116-112, 117-111, 118-110)
  • Robert Easter Jr. def. Ryan Martin through unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110, 117-111)

Broner vs. Santiago scorecard, stay protection

Broner 10 10 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 9 115
Santiago 9 9 10 10 9 10 9 9 9 9 9 10 112

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