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CINCINNATI, OH — A barrage of accurate hooks in the last 30 seconds turned out to be the difference for Adrien Broner, who won a close split decision over Adrian Granados in a back and forth 10-round war of attrition.

This was a highly entertaining fight with neither man holding an advantage for more than one round. Hell, sometimes barely 30 seconds in a round. In the end, Broner showed his usual mixed bag of promise and alarming trends for his immediate future.

EARLY VERSATILITY: The first three rounds displayed a Broner who was accurate with his counters and not a sitting target. Instead of previous Mayweather shoulder roll imitations, he showed nimble footwork to evade Granados’s long right hand. On the inside, he ripped counter uppercuts and looked sharp despite being outworked in pockets.

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STILL UNCOMFORTABLE WITH PRESSURE: Much like his efforts against Maidana and Porter, Broner is still wilts under constant pressure. He spent too much time grappling and holding (with little warning from the hometown ref). But unlike Porter, Granados was not passive in the clinches and ripped home body shots in every round. Those shots had Broner visibly weary in the late rounds.

CONTROVERSIAL SCORECARDS: The judges scored the bout 97-93, 93-97 and 96-94 for Broner. The last scorecard had Broner winning the 10th, and that likely came down to Broner scoring several hard hooks in the final seconds despite Granados controlling most of the round and forcing clinches.

Personally, I had it 95-95 with Granados taking two of the last three rounds. I had the Chicago native taking rounds 2, 4, 5, 8, and 10. I gave Broner rounds 1, 3, 6, 7, and 9. The two scorecards that had it 7-3 in rounds for each guy felt too wide.

WELTERWEIGHT FOOD: Unable to make 140, Broner’s camp was able to switch this to 147 in the final weeks. The problem for Broner is he’s now a fighter without weight class. Perhaps now too big to safely make junior welter, and too small to successfully challenge the elite at 147, as evidenced by the sound defeats to Shawn Porter and Marcos Maidana, and close decision wins over Paulie Malignaggi and now Adrian Granados.

Should Broner continue testing his luck at 147, or has this fight convinced you he’s better suited for 140? Sound off in the comments.

 

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CINCINNATI, OH — Lamont Peterson claimed the WBA World welterweight title with a hard-fought unanimous decision over David Avanesyan.

The rangier Peterson held the advantage at long range with an educated jab and lateral movement. However, the majority of the first-half was fought up-close with each fighter having success with short hooks and guard-splitting uppercuts. Avanesyan maintained the higher, more consistent work-rate while Peterson landed the harder single shots.

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Peterson displayed his class in the second half with lateral movement to score creative body shots around Avanesyan’s guard. Starting late in the seventh, Avanesyan was forced to give ground due to Peterson’s bullying and prolonged body assault.

Final scorecards read 115-113 and 116-112 twice for Peterson, putting him in play for the winner of Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia on March 4.

 

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CINCINNATI, OH — Marcus Browne overcame a point deduction for a second round foul to score three knockdowns and KO Thomas Williams Jr. at the Cintas Center.

Although both are southpaws, it was Browne who controlled the range behind a long, sturdy jab. Williams opted to lunge in with haymakers, making him susceptible to counters.

The bizarre first knockdown saw Williams badly stunned by a counter right jab. His knee and gloves touched the canvas, but Browne still unleashed a left hand. The referee credited the knockdown, but deducted a point from Browne for the foul and gave Williams five minutes to recover.

The time did little for Williams, whose equilibrium and punch resistance was noticeably diminished. Browne would score two more knockdowns off right hooks before Williams stayed down in the sixth.

Browne, whose record improves to 19-0 (14 KOs), called out WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. Williams, who was knocked out by Stevenson last July, suffers his second straight defeat and falls to 20-3 (14 KOs).

 

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Tonight, Showtime is making history by streaming the entire Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados card live on Twitter. The event, starting at 9 p.m., includes Lamont Peterson vs. David Avanesyan for the WBA World welterweight title, and undefeated Marcus Browne against Thomas Williams Jr.

For those who don’t have a Twitter account, you can stream the event below via BeatsBoxingMayhem.

 

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WILMINGTON, DE — Roy Jones Jr. scored a dominant eighth-round stoppage over Bobby Gunn last night at the Chase Center.

The 43-year-old Gunn, who came in winless since 2009, was completely overmatched by the 48-year-old Jones’s speed and skill. Jones kept Gunn subdued with snappy jabs, and scored at will with hard rights. Gunn was busted open in the sixth and badly wobbled by a 1-2 in the last minute of the seventh. Although Jones allowed him to finish the round, Gunn’s corner called off the bout before the eighth.

Jones picks up the fringe WBF cruiserweight title and improves his record to 65-9 (47 KOs).

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados are primed and ready for their welterweight showdown Saturday night on Showtime. Both fighters looked healthy coming slightly below the limit at 146.5.

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On the undercard, WBA welterweight title-holder David Avanesyan was at the 147 limit. Challenger Lamont Peterson tipped the scales at 146.5.

Opening the card is a light-heavyweight crossroads bout between undefeated Marcus Browne (174.5) and Thomas Williams (174.5).

The card airs Saturday on Showtime and live on Twitter at 9 p.m. ET.

 

 

 

 

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Is heartbroken Mary back? Just a few months removed from a contentious divorce from Kendu Isaacs, her husband/manager of 10 years, Mary J returns with some soulful mood music in “U + Me (Love Lesso).” It’s one of those “pain anthems” that Blige made her name on in the 90s.

We may very well be reaching by attaching this song to Blige’s personal life. Nonetheless, the most important thing is the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul sounds like she’s in the zone. Her 13th album doesn’t have a release date, but will be entitled Strength of a Woman.