Adrien Broner is in the win 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 more than two years and was spotted an undefeated, but relatively unknown and unproven, opponent at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. “The Problem” displayed the same problems that have plagued him since his loss to Marcos Maidana in 2013, including a reluctance to let his hands go that could have cost him the fight.
Broner earned the victory with scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 117-110 despite Santiago outlanding him by an absurd 207-98 margin.
After collecting 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 slowly and allowed Santiago to dictate the action over the first half of the fight. Broner finally started to open up in the second half but the Puerto Rican refused to allow Broner to run away with the bout. Instead, Santiago dug in and exchanged.
Broner may have landed the harder shots but they were few and far between while Santiago was consistent throughout. The judges saw something most observers did not, however; Tom Carusone (116-111) and Peter Hary (117-110) turned in absurd scorecards that gave Broner the nod in his first fight since a 2019 loss to Manny Pacquiao. His last win came in 2017 against Adrian Granados.