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Boxing results: Adrien Broner defeats Bill Hutchinson in comeback

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By Craig Daly: Adrien Broner (35-4-1, 24 KOs) put in a workmanlike performance in grinding out a dull ten round unanimous over Bill Hutchinson (20-3-4, 9 KOs) on Friday night in a contest in the 147-lb weight class at the Miami Casino in Miami, Florida.

The judges’ scores were as follows: 100-90, 99-91, and 99-91. What was surprising is that Broner failed to drop the overmatched Hutchinson.

The main reason is that Broner wasn’t attacking the 34-year-old Hutchinson with a sustained flurry because he didn’t have the conditioning to throw more than a few shots without needing a rest break.

The 33-year-old Broner hit Hutchinson at will with shots to the head and body and blocking the return shots. Despite being over-matched, Hutchinson showed a lot of heart and a willingness to mix it up.

In the later rounds, Hutchinson had swelling of his eyes and looked pretty beaten up, but his corner left him out there to finish the contest. Also, Broner’s looked conditioning looked bad. He was carrying fat and had lost muscle from years of inactivity.

Broner appeared to coast in the championship rounds, letting Hutchinson survive. It looked like Broner wanted to use Hutchinson as a glorified sparring partner to get rounds in to get the rust out. It was a good thing for Broner to do because it wouldn’t have helped him by knocking Hutchinson out quickly.

Broner hadn’t fought since 2021 and didn’t look good in that fight against Jovanie Santiago. Tonight, he looked far worse, and that’s saying a lot.

It’s unclear where Broner goes from here. His promoter Don King wanted to see a knockout performance from him that would excite the boxing public, but this wasn’t it.

It would be a terrible idea for Broner to fight anyone in the top 15 at welterweight because he would lose to everybody. AB says he wants to fight at 140, but as we saw with this fight, he couldn’t take off enough weight to get down to 140.

If Broner wants to fight at 140 in his next contest, he will need to jump right back into camp because if he rewards himself with food, he will quickly return to the pot-bellied guy he was when he started training camp for this fight.

In the co-feature, light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (23-1, 18 KOs) defeated journeyman Rodolfo Gomez (14-7-3, 10 KOs) by a narrow 10 round unanimous decision. The scoreless were 95-94, 95-94, and 95-94.

It’s unclear why promoter Don King made the Elbiali vs. Gomez fight the co-feature because it arguably belonged below Guillermo Rigondeaux’s match.

In the seventh round, Bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux (22-3, 15 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Charlie Clemente (12-1, 5 KOs).

The former two-division world champion Rigondeaux nailed Clementee with a hard body shot in the seventh round to get the knockout. The time of the stoppage was at 2:47 of round seven.

Rigondeaux, 42, didn’t look as sharp as he’s been a couple of years ago, but his opponent wasn’t good enough to make him shift out of first gear.

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