Mikey Garcia Earns Clear Decision Victory Over Disappointing Adrien Broner
Mikey Garcia continues to make the most of his comeback. That came at the expense of Adrien Broner, who continues to come up short when it matters most.
Garcia out-boxed, outfought and outworked Broner on Saturday en route to a unanimous decision victory. Broner once again didn’t do anywhere near enough to win and seemed to care too little afterward about the fact that he’d lost.
Of course, plenty of credit for that belongs to Garcia, who was able to cut off the ring well when Broner circled, throwing whenever he trapped Broner on the ropes. He led to dictate the offense, made Broner fall for his feints, went to Broner’s body to try to take the steam out of him, landed in combinations and handled what Broner offered in return.
Broner was accurate with his power punches — he was 72 of 161 in the fight, a 45 connect percent rate, according to CompuBox — but otherwise didn’t throw often enough. That averages out to just six power shots landed per round. He landed only 125 punches in total and threw just 400 punches, an average of 10 landed per round for every 33 thrown.
Garcia, in contrast, nearly doubled Broner up. He was 152 of 328 with power shots — an average of 13 landed per round for every 27 thrown — a similarly accurate 45 percent connect rate. In total, he was 244 of 783, an average of 20 landed punches per round for every 65 thrown.
Broner’s trainer tried to instill desperation in him after the eighth round. Broner responded by having his best round in the ninth, landing more right hand leads upstairs and getting some good blows in to Garcia’s body. He later brought blood from Garcia’s nose. Yet it was Garcia who amped up his activity in these final rounds, ensuring victory on the scorecards.
Two judges had Garcia ahead 116-112, or eight rounds to four. The third judge had him winning 117-111, or nine rounds to three.
Garcia is now 37-0 with 30 knockouts. This was his third win since he returned to the ring nearly a year ago to the day — a comeback that followed two and a half years away due to a dispute between Garcia and his now-former promoter. The former 126- and 130-pound titleholder captured a world title at 135 this past January, scoring a stellar knockout over Dejan Zlaticanin in just three rounds and with just two punches. He moved up to 140 for this fight with Broner.
Now Garcia has options in both divisions. He could return to lightweight and face his fellow titleholders: Robert Easter, Terry Flanagan and Jorge Linares. He could also try to compete at junior welterweight, perhaps challenging the winner of the upcoming unification bout between champion Terence Crawford and titleholder Julius Indongo, or he could meet contenders Rances Barthelemy and Omar Figueroa. There’s also a potential fight with Vasyl Lomachenko if Lomachenko moves up from 130.
Broner is now 33-3 with 24 KOs and seemed to shrug off his defeat in a post-fight interview. He said people would still watch him fight. Perhaps he’s right, but he loses marquee value every time he comes up short. Yes, he lost to bigger men and good fighters in Marcos Maidana (2013) and Shawn Porter (2015). But he had a distinct lack of effort for too much of the Porter fight, and hasn’t exactly inspired awe with his wins against lower-level opposition.
For a fighter who has won world titles in four weight classes, that accomplishment got a major assist from good management — his best wins to this date were against Antonio DeMarco (in a fantastic performance at lightweight back in 2012) and a split decision over Paulie Malignaggi at welterweight in 2013.
Yes, Broner has elevated his place in life significantly, and he has made more money through the way he marketed himself as an antihero to some and a villain to others. But there’s still a belief that he could’ve done more — both in his career and in many of his fights.
Jermall Charlo Arrives at 160, Sends Jorge Heiland Packing in Four
Jorge Heiland was already hurt before he got in the ring. Jermall Charlo made sure to put Heiland out of his misery, knocking him down once in the second round and then again in the fourth for the technical knockout victory.
If Heiland was going to be able to stand up against Charlo’s power, it would’ve helped for him to be able to stand in general. He had an injured left knee. The New York athletic commission forced him to remove tape from his knee before entering the ring yet allowed him to fight anyway.
Charlo took advantage. Heiland didn’t look right when he moved and couldn’t really push off his back leg. Charlo pummeled him in the opening minutes, dropping him with a right hand in the second round. Through two, Charlo had landed nearly half of what he’d thrown, hitting Heiland 65 of 138 times, according to CompuBox, while Heiland was a pathetic 6 of 87.
A ringside physician checked on Heiland’s leg after the second round and then let him out for the third. Charlo continued to dominate. Heiland at one point stumbled without even being hit. Thankfully the bout soon came to a close. Charlo connected in the fourth round with a left hook to the temple. Heiland tried to take a step, only to have his leg give out on him. He rose but couldn’t stand on steady legs, forcing the referee to finally call things off.
Charlo is now 26-0 with 20 KOs. This was his first fight since moving up to the middleweight division. He’d previously held a world title at 154, a reign that lasted 15 months and included three successful defenses, including a good battle with former titleholder Austin Trout and a sensational knockout of highly hyped contender Julian Williams.
He’s now in line for a shot at one of the title belts Gennady Golovkin currently holds. Golovkin has Canelo Alvarez next, so Charlo will have to wait. Hopefully we won’t be waiting long to see Charlo in against someone better — and someone who isn’t hurt — so that we can see how he measures up against the top 160-pounders. Daniel Jacobs is the best available opponent.
Heiland clearly wasn’t. He had knocked out Matthew Macklin back in 2014 but otherwise didn’t belong in the conversation. He’s now 29-5-2 with 16 KOs.
Heavyweight Prospect Jarrell Miller Walks Through Gerald Washington, Stops Him in Eight
Boxing is not bodybuilding. Muscles don’t win fights.
That much was clear in Saturday night’s bout between heavyweights Jarrell Miller and Gerald Washington. Judging by looks alone, one might’ve favored Washington, a former football player whose 248-pound body was in-shape and muscled. Miller, meanwhile, tipped the scales at the heaviest weight of his career — nearly 299 pounds — and admittedly had to lose 40 pounds to get there. His nickname is “Big Baby,” and you could clearly see why.
But Miller’s weight didn’t get in the way of victory. He showed himself to be the better fighter, walking Washington down for eight rounds, absorbing punishment and dishing it out until it became evident that Washington shouldn’t take any more punches.
Washington tried to move away from Miller’s pressure, throwing shots upstairs and wisely targeting the body as well before moving and then starting over again. Miller plodded forward, letting his hands go when Washington was in range. Washington tired quickly and was in range more often beginning in the second. That allowed Miller to show off his offensive arsenal, including uppercuts and hooks, and he also dug to Washington’s body to sap what little energy was left.
Just when Washington appeared to be breaking down, he dug down in the sixth round and landed a right hook to the body followed by a left hook upstairs, momentarily hurting Miller and backing him up. Washington pursued and tried to put Miller away, but couldn’t. Instead, it was a recovered Miller taking over for the remainder of the sixth — and for the remainder of the fight.
A ringside physician checked on Washington before the seventh round began. Washington slumped to his stool when the seventh ended. Miller dominated the eighth, and the referee stepped in and waved the fight off after the bell rang to bring that round to a close. It made sense; the fight had become a one-sided sparring session.
Miller is now 19-0-1 with 17 KOs. He’s ready for a step up but should give himself a better chance against better opposition by dedicating himself to being at least a little smaller. He’s been as light as 242 pounds in his career but has been up and down with his weight, coming in at 255 pounds just two years ago. He’ll need to be in better shape to properly pressure foes who are more adept at moving — think back to how Vitali Klitschko was able to box and dominate a rotund Chris Arreola in 2009.
Washington is now 18-2-1 with 12 KOs. He’s lost two in a row; earlier this year, he was even on the scorecards after four rounds with heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder before he got caught and stopped. Washington is limited, yet he may be able to string out his career with some decent paydays by filling a role as a gatekeeper opponent for prospects and contenders.