UNCASVILLE, Connecticut — Former four-division titleholder Adrien Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs) won in an unanimous decision over Jovanie Santiago (14-1-1, 10 KOs) in a Premier Boxing Champions card from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday.
The three judges scored the bout by 115-112, 116-111 and 117-110 in favor of the 31-year-old Broner.
“That was cool. I want to go home and really look at my fight. I haven’t fought in two years,” Broner said. “I felt good and I felt like I won the fight. It felt like I beat him with the jab, honestly. It feels good to get my hand raised.”
Santiago, 31, took a huge step up in class in his first fight outside of the Dominican Republic or his native Puerto Rico.
“I have to go home and assess my performance but I didn’t really warm up that much,” Broner said. “Later on in the fight I warmed up and started to feel good. I knew the motherf—er was going to be tough because he has that [undefeated record]. I knew he would fight like a homeless guy going for a sandwich. [But] I came in and I got the job done.”
The fight was originally scheduled for 140 pounds but was raised to the welterweight limit on Thursday after both fighters admitted to having trouble cutting down.
Reported by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Sports (Boxing)
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