Gar­cia out­points Broner to re­main un­de­feated

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NEW YORK (AP) — Mikey Gar­cia unan­i­mously out­pointed Adrien Broner on Satur­day night to re­main un­de­feated.

Gar­cia con­trolled his first fight at 140 pounds, par­tic­u­larly with body shots he was able to sneak in be­low Broner’s de­fense, and won 117-111 on one card and 116-112 on the other two.

A for­mer cham­pion in three lower weight classes, Gar­cia (37-0, 30 KOs) never se­ri­ously hurt Broner but dic­tated the ac­tion for most of the 12 rounds, land­ing nearly twice as many punches ac­cord­ing to post-fights stats.

“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,” Gar­cia said. “(Broner) is a great fighter who has great skills. I was the su­pe­rior fighter tonight.”

Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) lost a fight he prob­a­bly needed to win to prove he is wor­thy of still be­ing con­sid­ered one of box­ing’s head­lin­ers and ca­pa­ble of beat­ing some of the sport’s best. It was bet­ter than some of his re­cent per­for­mances, but not good enough against a fighter of Gar­cia’s cal­iber.

“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,” Broner said. Broner, who turned 28 on Fri­day, had won ti­tles in three di­vi­sions by 23 and later added a fourth. But losses and lethar­gic per­for­mances even in his wins, along with le­gal prob­lems out­side the ring, stalled his ca­reer that once rose so rapidly.

Gar­cia, mean­while, re­mains on a roll and con­tin­ued his dom­i­nant run over the last year since re­turn­ing from a 2 1/2-year lay­off while he bat­tled con­trac­tual is­sues. He can now weigh op­tions that could be pre­sented to him in mul­ti­ple weight classes.

He said he’d like to go back to 135 pounds in search of re­gain­ing a ti­tle, but was open to stay­ing at 140 or even mov­ing up to 147 if the right op­por­tu­nity was avail­able.

He con­sis­tently backed Broner into the ropes and landed hard body shots. Broner re­peat­edly shook his head that none of them hurt and he fought back well, but they were enough to win the ma­jor­ity of the rounds.

AFP-Yon­hap

Mikey Gar­cia cel­e­brates his win over Adrien Broner dur­ing their Ju­nior Wel­ter­wight bout at the Bar­clays Cen­ter in the Brook­lyn bor­ough of New York City, Satur­day.

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