Adrien Broner is in the winning column for the first time in four years after a controversial unanimous decision over Jovanie Santiago on Saturday night.
Broner was in the ring for the first time in over two years and was spotted an undefeated, but relatively unknown and unproven opponent at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. “The Problem” displayed the same issues that have plagued him since his loss to Marcos Maidana in 2013, including a reluctance to let go that could have cost him the fight.
Broner took the victory with scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 117-110 despite Santiago passing him by an absurd margin of 207-98.
After securing his 34th victory, the former four-division world champion plans to be more active than he has been, with just four fights in the past four years.
Broner started off slow and allowed Santiago to dictate the action for the first half of the fight. Broner eventually started to open up in the second half, but the Puerto Rican refused to allow Broner to run away with the fight. Instead, Santiago dug and traded.
Broner may have pulled off the toughest shots, but they were scarce, while Santiago was consistent throughout. The judges, however, saw something that most observers did not see; Tom Carusone (116-111) and Peter Hary (117-110) showcased absurd scorecards that gave Broner a nod in his first fight since a 2019 loss to Manny Pacquiao. His last victory dates back to 2017 against Adrian Granados.