Mikey Garcia’s return to the ring continued to pick up speed with his second dominant performance at Barclays Center in the last year.
The undefeated world lightweight champion was in control from the start against Adrien Broner, handing the former four-division world champ a decisive loss via unanimous decision in a junior welterweight bout.
Garcia went 30 months without a fight before returning to handle Elio Rojas via a fifth-round TKO in Brooklyn a year ago. In January, he returned to the ranks of world champions when he knocked out Dejan Zlaticanin in the third round to become a three-division titlist.
Moving up a weight class to meet Broner in a non-title fight, Garcia was the overwhelming aggressor. He took control from the start and ended up throwing nearly twice as many punches as Broner.
Garcia improved to 37-0 (30 KOs) with the highest-profile win of his career, setting himself up to be a threat and a championship contender at any one of three weight classes.
Jermall Charlo surrendered his IBF world super welterweight title to move up to middleweight, and quickly earned himself a shot at another title. The undefeated 27-year-old improved to 26-0 with his 20th knockout, finishing off Jorge Sebastian Heiland in the fourth round.
In the world title eliminator, Charlo took over in the second round and dominated on the way to the fourth-round finish by TKO. Charlo is now the mandatory challenger for Gennady Golovkin’s middleweight title.
Heavyweight Jarrell Miller and super flyweight Rau’shee Warren also earned victories, as did Irish Olympic champion Katie Taylor in her U.S. debut.
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