Broner on win over Santiago: ‘I felt like I beat him with the jab, honestly’

Adrien Broner(34-4, 24 KOs) looked rusty at times on Saturday night, which is expected when you consider he has not fought in over two years, but fortunately for him, he was able to escape with a unanimous decision victory over Jovanie Santiago(14-1-1, 10 KOs) from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn(Showtime).

Broner started slow and ended reasonably strong, but, according to ShoStats, he was out-landed(207-98) by Santiago. Despite that, all three judges saw the fight for Broner (116-111, 117-110, and 115-112).

While he was not impressive, and some believed he may have lost, including Showtime’s Steve Farhood, Broner got his first victory in over four years. According to the former four-division world champion, he did enough to get the win over Santiago.

“I want to go home and really look at my fight,” he said. “I haven’t fought in two years. But I felt good; I felt like I won the fight. I felt like I beat him with the jab, honestly. But it felt good to get my hand raised, though.”

Broner, 31, who has had his share of legal issues over the years, hopes to be very active in 2021. According to him, being busy keeps him out of trouble.

“I want to say to Al Haymon and Stephen Espinoza: ‘Hey, keep me in the ring,'” Broner said. “If I was fighting on the regular, maybe buddy wouldn’t have lasted. But just keep me in the ring. Maybe we’ll stop fighting cases, and maybe we’ll stop getting in trouble.”

Even though the fight with Santiago was at 147 pounds, after it was supposed to be at 140, Broner expects to make noise and get belts at the junior welterweight division.

“There is a lot of work out there at 140,” he said. “Right now, we’re going to the drawing board with Al Haymon and see what’s best for me. But I’m definitely going back to the gym, and I’m looking forward to getting one of those titles this year—at 140.”

What’s next for Broner? He is a draw, and boxing fans flock to see him, so there are quality fights that can be made for him at 140, including fights against Regis Prograis and WBA regular champion Mario Barrios. However, it might be in Broner’s best interest to get another C-level fighter and then go after a more prominent name. 

A win is a win for Broner, but going forward, he will have to throw more punches and be more active in the ring if he wants to have success and get belts in 2021.

Photo Credit: Amanda Westcott / SHOWTIME

Broner, Santiago make weight for fight on Saturday night

Adrien Broner(33-4-1, 24 KOs) will make his much-anticipated return on Saturday against Jovanie Santiago(14-0-1, 10 KOs) in a 12-round fight at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn(SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET).

The fight was initially supposed to be fought at 140 pounds, but the fighters agreed to fight at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.

On Friday at the weigh-in, Broner came in at 146 pounds, while Santiago was 145 ¼ pounds.

Former heavyweight world title challenger Dominic Breazeale and highly touted contender Otto Wallin will square off in the 12-round co-feature of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast and former world champion Robert Easter Jr. and contender Ryan Martin who will meet in a 12-round super lightweight bout to open the telecast.

Below are the official weights, judges and referees for Broner-Santiago, Breazeale-Wallin and Easter Jr.-Martin:

Welterweight Bout – 12 Rounds

Adrien Broner – 146 lbs.

Jovanie Santiago – 145 ¼ lbs.

Referee: Arthur Mercante; Judges: Tom Carusone (Conn.), Glenn Feldman (Conn.), Peter Hary (Conn.)

Heavyweight Bout – 12 Rounds

Dominic Breazeale – 261 ¼ lbs.

Otto Wallin – 240 ½ lbs.

Referee: Johnny Callas; Judges: Tony Paolillo (N.Y.), Waleska Roldan (N.Y.), Tom Schreck (N.Y.)

 Super Lightweight Bout – 12 Rounds

Robert Easter Jr. – 139 ¾ lbs.

Ryan Martin – 139 ½ lbs.

Referee: Harvey Dock; Judges: Tom Carusone (Conn.), Frank Lombardi (Conn.), John McKaie (N.Y.)

Photo: Amanda Westscott/Showtime

Broner: ‘I’m coming to sweep it all up; WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF’

Adrien Broner is back, and hopefully, for him, he’s better than ever. Broner(33-4-1, 24 KOs) will return on Saturday night against Jovanie Santiago(14-0-1, 10 KOs) in a 12-round fight at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn(SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET). The fight was initially supposed to be fought at 140 pounds, but the fighters agreed to fight at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.

 The last time we saw Broner was over two years ago when he lost to Manny Pacquiao. After a series of legal issues, Broner is finally back in the ring. Despite the setbacks, the 31-year-old Broner, a four-division world champion, expects to be at the top of the sport again.

“I feel like I’m going to be a world champion again, again, again and again,” Broner said at the final press conference on Thursday. “Until I’m really done with boxing. Yes, I took two years off from boxing, retired, and let my body heal and rest. I just feel like I’ve got what it takes to win more championships in different weight classes, so that’s what I’m going to do.”

According to Broner, he has stopped partying and drinking and has lost around 35 pounds during training camp for this fight. 

“I went through a lot of things, honestly,” he said. “One day, I just woke and said, ‘I’m done.’ In order to change, you’ve got to make change, or you’ll steady get caught up doing the same thing. I cut a lot of stuff, I stopped doing a lot of stuff, and I got myself together. It was a long road to get to where I’m at today, and now I’m here.”

Broner had a message for all the world champions out there.

“Listen, if you got a belt, just hold on to it,” he said. “I’m coming to sweep it all up; WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF. I’m coming to get them all.”

This is Broner’s last stand. The time is now for him to change things around. He owes people a lot of money right now, so it’s imperative that he wins on Saturday night, so he can be in  position to get a bigger fight, which means bigger money. 

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

 

Broner-Santiago, Breazeale-Wallin set for February 20 in Connecticut

 Former four-division world champion and must-see attraction Adrien “The Problem” Broner will end his two-year hiatus from boxing when he faces Jovanie Santiago in a 12-round super lightweight bout Saturday, February 20 live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. in a Premier Boxing Champions event.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast also pits former heavyweight world title challenger Dominic Breazeale against highly touted contender Otto Wallin in the 12-round co-feature. The telecast opener features former world champion Robert Easter Jr. facing off against contender Ryan Martin in a 12-round super lightweight bout. The event is promoted by TGB Promotions. Breazeale vs. Wallin is promoted in association with Salita Promotions.

Cincinnati’s Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs), is one of the most popular and colorful personalities in the sport. He quickly rose to prominence by combining supreme boxing with a brash outspoken personality. By the age of 26, he had captured world titles at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds, becoming one of only eight active fighters to win a world championship in four divisions. Broner has faced several multi-division world champions such as Paulie Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana, Mikey Garcia, Jessie Vargas and Manny Pacquiao. Broner returns to the super lightweight division where he dominated Khabib Allakhverdiev to win a 140-pound title in 2015.

“I can’t wait to get back into the ring. It’s been a while. This will give me a chance to display my talents and show everybody what they’ve been missing,’’ Broner said. “I’ve been training and working very hard and everybody will see all of that hard work come together on February 20 on SHOWTIME.’’

Hailing from Dorado, Puerto Rico, the undefeated Santiago (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will make his stateside debut against Broner just two months removed from a dominating first-round knockout victory over then-unbeaten Juan Zegarra in the Dominican Republic. In 2017, Santiago defeated former super lightweight world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley via unanimous decision, marking the only time he has allowed his opponent to go the distance since 2015. Known for his come-forward style, Santiago has campaigned at 140 pounds for the majority of his career and ascended to 14th in the WBA’s super lightweight rankings.

Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs) has an impressive knockout ratio and numerous memorable knockout victories, including stoppages of Amir Mansour, Carlos Negron, and then-unbeaten Izuagbe Ugonoh. The 35-year-old has come up short in two heavyweight title opportunities against Deontay Wilder and current unified world champion Anthony Joshua. Born in Glendale, Calif., and now living in Eastvale, Calif., Breazeale was an outstanding high school football player who played quarterback at Northern Colorado University before taking up boxing. The 6-foot-7 heavyweight was also a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic® boxing team.

“Camp has been great. I’m working with my new trainer, Abel Sanchez, up in Big Bear,” Breazeale said. “Otto Wallin is going against a big guy who can punch and throws punches in bunches, so he’s going to be in trouble. I’m going to bring the pressure from the opening bell until the moment he hits the canvas.”

Wallin (21-1, 14 KOs) makes his second appearance on SHOWTIME within the Mohegan Sun “Fight Sphere” after defeating Travis Kauffman via fifth-round TKO in August. Before that, he nearly upset Tyson Fury in September 2019, when he opened up a gruesome cut over Fury’s right eye with a legal punch that almost halted the fight. While the 30-year-old lost to the lineal heavyweight world champion via unanimous decision, he proved his mettle as a potential heavyweight champion. Representing his native Sundsvall, Sweden, Wallin trains in New York with former champion Joey Gamache.

“Training has been going very well. I’m in a good place,” said Wallin. “Breazeale is a tough customer that’s always in firefights and is entertaining to watch. I believe it’s going to be a good fight. I’m pretty sure that he’s going to try and come out and go after me, so I don’t think I’ll have to look for him. I’m in great shape. I believe I’ll be able to break him down and take him out.”

A former IBF lightweight world champion, Easter (22-1-1, 14 KOs) won the vacant belt with a split decision victory over future world champion Richard Commey in 2016. The 30-year-old from Toledo, Ohio, successfully defended the title three times before losing it to four-division world champion Mikey Garcia in a 2018 unification clash on SHOWTIME. Following a split-draw against Rances Barthelemy in April 2019, Easter made his super lightweight debut on SHOWTIME in October 2019 with a unanimous decision victory over Adrian Granados.

Haney is interested in fighting the big names at 140, Ryan Garcia

Devin Haney says he would love to renew his rivalry with amateur foe Ryan Garcia in the paid ranks, as Haney joins Matchroom Boxing’s new podcast, ‘The Lockdown Tapes’.

Haney is itching to get back into the ring and resume his reign as WBC Lightweight champion having been made champion in recess after suffering the shoulder injury in his first defense against Alfredo Santiago in Los Angeles in November that forced him to have surgery.

The 21 year old talent will be knocking on promoter Eddie Hearn’s door to headline once again when boxing returns from the hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic and build up to the massive clashes he’s been craving.

One of those clashes would be with Garcia, whom he went toe-to-toe with following Garcia’s one-punch KO win in the first round of his clash with Francisco Fonseca in Anaheim in February. Haney also had a friendly but feisty exchange with former two-weight World champion and Golden Boy Promotions partner Bernard Hopkins backstage over the potential battle, and Haney told Chris Lloyd in the second episode of ‘The Lockdown Tapes’ that a future showdown with Garcia is inevitable.

“We boxed a lot in the amateurs, so we have a lot of history,” said Haney. Ryan and I have always been advanced for our ages since we were young. He’s always been my rival, it’s always been him and me going at it, I think I was nine in our first fight and he was my second to last amateur fight.

“Ryan’s good and he’s improved in the pros, training with Eddy Reynoso and the Canelo team. He’s getting better with every fight and his talent speaks for itself.

“I have a lot of respect for Bernard and he was just doing his job. When I get a little rowdy with him, I’m just messing because I know what they have set for Ryan and I don’t think they have any intentions of fighting me, at least Golden Boy don’t right now, but Ryan would fight me.

“I want to make the biggest fights happen, and if it’s up at 140l pound, I’ll gladly go up and take it. A fight with Mikey Garcia, Adrien Briner, those are the big fights there, but lightweight is where I am campaigning and I’m looking to win more and more World titles.”

Along with his thoughts on Garcia, Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez, Haney gives updates on his rehab, a tribute to Roger Mayweather, how long he wants to be in the sport for and advice to fans on staying fit and healthy during the lockdown.

Listen to complete interview with Haney:

THE LOCKDOWN TAPES WITH DEVIN HANEY IS ALSO ON MATCHROOM BOXING’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL NOW!

Photos from Pacquiao’s victory over Adrien Broner

 Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao cruised to a comfortable unanimous decision over Adrien “The Problem” Broner to defend his WBA Welterweight World Championship on SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday night in front of a sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The scores were 117-111, 116-112 twice.

The global icon and boxing’s only eight-division champion Pacquaio – who was fighting for the first time as a 40-year-old, and the first time in the United State in more than two years – used effective jabs and sustained body work in his 70th professional fight that was watched by an announced attendance of 13,025 fans, including the retired Floyd Mayweather.

“I proved in my last fight against [Lucas] Matthysse and now I proved it again: The Manny Pacquiao journey will still continue,” Pacquiao said.

Asked by SHOWTIME’s Jim Gray if he would like to rematch Mayweather in the future, Pacquiao said he’d do it if Mayweather unretired.

“Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight,” Pacquaio said. “I’m willing to fight Floyd Mayweather again if he’s willing to come back to boxing.”

SHOWTIME Sports official scorer Steve Farhood scored the fight 118-110 in favor of the Filipino Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), giving Cincinnati’s Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) only the fourth and the 10th rounds.

Broner said he thought he did enough to win the fight. “I beat him,” he said. “Everybody out there knows I beat him. I controlled the fight, he was missing. I hit him clean more times. I beat him.”

Pacquiao maintained a strong pace throughout the fight, throwing 47 punches per round compared to Broner, who averaged almost half that output. Broner was limited to single-digit total connects in every round while Pacquiao exceeded double-digits five times.

Photos/Courtesy: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME, Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions, Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

 

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Pacquiao: ‘People writing me off after the Jeff Horn fight was good for me’

When Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title in controversial fashion to Jeff Horn in July 2017, many thought we had seen the best of Pacquiao, but he returned a year later and stopped Lucas Matthysse in seven rounds. Now, he continues stake his claim as one of the best at 147 when he battles Adrien Broner on Saturday in Las Vegas(Showtime PPV).

“People writing me off after the Jeff Horn fight was good for me. I’m not mad at anyone who thought that,” Pacquiao said on Wednesday. “It just became a challenge and a test to me of whether or not I could still show my best.”

Pacquiao would show his best against Matthysse this summer in a performance that reminded Pacquiao of some of his great performances of the past.

“The knockout in my last fight felt good. It felt like my younger days against Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and others,” Pacquiao said. “That fight was a big challenge for me to recover from the fight against Jeff Horn. People said that my career was done. But I never got discouraged, I just worked hard and made the knockout against Lucas Matthysse happen.”

The hope for Pacquiao is he will stop Broner on Saturday night, and to make that happen, he plans on putting the pressure on the Cincinnati native.

“I don’t need to dislike my opponent to want a knockout. I’m just doing my job in the ring. If the knockout comes, it comes,” Pacquiao said. “We’re hoping to have that opportunity Saturday. I have to pressure him to make him open up. Wherever he goes, I’ll be there.”

Photo: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

Broner on Pacquiao: ‘I’m going to beat him up and have a drink with him afterward’

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner went face-to-face Wednesday in Las Vegas at the final press conference before they battle on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Broner has never been a fighter who lacked confidence, and he has a lot of confidence coming into this fight against Pacquaio.

“I’m not in awe of any fighter, especially Manny Pacquiao. I hope he’s in awe of me. I’m a one of a kind fighter too,” Broner said on Wednesday. “I’ve made history in this sport.

“I just have to go out and win this fight; then everything is going to start going my way. Saturday night, I will be victorious. This is a defining moment in my career, and it’s going to be one of the biggest nights of my life.

“Pacquiao hasn’t fought me, so I’m not worried about what he says about me right now. He’s going to have a different outlook after he fights me Saturday night.”

If all goes well for Broner, he is going to party hard in “Sin City.”

“I’m going to turn Las Vegas into a big block party after I win on Saturday night. It’s going to change my career,” Broner said.

“Manny Pacquiao has done a lot for the sport. I’m going to beat him up and have a drink with him afterward. I grew up in boxing, and I know what’s going on. It’s a business, but don’t get it twisted, I’m going to dominate and win.”

Broner could win on Saturday night, but he won’t dominate Pacquiao. This will be a very close fight. The biggest question is will Broner let his hands go, which has been an issue in previous fights. If he does, maybe he can pull off the upset. If not, he won’t beat Pacquiao on Saturday night.

 Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
 

Cunningham: ‘I can’t see Adrien(Broner) coming out of there without a victory’

There comes a moment in every fighter’s career when it’s time show who and what you’re truly about, and for Adrien Broner, that time is now. Broner finally has gotten the fight he has wanted for a long time as he battles Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Showtime PPV).

Broner, who is a four-division world champion, has a lot of talent, but has never been able to beat an elite fighter, but according to his trainer Kevin Cunningham, that will change on Saturday night.

“Preparation has been great. Camp has been tremendous. Adrien is ready to go and extremely focused for this fight,” Cunningham said on Tuesday. “He came into camp that way, and it’s stayed that way.

“We added some things this training camp because we know he’s fighting a legendary fighter. This is one that he has to have, and he realizes it. I expect a spectacular performance.

“I think on Saturday night that Adrien is going to be that guy that everyone expected him to be from day one. It will open a lot of eyes. I believe that we put the work in. I can’t see Adrien coming out of there without a victory.”

While Cunningham believes Pacquiao still has good hand speed, he believes Broner is quicker, which will help Broner in this fight.

“Pacquiao still throws combinations, but they don’t come in as fast or as sharp as they used to,” Cunningham said. “He can throw as many punches as he wants to throw, but if they’re not landing, it doesn’t mean anything.

“I think Adrien is the quicker fighter. Quickness offsets speed, all day, every day. It’s all about being quick enough to time the guy with your hand speed. It’s different than just throwing a bunch of fast punches.”

If Cunningham is right, Broner will finally get that elusive victory against an elite fighter, but if he is wrong, Broner continues to be that guy with a lot of ability.

The Showtime PPV begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature two-division world champion Badou Jack battling unbeaten top-rated contender Marcus Browne for the WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Title, former world champion Rau’shee Warren taking on France’s Nordine Oubaali for the vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship and unbeaten WBA Interim Featherweight Champion Jhack Tepora defending against former world champion Hugo Ruiz.

Photo: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions

Pacquiao: ‘I’m going to give the fans the speed and power that they’re used to seeing’

On January 19, Pacquiao will end his two-year hiatus from a U.S. boxing ring when he returns to Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to battle Adrien Broner.

The 40-year-old Pacquiao got his first stoppage victory since 2009 when he stopped Lucas Matthysse in seven rounds back in July 2018. Now, the big question is can Pacquiao continue to turn back the clock against Broner? Well, he believes he can.

“My journey in this sport is still continuing. I’ve accomplished everything I’ve wanted to, but I also want to continue to keep my name at the top,” Pacquiao said in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “Even at 40-years-old, I can still show the best of Manny Pacquiao. I’m going to give the fans the speed and power that they’re used to seeing.”

Recently, Pacquiao stated his goal was to stop Broner, which won’t be easy since Broner has never been stopped in his career; however, Pacquiao is training to get that done.

“On January 19 I’m going to do my best. I can’t say a prediction, but I’m going to do the same thing I did for my last fight. My trainers know how hard I’ve worked in this camp for this win.”

Pacquiao looked great against Matthysse, but a lot of people could have looked good against Matthysse on that night, so if Pacquiao is still Pacquiao, he should beat Broner, but if he’s not, we may have seen the last of him at that the top of the sport of boxing.

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME