Mikey Garcia put on a boxing masterclass to produce a classy points victory over Adrien Broner in their super-lightweight showdown at the Barclays Center.
Garcia expertly dictated the fight from the start and systematically broke down Broner as he extended his unbeaten record to 37-0, winning by scores of 117-111 and 116-112 twice.
Garcia executed his game plan perfectly against Broner. Constantly backing him up to the ropes and out-working him with fast combo’s to the head and body. He didn’t seem to hurt Broner, but he outworked him in most rounds and landed clean, crisp shots. This seems to be the blueprint to beat Broner, who can switch off in rounds.
Broner did have some good moments in the final few rounds though. Sensing that the fight was slipping away, he started to let his hands go and landed some heavy body shots and one eye-catching left hook that stunned Garcia, but ultimately it was too little too late as Garcia, still looking fresh and fit, eased to a decision victory.
Speaking after the fight, Garcia said: “That was one of my best performances, I controlled things from early on.
“Broner is a tough, great fighter, I was just the better fighter tonight.
“I have very good timing, it is underestimated, when you get in with me you find out my timing is a step ahead.
“We are ready for anybody next, we want to look at the options. I can go down to lightweight for a big fight, or stay at super-lightweight or even move up to welter.”
The win moves Garcia to 37-0 and should line up more massive fights. He’s keen for a fight with Jorge Linares, which would surely prove who’s the world’s best lightweight. Any belt-holders from Lightweight to Welterweight will surely be on Garcia’s radar as he makes his move up the pound for pound list.