NEW YORK — Mikey Garcia, already a three-division world titleholder and one of the best fighters in the world pound-for-pound, added impressively to his r?sum?Saturday night.
Garcia, a reigning lightweight titleholder, moved up to junior welterweight and put on a masterful performance as he easily outboxed and outfought Adrien Broner to win a unanimous decision before a crowd of 12,084 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Broner, a former four-division world titleholder, moved down in weight from welterweight for the fight but was a considerable underdog in a nontitle showdown between two of the top names in boxing. The fight came together when neither could find a top opponent in his own weight division to fight this summer.
In the end, it was all Garcia, whose technical superiority was obvious. His punches were precise, crisp and accurate, with few that were wasted. Broner? He didn’t throw much at all, rarely threw combinations and did not do much of anything, except shake his head after getting hit as if to say, “That didn’t hurt.”
The judges all had it for Garcia, 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112, which seemed generous. ESPN.com had Garcia winning by shutout, 120-108.
“This is definitely one of my best performances ever,” Garcia said. “I think I controlled the fight in the early rounds, and I kept the activity up. [Broner] is a great fighter who has great skills. I was the superior fighter tonight.”
The first couple of rounds were slow, but then Garcia landed a hard left hand in the third round that had Cincinnati’s Broner, who turned 28 on Friday, in a little trouble and looking to get away. Garcia continued to stalk him and landed a few more shots. Broner shook his head as if to say he wasn’t hurt, but he clearly felt the punches.
Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) continued to work the body and stick his jab against Broner, who barely threw any punches. When he did throw shots, they were one at a time and not nearly enough to do any damage.
“Thanks to everyone who came to see me lose and everyone who came to see me win,” Broner said. “I want to congratulate Mikey and his team. It was a good fight. At the end of the day, I come to fight, I come to win, and I put my heart on the line.”
Broner’s lack of activity was shown in the CompuBox punch statistics. While Garcia landed 244 of 783 punches (31 percent), Broner connected with only 125 of 400 shots (31 percent). Broner never threw more than 44 punches in a round, while Garcia averaged throwing 98 per…