Talk, so cheap.
Easy to promise, swear up, down, all around, I’ve changed.
I’ve learned. I’ve smartened up, chilled down..
But the proof, we need to see it, need to see if deeds match words, if promises are kept…or a talented talker is still better at talking the talk than the walking part.
Adrien Broner told us this week he’d changed. Become a better man. Learned from mistakes and was determined not to be a fast-rising, faster-fading punchline, a guy whose memory would elicit head shakes, and talk of wasted potential.
He made weight, for his Saturday night fight versus Khabib Allahkverdiev, so he got some benefit from some doubters. But how would he look in the ring, and on Showtime? Would Khabib make good on his vow to smack the grin off the clown, take it to Broner, make him flash back to the last fight, a loss to Shawn Porter…and the one before, to Marcos Maidana?
Or would a “new” Broner be birthed, one who treated the sport as more than a lark, but instead invested proper energy and respect for the craft? Well, can’t say “new” being that Khabib isn’t on Porter level, but so far it was pretty good for the Cincy boxer. He had Khabib’s face puffed bad, and finished the job in round 12. Looking to close the show with some bang, Broner mixed lefts and rights and uppers and the ref, before the bell, halted the scrap in front of friends and neighbors and Ohioans who’d love to latch on to a Buckeye ring-ace.
He snagged a fourth crown, at a fourth division, becoming the second youngest to do so, after Oscar De La Hoya. And for you fans of his Barnum side, he showed post-fight to Jim Gray the goofball side, making a Bruce Jenner crack, while calling out Ashley Theophane (Wuh?) but then made amends, maybe, admitting that he’d gotten too big for his britches after getting out-sized checks at a young age.
Here is the release Showtime sent out, talking about the win and the scraps they showed:
CINCINNATI, Ohio — (Oct. 3, 2015) – Cincinnati’s Adrien Broner won a world title in his fourth weight division with an impressive 12-round TKO over Khabib Allakhverdiev fighting in front of 5,932 of his hometown fans at the U.S. Bank Arena and live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®\. Broner (now 30-2, 22 KOs) put his fast hands, thudding power and love of showmanship on display in an exciting performance.
Allakhverdiev (now 19-2, 9 KOs) took Broner’s best shots without going down, but with an in-shape Broner, but with upping the punishment in the last round, Referee Harvey Dock decided to mercifully wave the fight over at 2:23.
Broner looked sharp in his return to the super lightweight division. He landed 50 percent of his power punches, with the right uppercut being his most effective tool.
“Honestly, a young guy like me, they just threw me a lot of cash at a young age. It was hard to adjust to the fame, to the lights. After my last fight I said I wasn’t putting my all into it,” said Broner. “It’s definitely all up to me. After that bell, no one can help me. I’m still AB, but this next half of my career I’m going to be about boxing and about business. Nothing has changed. I’m comfortable at whatever weight my opponent is comfortable at. But I’m getting wiser, I’m getting older.”
“No question Broner won the fight. He is the real thing and tonight he showed it,” said Allakhverdiev’s promoter Vlad Hrunov.
In the opening bout of the telecast, IBF Junior Lightweight World Champion Jose Pedraza (21-0, 12 KOs) stayed undefeated and successfully defended his championship via 12-round split decision over Florida’s Edner Cherry (34-7-2, 19 KOs).
Pedraza prevailed in the closely contested and difficult-to-judge battle, by scores of 117-111 Pedraza, 116-112 Cherry and the deciding 117-111 Pedraza.
Cherry landed the harder punches and pressed the attack, while the southpaw Pedraza was very elusive and countered well with quick combinations.
“I won the fight. It was a very tight fight and very hard fight, but I definitely won the fight,” said Pedraza. “I was very calm when they were reading the scores because I knew I won. I’m very happy. We did a great job and started strong, but Edner had his moments. With my team, we used our intelligence to get the victory. I was able to change my style, switch to southpaw and Cherry couldn’t handle the left hand.”
Cherry was gracious in defeat saying, “I just left it in the judges’ hands. If I knocked him out it wouldn’t be up to the judges. It’s them. That’s the judges. That’s what happens when you leave it to the judges. I’m not taking anything away from him. It was a good fight.”
Fighting in the main event of the SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME® portion of the night, Toledo, Ohio lightweight Robert Easter Jr. moved his undefeated record to 16-0, 13 KOs with a three-round demolition of Argentinean veteran Juan Ramon Solis (now 25-10, 9 KOs).
Easter Jr. made it look easy as he dug thudding body shots at Solis and rocked him with hard, accurate shots to the head. Easter threw 177 total punches and landed 68 of them. Solis threw 44 and landed just nine.
By the third round, Solis’ corner had seen enough and requested a stoppage at the :45 second mark.
“You prepare for the worst in the gym, with these kinds of fights you never know, said Easter Jr. “With a performance like this, you know you’re onto the next level. I showed that tonight.”
To open the telecast, 2012 U.S. Olympian and undefeated lightweight Jamel Herring (14-0, 8 KOs) went 10 rounds for the first time in his career while scoring a dominant unanimous decision over durable Ghanaian Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (19-8-2, 19 KOs).
Herring showed his tremendous speed and superior strength while firing rapid-fire combinations to Amidu’s head and body. To his credit, Amidu hung tough for the duration and never stopped trying.
“I knew he was good. I respected what his experience and what he was putting down,” said Herring. “I showed my skill and went the distance with a veteran that had never been down. It’s a blessing to showcase my talent on a world stage. I’ve worked hard to get here and good things come to those who wait.”
The judges’ scores (99-91, 100-90, and 100-90) reflected Herring’s dominance.
In non-televised action, Cincinnati’s own Jamontay Clark moved to 7-0, 4 KOs with a brutal two-round stoppage of Hartford’s Joe Wilson Jr. (now 3-3).
Using an accurate and powerful left hand as his primary weapon, Clark had Wilson down twice in the first and once more to begin the second before the merciful stoppage at :28.