QUOTE (bnoles4life @ Jun 24 2013, 07:26 AM)
He did counter Paulie on occasion...just not consistently. I dunno, you'd think with all these knowledgeable fans, we'd know, you don't judge a guy, jumping up two weight classes and fighting a skilled veteran, off his first fight in said new weight class...win or lose.
Riddle me this Batman, had he blown out Paulie, do you think that would've silenced the naysayers? I mean, do you really think NO ONE on this board would have thrown out the "wait 'til he fights someone w/ power" line? I mean, it's already been thrown out. IMO, Broner underestimated Paulie, than he has overestimated his abilities. I mean, w/ all that "couples therapy" pitty pat and hugging Paulie did, he landed 25% of his total punches and still was outlanded in total punches (despite throwing FOUR times as many jabs as AB..467 to 120). Defensively, I thought AB pretty much neutralized everything Paulie wanted to do. Now, I'll contend, he's got some work to do, but hey, who doesn't?
so you thought broner won 9-3? adrian gave away the first 3-4 rounds in my book. he didn't find that counter right hand consistantly until mid fight and it was there for him since the beginning. over the next 8....you didn't give paulie a single round?
ok...let's look at the scoring criteria...
with that in mind...there were several missed punches by both guys. paulie was landing shots when he threw to broners body in combination (pitty pat or not) and those combinations did keep broner from coming forward in spots. is that not ring generalship? was broners inching forward through out effective aggression? he did land the occasional big shot on paulie...but paulie was also rolling with more than a few of those big punches. a lot of that is subjective. punch stats are b.s. and they don't tell the story of each round which is how fights are judged.
of course you judge a guy jumping up two weight classes off of his first fight. accomplishing a feat that has only been done by a small hand full of boxers in history is an amazing thing. does his measure up to the others? no. but at the end of the day...a win is a win. all the other guys who did it didn't stay on top long after accomplishing it. imo, broner would be better suited at a lower weight. i don't know that it's going to get any better for him at this weight with all of the competition out there. he is not the complete package and it's clear he isn't the type to rise to the occasion. i think he is pretty much all that he is going to be at this point. they really need to match him carefully to keep the party going. i think there are a few guys out there who have the tools and see that he is very beatable.
what i see in broner is a guy who is getting high praise for being like floyd without having accomplished a fraction of what floyd has accomplished. you see it all the time in all walks of life. ppl are always looking for the next so and so...in hopes of prolonging the enjoyment/entertainment they get from that particular star. i see flashes of brilliance from him....minus the consistency of floyd. floyd's character/persona has never been something i was fond of so it pretty much goes without saying that broners lack of character/persona sinks to even lower levels. without the accomplishments of floyd, who is truly brilliant, i can't see broner being the star everyone is hoping for. the copy is never as good as the original.