The last time Adrien Broner won a fight, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was still six months away from facing Conor McGregor.
That changed Saturday night when Broner beat Jovanie Santiago by unanimous decision (117-110, 116-111, 115-112) from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. DAZN News scored the fight 114-113 for Santiago.
The story of the fight is the same as it usually is when Broner fights. Santiago came out and took the first half of the fight as the more active fighter of the two. He was taking Broner down and connecting combinations and ripping the body. Broner rarely threw and didn’t do much more than jab one at a time and keep his back against the ropes.
Broner-style, he entered the second half of the fight, starting in the seventh round. The former four-division world champion dropped his hands, used his lightning-fast combinations and his patented left hook, which nearly sent Santiago to the canvas in the eighth round.
Still, it was anyone’s fight to enter the 12th and final round. Santiago’s corner told him he needed a shot as they weren’t sure he would get a decision win. Santiago came out giving everything he had by unloading on Broner and not giving in to connect 32 of 95 hits in the last three minutes, while Broner only connected seven of 34.
According to Compubox, Broner connected 98 of 338 punches (29 percent), while Santiago connected 207 of 697 (29.7 percent).
The judges did not reward Santiago’s activity and aggression and instead awarded Broner his first victory since a split decision over Adrian Granados in February 2017.