If the boxing career of the former four-division champion Adrien broner has nine lives, it is not clear how many have been used to enter the return to the ring of the controversial and enigmatic star, but this Saturday, February 20, he will have a new opportunity against Jovanie santiago.
Time and Channel Adrien Broner vs Jovanie Santiago
Campus: Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville
Time: 7:00 pm PT / 10:00 pm ET in the United States. 9:00 pm in Mexico.
Channel: ESPN in Latin America. ShowTime in the United States.
Adrien Broner vs Jovanie Santiago LIVE
Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs) will interrupt the longest hiatus of his professional career in just over two full years when he takes on the little-known Jovanie santiago (14-0-1, 10 KOs).
When asked during an appearance last week on “Morning Kombat” if the boxing world needs the 31-year-old back, Broner it was his typically entertaining self.
“Yes, of course, we can admit it,” he said. Broner. “Don’t get me wrong, you have great fighters and good fighters like Gervonta Davis, Errol Spence, Shawn Porter, Teofimo. [López], Devin [Haney] and Ryan Garcia, but Adrien Broner is different. When you say the name Adrien broner, everyone watches: your grandmother, your stepson, everyone goes to see Adrien broner “.
On the other hand, the most interesting thing to consider is how much Broner He still needs to box after quite a tumultuous time, even by his standards, away from the sport that featured multiple legal issues, cryptic messages on social media sparking suicide, and other fans begging for money. He also gained noticeable weight.
Broner He hasn’t fought since he made his pay-per-view debut in January 2019, when he nearly got knocked out in a wide decision loss to Manny pacquiao who saw Broner shoot and land just 20 total punches in the last six rounds. To make matters worse after such a lifeless defeat, Broner He argued during the post-fight interview that he deserved the decision and was robbed.
If you wonder yes to Broner he cares a lot about the notoriety, or lack thereof, of his opponent, hopefully not. It is rumored that for most of last year he would fight Ivan Redkach on his return, the returning opponent of Broner He was initially advertised as Pedro Campa, until an injury sustained by the Mexican fighter shortly after removed his name from the career.
Finally, the name of Santiago. The 31-year-old Puerto Rican has never fought outside of his home island or the nearby Dominican Republic as he prepares for his United States debut in a big break.
“At this point, I didn’t give a damn who got it,” he said. Broner. “They could have said Donald Trump and I would have said, ‘Okay, let’s do this.’ I am ready to fight. “
Broner vs Santiago prediction
From the speed of his hand to matching his power at anything under 147 pounds, the physical gifts of Broner they have never been questioned. His motivation and willingness to do his best in fights in which he is outmatched is a different story.
Certainly, there are questions that only Broner He can respond with his performance this weekend, even if his free lifestyle outside the ring has weakened his skills. However, the matchmaking level in this case is not likely to reveal that, even if it could be the case.
As disappointing as many of his performances against the elite or even very good competition may have been, Broner he’s been at his best when he can intimidate less skilled opponents by knocking them down and relying on his swift counterattack to break them down.
Wait to Broner get away with this one, as long as it doesn’t take too long to readjust to the live action as he gets his sea legs back under him. The record of Santiago He’s brilliant, but his level of competence just doesn’t match that of Broner, who, when he wants, can still box at a very high level, particularly in fights he is expected to win.
Pick: Broner by UD