Boxer Adrien Broner wins round on judges’ scorecards without landing one punch
Boxer Adrien Broner didn't need a knockout performance to defeat Jovanie Santiago – because he won the bout without landing a single punch in the first round of the fight.
Broner claimed a unanimous decision after the judges scored the bout 117-110, 116-111, 115-112 in favour of the American fighter.
But it was an incredible first round which got people talking on social media.
Nicknamed, 'The Problem', Broner failed to connect with a single punch in the first round of the contest, while Santiago threw 17 and hit the target with three.
Yet it was Broner who was awarded the round 10-9 on two of the judges' scorecards to the shock and surprise of those watching on.
Boxing judges in the USA are encouraged to score the fight based on 'Effective Aggression', 'Defence', 'Ring Generalship' and 'Clean and Hard Punching.'
So in theory a fighter could claim around with laying a glove on their opponent. But fight fans were not impressed with the decision.
The decision to award Broner the opening round didn't appear to have much of an affect going by the judges' scorecards.
But his opponent Santiago performed well throughout and can be considered unlucky not to have lost by a closer margin.
Broner knows what it's like to lose on the judges' scorecards having suffered a similar defeat to Manny Pacquiao in 2019.
That was the American's last fight prior to his bout with Santiago, which produced his first win in the ring since 2017.
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