Not every fight that we get is — or needs to be — a five-star bout. It’s unclear whether Mikey Garcia’s showdown with Adrien Broner this weekend is even all that relevant to the division in which it takes place, much less five-star, but that hasn’t done much to kill its intrigue. In a year of compelling, competitive, entertaining boxing matches, Garcia-Broner should be at least two of those things.
Though Garcia has only fought twice in the last three years, Broner hasn’t been particularly active himself. The Cincinnati native’s constant legal and weight struggles simply add more variables to the equation, making this fight a nightmare to pin down in terms of a specific prediction. Will Garcia seize upon his style and skill advantage and out-class Broner? Or can Broner somehow show up in decent shape and perform to his potential?
A massive win either way would seem to place the winner directly in line to face a Jorge Linares or Terry Flanagan, but various promotional issues and fissures make a handful of fights tricky to make, if not impossible. What Garcia-Broner means, beyond just being a fight to pass the time, isn’t totally clear. But sometimes it’s nice to simply enjoy a fight.
This week on Knuckles and Gloves Boxing Radio, author and filmmaker Brin-Jonathan Butler once more joined site founder and boxing historian Patrick Connor, and it goes without saying that various aspects of Garcia-Broner were dissected and laid bare. But there was also discussion of RingTV‘s decision to stream Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev’s recent filing with the NSAC, a long-form article about light heavyweight James Scott, and more.
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