Was Adrien Broner vs Jovanie Santiago a Robbery? Santiago Does Not Think So

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February 21, 2021 5:00 pm

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.

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Jovanie Santiago vs Adrien Broner – a fight worth the hype

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?

Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA. Chauhan explores and analyses a sport he has been following ever since Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte engaged in a duel in 2015. He adores old-school punchers like Manny Pacquiao, as well as modern-day greats such as 'The Gypsy King'. In his downtime, he engages in rigorous workouts to cater to his love for fitness.

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