Published On: Sun, Jun 25th, 2017

Broner, Promise Amazing Fight

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If you were looking for trash talk between Adrien Broner and Mikey Garcia on Monday, you probably left disappointed.

The two boxers didn’t take many shots at one another during their late-morning news conference to promote their July 29 junior welterweight bout at the Barclays Center. In fact, they even posed for a selfie together when they first walked onto the stage, at Garcia’s request.

But that doesn’t mean it won’t be a good fight. After all, we’re talking about an undefeated lightweight world titleholder (Garcia) versus a former world titlist in four different weight classes (Broner).

“Boxing is going back to the old days, where the best fight the best,” Broner said. “And Mikey is definitely one of the best out there today.”

“[Broner's] definitely accomplished a lot, he’s an accomplished fighter,” Garcia said. “When he’s at his best, he’s really at his best, and that’s what I expect.”

Compliments aside, it was obvious these two have very different personalities. Garcia, 29, is soft-spoken, and was wearing a business suit that wouldn’t look out of place on Wall Street. Broner, 27, is an outspoken character, and was sporting a pinkish Puma sweatsuit plus gaudy jewelry around his neck and wrist.

But both have accomplished a lot in the boxing game. Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) has won world titles as a junior lightweight, lightweight, junior welterweight and welterweight. Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) has done the same at featherweight, junior lightweight and most recently at lightweight, thanks to his third-round knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin in January.

This fight will be a 12-rounder at junior welterweight level, meaning Garcia is moving up from 135 to 140 pounds.

“I still feel that 135 is probably the best division for me right now. My last performance at 135 I thought was great — fast, strong,” Garcia said. “But I don’t feel 140 will be much different. I think 140 will allow me to make weight a little more comfortably, and still keep my speed and my power.”

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