Mikey Garcia ran his record to a perfect 37 wins in 37 fights with a one-sided beatdown of Adrien Broner on Saturday night in Brooklyn
Mikey Garcia was already a three-division champion and one of the worlds best fighters at any weight when a prolonged contractual spat with Top Rank supremo Bob Arum left him sidelined for more than two years.
Now the southern California native is back and better than ever.
The unbeaten 29-year-old from Oxnard solidified his pound-for-pound credentials on Saturday night in Brooklyn, delivering a master class in tactical pressure and ring generalship to win a unanimous decision over Adrien Broner before a crowd of 12,084 at Brooklyns Barclays Center. All three judges scored it for Garcia by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112. (The Guardian had it 117-111.)
Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs), whos held titles at featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight, moved up to 140lbs for Saturdays non-title bout with no obvious matchup awaiting at junior welter. His opponent was the cocksure Broner, whos collected alphabet titles in four divisions and came down from welterweight for the occasion.
Indeed, Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) had lost before. Yes, hes traditionally looked like a star against middling opposition and ordinary against the elite, most notably in previous losses to Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter. But no one has ever looked as good against Broner as did Garcia on Saturday night.
Both men were cautious in the opening stages with Broner showing his trademark speed and movement on the outside, looking to stick and move and circle his opponent. But Garcia, who cut off the ring beautifully all night, began to close the distance from the third round, working behind the jab and picking up his activity.
Broner, who turned 28 this week, did nothing to earn his opponents respect. The consequences of that negligence proved dire.
By the middle rounds Garcia was in total control, walking his man down and making him pay with punishing diet of blows to the head and body. Even when Broner was in range, the Cincinnati native didnt let his hands go. And with good reason: whenever he did, Garcia was there to make him pay with a one-two combination.