The boxing main event between Adrien Broner and Jovanie Santiago ended tragically for the Puerto Rican. The former undefeated pugilist garnered plaudits for his performance against the Ohio native. However, the judges scored the contest in favor of Broner.
Many boxing enthusiasts felt it was a clear robbery, but ‘Lobito’ didn’t quite sponsor these thoughts. Talking about this decision he said:
“No, this doesn’t surprise me. Broner did a nice job in there. The decision could have gone both ways. It’s not that I thought I was losing the fight but the fight could have gone both ways. He fought great and it came down to the decision.” (via Brian Campbell)
Santiago gave a sturdy test to the former four-division champ. He exhibited his power and fight IQ until the last gong of the bout. Though inexperienced, ‘Lobito’ kept enough stamina till the last round and threw a substantial combination of punches on his opponent.
He admitted that Broner put on a virtuoso performance in the fight to take it to the scorecards. Throughout the fight, Santiago didn’t feel that he was letting the bout go off his hands. Considering his and Broner’s performance, ‘Lobito’ felt the fight could have gone either way.
Displaying a champion mindset, the 31-year-old took this loss on his chin, and looking back at his performance throughout those 36 mins, he can only be proud.
Santiago vs Broner was the most talked-about fights of 2021, as the ‘Problem’ was making his comeback after retirement. Broner was an undeniable favorite in this fight, and many assumed that he would knock Santiago out cold.
Instead, the latter kept Broner on his toes in the entire fight. The duo traded significant punches with each other, and the tussle between them was worth a watch. Despite a cracking performance from ‘Lobito’, the Ohio native showcased his experience to clinch the win.
Overall, this fight lived up to its expectations and proved to be a valuable learning experience for Santiago.
What do you make of Santiago’s comments?