Two years faraway from his final look, former four-division titleholder Adrien Broner returned to the ring on Saturday in a welterweight headliner that felt very very similar to an Adrien Broner struggle. Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs) wasn’t lively sufficient to impress and wanted a late rally to salvage a disputed unanimous resolution over unheralded Jovanie Santiago (14-1-1, 10 KOs) in a Premier Boxing Champions card from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. In true Broner vogue, his post-fight interview was additionally extra thrilling and colourful than the 12 rounds that preceded. Despite being outlanded 207 to 98 by the light-punching Santiago, in keeping with CompuBox, the three judges favored the heavier counter photographs from the 31-year-old Broner by scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 117-110. CBS Sports additionally had it 115-112 for Broner, who benefitted from Santiago being docked a degree by referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to shut Round 4 regardless of each fighters touchdown punches after the bell.  “That was cool. I wish to go dwelling and actually take a look at my struggle. I have not fought in two years,” Broner mentioned. “I felt good and I felt like I received the struggle. It felt like I beat him with the jab, truthfully. It feels good to get my hand raised.”Despite Broner’s feedback, his jab was largely nonexistent till his late surge. He relied totally on counter left hooks and brief proper arms in a struggle that, on paper, had no enterprise being as shut because it was given the hole in expertise between the 2. Santiago, 31, was taking an enormous step up in school in his first struggle outdoors of the Dominican Republic or his native Puerto Rico. Broner, in the meantime, hadn’t fought since a dull 2019 loss to Manny Pacquiao of their pay-per-view bout earlier than present process a layoff that featured authorized troubles, alcohol abuse and weight achieve.”I’ve to go dwelling and assess my efficiency however I did not actually heat up that a lot,” Broner mentioned. “Later on within the struggle I warmed up and began to really feel good. I knew the motherf—er was going to be robust as a result of he has that [undefeated record]. I knew he would struggle like a homeless man going for a sandwich. [But] I got here in and I obtained the job achieved.”After the struggle, Broner referred to as out each Showtime and Hall of Fame journalist Steve Farhood, who scored the struggle in favor of Santiago as the published’s unofficial choose. Santiago, nonetheless, had no subject with the choice.”No, this does not shock me. Broner did a pleasant job in there,” Santiago mentioned. “The resolution might have gone each methods. It’s not that I believed I used to be shedding the struggle however the struggle might have gone each methods. He fought nice and it got here all the way down to the choice. “Boxing followers know who I’m now however to win this struggle, I feel I wanted just a little extra stress and the struggle would have gone my method.”Broner appeared to actively give away the center rounds by abandoning his jab and never making Santiago pay for getting inside and flurrying to the physique. But Broner awakened within the second half and visibly damage Santiago with a left hook in Round 8 that just about triggered him to the touch his glove to the canvas in an effort to keep away from taking place. In Round 9, Broner landed a left hook to open a lower beneath the left eye of Santiago though the heavy underdog rallied to outwork Broner within the last spherical. After the struggle, Broner advised that staying lively as a fighter could be the treatment to maintain him out of hassle. “I wish to say to [PBC founder] Al Haymon and [Showtime Sports president] Mr. [Stephen] Espinoza, preserve me within the ring,” Broner mentioned. “If I used to be combating on the common, perhaps buddy [Santiago] would not have lasted. But simply preserve me within the ring and perhaps I will not be combating circumstances and may do what I obtained to do. “It is a special AB. What occurred was I solely had $13 coming into this motherf—ing struggle. We achieved flipped it to about $13 million so a number of issues are going to vary. I’m not going to lie. For the remainder of the weekend we’re going to flip bottles and have intercourse however I’ll be again to the fitness center after this weekend.”The struggle was initially scheduled for 140 kilos however was raised to the welterweight restrict on Thursday after each fighters admitted to having hassle reducing down. Moving ahead, Broner expects to compete as a junior welterweight. “I’m undoubtedly going again to the fitness center and I’m wanting ahead to getting a kind of titles at 140,” Broner mentioned. Fight card, outcomes Adrien Broner def. Jovanie Santiago by way of unanimous resolution (115-112, 116-111, 117-110)Otto Wallin def. Dominic Breazeale by way of unanimous resolution (116-112, 117-111, 118-110)Robert Easter Jr. def. Ryan Martin by way of unanimous resolution (118-110, 118-110, 117-111) Broner vs. Santiago scorecard, dwell protection Broner 10 109 99 910101010 10 9 115Santiago 991010 9 10 99 99 9 10112