Showtime Boxing: Pressure busts Pipes
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
July 31, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center) – Game! Set! Match! That’s how each fight concluded Saturday night at Barclays Center where the victor successfully applied their game plan and defeated their opponent in convincing fashion.
The main event, featuring current WBC Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia versus former WBC Lightweight champion Adrien Broner, was a skillfully fought fight by Garcia. The co-main event featuring Jermall Charlo, one of half of the only twin brothers in boxing’s history to hold world championships simultaneously, showcased a dominating performance by the former IBF Super Welterweight champion.
Brooklyn’s own heavyweight contender Jarell “Big Baby” showed why people can “never judge a book by its cover.” Miller, the former kick-boxer, once again showed why he’s a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division.
Adrien Broner, Cincinnati, OH (33-2, 24 KOs) vs Mikey Garcia, Moreno Valley, CA (36-0, 30 KOs)
12 ROUNDS – WBC DIAMOND BELT SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
In a highly anticipated matchup of current WBC Lightweight Champion versus former WBC Lightweight champion, it was Garcia who reigned supreme, defeating Broner, in twelve hard fought rounds. In the first round Broner moved around the ring moved extremely well, jumping in and out with his jab. Garcia stood his ground and patiently waited for his opportunity to land his shots. Garcia began to make slight adjustments to close the distance, which gave way to him landing a few left hooks to the body on Broner as he was against the ropes. It appeared that the first round was evenly fought. By the second and third round it was clear that Garcia had full control of the fight.
Broner used his athleticism and dodged several punches from Garcia, often shaking his head and telling the Garcia “NO! You can’t hurt me!” In the eighth round, with the crowd chanting his name, Garcia began to stalk Broner. He stood in front of Broner for half of the round with his hands down, waiting for Broner to exchange with him. Garcia would later explain that “I knew he didn’t have anything for me. I was beating him and at that point I beat him mentally.”
Garcia continued to apply pressure and would often back Broner to the ropes, where he would land a series of punches, including uppercuts that were splitting the guard of the defensive former champion.
Garcia was poised and remained confident throughout the fight, landing countless combinations, right hands, and left hooks to the body. Simply put, Garcia controlled and dominated the entire bout. His keys to victory were:
- Be more of a volume puncher
- Land to the body
- Use the right hand
By sticking to his game plan, Garcia put on a superb performance, out-boxing and defeating Broner by a wide margin, winning a unanimous decision by scores of 117-111 and 116-112 (x2).
For this fight, nothing can be taken away from Broner’s performance. He simply lost to a better fighter who had a better strategy. Broner gave his all. The hope from many people in attendance was to see a flashy, fast combination-punching style from Broner but that was not the case and to be frankly speaking, it was not his fault. He fought a fighter who fought a better fight. Broner, the four-division world champion, having celebrated his twenty-ninth birthday the night before, is expected to come back, fight again, and fight for a world championship.
With his win Garcia finds himself at the very place same he was at years ago. Before he became embroiled in a court room battle with his former promoter (Top Rank Boxing), Garcia was on the cusp on becoming one of the best fighters in boxing. He has since worked hard and regained the momentum that has followed him throughout is career. Garcia is a proven champion, and proven phenomenal fighter. Garcia has been and continues to be ranked amongst the elite in today’s boxing. Garcia is no longer chasing anyone; he is no longer the hunter. He is now the prey. Garcia is focused on one thing and one thing only: building his legacy.
Mikey Garcia – WBC DIAMOND BELT CHAMPION (140lb), WBC LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMION (135lb)
“We knew it was going to be a tough fight. Broner is a great fighter and he has great skills but I was the superior fighter tonight.”
“It was part of the strategy to be a little busier than the fights I’ve previously had. 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.”
“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.
“Maybe I’ll go down to 135, stay at 140 or go up to 147. Anybody that wants to come fight, give us a call. We are ready for anybody.”
“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, “and 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.”
CO – MAIN EVENT
12 ROUNDS – WBC MIDDLEWEIGHT ELIMINATOR
Jermall Charlo, Houston, TX (25-0, 19 KOs) vs Jorge Sebastian Heiland, Buenos Aires, Argentina (29-4-2, 16 KOs)
Charlo, the former IBF Super Welterweight Champion, showed his supreme boxing skill and quickly dispatched the southpaw Heiland by way of TKO at 2:13 of round 4. Heiland, who appeared to be fighting on an “unsteady” left-leg, showed heart and grit as he tried his best to withstand the power punching from Charlo. Charlo held no back, took no pity on the what appeared to be an injured as he knocked down Heiland several times before the fight was stopped.
Charlo looked impressive in his first fight in the middleweight division. With his victory, he is now ranked in the WBC as the mandatory challenger for Gennady Golovkin’s title. Before that fight takes place, Golovkin must take care of business on September 16 and defeat the former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Charlo expressed his thoughts regarding the current state of his division and he made sure to let everyone know that he’s ready to take over.
“I felt good at the weight. I was in good shape all camp. I just had to keep my composure in the ring. That’s always something I must work on and I was able to do it.
“After I dropped him the first time they said he fell on top of his ankle. That’s just part of the boxing game. I had to just stay consistent and get the work done. “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 job like I did; continue to work and it’s going to come.
“I want the belt next. I’m thankful to my team for getting me ready physically. I did it for my city and my family. I’m ready for the next level. 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”
10 ROUNDS – HEAVYWEIGHTS
Jarrell Miller Brooklyn, NY (18-0-1, 16 KOs) vs Gerald Washington Vallejo, CA (18-1-1, 12 KOs)
In a hard-fought battle between two huge heavyweight contenders, it was the hometown favorite who came away with a TKO stoppage at the end of the eighth round. Both Miller and Washington banged away at one another until the corner of Washington felt it best to stop the fight. During the early part of the fight Washington used his height and reach advantage, landing punches on the outside.
Miller, the Brooklyn native, never wavered in his attack, continuously stalking Washington while landing heavy blows to both the head and body of his opponent. It appeared that the game plan for Washington was to wear Miller down, expecting him to tire out during the later rounds. Unfortunately for him, Miller continued to press the action, often pinning Washington against the ropes, and landing power punches that knocked Washington’s head back repeatedly.
Miller’s captivating win has fight fans in awe. He is a huge heavyweight, who weighed in for the fight at almost three-hundred pounds. What fight didn’t real then, and learned after, is that he is a well-conditioned athlete who is ready to fight the top heavyweights in his division, with the goal of becoming the next world heavyweight champion from Brooklyn.
Afterwards, Miller shared his thoughts on the fight.
“Gerald was very tough. Gerald pushed me and motivated me. I knew there would be a give and take in this fight. I was trying to outthink him.”
“I took the hard way back coming in off from a layoff. I felt the ring rust. I had to rely on my brain and my power. It was a very good fight that had me thinking. My power was there, but I couldn’t put it together the way I wanted to today. It’s one thing to fight when you have stamina, it’s another to fight when you’re tired.”
You can catch the replay of three-division world champion Mikey Garcia dominant 12-round performance against four-division world champion Adrien Broner on Monday at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
The Broner vs. Garcia fight was presented by Premier Boxing Champions at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®. PBC was sponsored by Corona, La Cerveza Mas Fina and this event was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment.
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