What We Learned From Adrien Broner’s Fight Against Jovanie Santiago?

Published 02/21/2021, 10:00 AM EST
BROOKLYN, NY – APRIL 21: Adrien Broner ( purple and white trunks ) and Jesse Vargas ( white and gold trunks) fight to a Majority Draw in their Welterweight fight at Barclays Center on April 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


The Adrien Broner vs Jovanie Santiago bout was one of the cracking boxing events of 2021. The fight garnered millions of eyeballs and unquestionably delivered what everyone expected. This bout also saw Adrien Broner securing a pro-boxing win after nearly 4 years. Moreover, ‘Lobito’ who was undefeated prior to the bout, lost his ‘O’ and scored his first career loss.

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Going into this fight, Broner was an ultimate favorite. But, the ‘Problem’ looked washed up, and the inactivity was certainly visible in his performance.

The underdog Santiago took the boxing world by storm by going toe-to-toe against the former four-division champion. He gave a tough fight to his toughest opponent yet and kept fans entertained.

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It was extremely vital for Broner to win this fight, as he had to prove his relevancy in the sport. ‘The Problem’ didn’t really showcase his previous version, but fared well enough to win the comeback fight. The 31-year-old retired back in 2019 after succumbing to a unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao.

He began preparing for this bout in late 2020 and employed his experience against the less-experienced Santiago. Despite a win, Broner has a lot to learn from this bout. He’ll have to dig in more deep to solidify his boxing resurrection, and he’ll need to compete regularly to shake off any ring-rust.

In the post-fight speech, he said that he would be back to hitting bags and fans will take heart from this as ‘The Problem’ is not going anywhere.

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What’s next for Adrien Broner?

After adding a much-needed victory to his resume, Broner will look to elevate his position from hereon. He still has a promising career lying ahead of him, only if he unleashes his prime self.

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MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 18: Adrien Broner works out for the media at the 5th Street Gym on December 18, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Broner is scheduled to fight Manny Pacquiao on January 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Moving ahead, he might stage his next fights with top-welterweights. Prior to reaching a title fight, Broner needs to touch gloves with some resilient names on the roster to signify his place and settle himself inside the squared circle.

He definitely got a fair and share experience with the Santiago fight and is clear about what he needs to work on. Furthermore, it’ll be intriguing to see if Broner actually implements those changes in his next fight.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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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.

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