BRONER GOES FOR FOURTH WORLD TITLE WHEN HE FACES FORMER CHAMPION KHABIB ALLAKHVERDIEV

ADRIEN BRONER GOES FOR FOURTH WORLD TITLE WHEN HE FACES FORMER CHAMPION KHABIB ALLAKHVERDIEV ON SATURDAY, OCT. 3, LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

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Jose Pedraza Defends IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship

Against Edner Cherry in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature

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CINCINNATI (Aug. 28, 2015) – Former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-2, 22 KOs)returns to his hometown looking for a fourth world title as he faces fellow former world champion Khabib “The Hawk” Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) for the WBA Super Lightweight world title on Saturday, October 3 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, undefeated IBF Junior Lightweight World Champion Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (20-0, 12 KOs) will defend his belt against veteran former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (34-6-2, 19 KOs).

“I’m excited to be back in Cincinnati taking on a tough world class fighter who is going to bring it,” said Broner. “This fight means the world to me. It’s a huge deal to have the chance to be a four-division world champion at 26 years old.”

“Broner is a good boxer, he is a fast and talented guy, but as a man I don’t have anything good to say about him,” said Allakhverdiev. “I am looking forward to a world championship winning performance and I know that if he tries to do something to get in my head, to approach me or to push me that I will be as restrained as possible and save my anger for fight night.”

“I’m very excited to be back on SHOWTIME defending my title,” said Pedraza. “This is another step in the direction of becoming a superstar in the sport of boxing. I will be victorious and make my island proud.”

“I’m in a tough fight on October 3 but I’m very excited for this opportunity,” said Cherry. “This is nothing new for me. I’m not taking Pedraza lightly. He’s a champion for a reason. This is something that comes once in a lifetime and I’m going all-in to win this title.”

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The 12-round fight will be Broner’s first since he dropped a unanimous decision to former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter in June 20. Broner is 8-1 in title fights and has collected belts at 130, 135 and 147 pounds, but has never won a title at 140 pounds. Dropping down in weight, Broner is looking to add a fourth world title to his resume in his return to Cincinnati, where he defeated Emmanuel Taylor last September in front of his hometown fans in a 2014 Fight of the Year candidate.

Allakhverdiev’s (pronounced ah-lockh-ver-DEE-ev) only blemish came via controversial 12-round split decision in a title defense to then-undefeated Jessie Vargas in April 2014. Allakhverdiev, of Moscow, Russia, initially won the WBA 140-pound crown with an eight-round technical decision over previously unbeaten three-division world champion Joan Guzmán in November 2012. In his lone defense, the southpaw scored two knockdowns in a one-sided 11th-round TKO over former world champion Souleymane M’Baye in July 2013. This is Allakhverdiev’s first start since the questionable loss to Vargas.

Pedraza, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, won the vacant IBF 130-pound title with a dominating unanimous decision over Andrey Klimov on June 13 on SHOWTIME in Birmingham, Ala. The switch-hitting former Puerto Rican Olympian backed up his “The Sniper” moniker against Klimov as he picked apart the Russian with superior speed and accuracy. Pedraza earned a shot at the title in his previous bout with a career-best win over former world title challenger Michael Farenas last November.

Cherry, of Wauchula, Fla., is a former world title challenger who is 10-0 with 1 NC since 2009. His only blemishes since 2007 are losses to Timothy Bradley and Paulie Malignaggi at 140-pounds. Since the loss to Bradley in a bout for the WBC Super Lightweight World Championship in 2008, Cherry has gone undefeated as he made his way down to 135 and 130 pounds. Cherry, who was born in the Bahamas, owns victories over Vicente Escobedo, Monte Meza Clay and Wes Ferguson.

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

Broner lost his last fight by a wide margin and yet here he is fighting for a championship (against a rusty guy who lost his last bout also). Why isn't the WBA letting its number one ranked boxer fight for the belt? Jose Benavidez Just award Broner some replica belt already so tsAH is happy and maybe Broner can flush it down the toilet to appeal to his fans.


-Radam G :

Allakhverdiev's boxing pseudonym maybe "The Hawk," but his has no "Hawk Time" in the way of the greatest light welterweight of all time Cincinnati's own (Rev.) Aaron Pryor. Broner is going to make Allakhverdiev a real easy goner. TsAH has given Broner an easy scrap. Nuff said! Holla!


-michigan400 :

All mouth an hype. The fact that he is going for his 4th title is proof positive that belts don't mean diddley SQUAT anymore! His relationship with Floyd will only get him so far then he will be dropped like a 100 dollar bill at a strip club!


-stormcentre :

Man, not sure whether this is really a good move for Broner. It reeks of ""I can't compete at the top level and/or back up what I say, but will say/do absolutely anything to pretend that I can"". Which, whilst not always an entirely unpopular philosophy, often comes back to bite you on the bumble; no matter how much you run and kid yourself. :) :)


-deepwater2 :

I just mentioned that #1 ranked Benavidez is being skipped over and now Top Rank is making some noise about it. ?Section C, Rule 28 provides that the WBA?s championship committee may elect to elevate the interim champion or will generally order the two highest ranked available boxers to compete for the championship. ?Mr. Benavidez is the highest ranked [junior welterweight] boxer, and he rightfully should be competing for the vacant (regular) championship. ?For reasons we do not know, and none have been offered, the WBA circumvented Mr. Benavidez and ordered the #2-ranked contender (Broner) to compete against the #5-ranked contender (Allakhverdiev) for the championship. There is no legitimate reason for the WBA to depart from its protocol to the detriment of Mr. Benavidez. ?In case there was any confusion, Mr. Benavidez is ready, willing and able to compete against any opponent for the vacant championship, and we request the WBA order as much.? The PBC outfit is doing some under the table shenanigans. Why put loser Broner in with the number one guy when you can put him in with a rusty guy instead?Tsk Tsk.


-Radam G :

I just mentioned that #1 ranked Benavidez is being skipped over and now Top Rank is making some noise about it. “Section C, Rule 28 provides that the WBA’s championship committee may elect to elevate the interim champion or will generally order the two highest ranked available boxers to compete for the championship. “Mr. Benavidez is the highest ranked [junior welterweight] boxer, and he rightfully should be competing for the vacant (regular) championship. “For reasons we do not know, and none have been offered, the WBA circumvented Mr. Benavidez and ordered the #2-ranked contender (Broner) to compete against the #5-ranked contender (Allakhverdiev) for the championship. There is no legitimate reason for the WBA to depart from its protocol to the detriment of Mr. Benavidez. “In case there was any confusion, Mr. Benavidez is ready, willing and able to compete against any opponent for the vacant championship, and we request the WBA order as much.” The PBC outfit is doing some under the table shenanigans. Why put loser Broner in with the number one guy when you can put him in with a rusty guy instead?Tsk Tsk.
The corrupted WBA will have tsAH to paid Top Rank and Benavidez a hefty pride to step aside. Benavidez will catch a summer cold and won't be available. Holla!


-stormcentre :

I just mentioned that #1 ranked Benavidez is being skipped over and now Top Rank is making some noise about it. “Section C, Rule 28 provides that the WBA’s championship committee may elect to elevate the interim champion or will generally order the two highest ranked available boxers to compete for the championship. “Mr. Benavidez is the highest ranked [junior welterweight] boxer, and he rightfully should be competing for the vacant (regular) championship. “For reasons we do not know, and none have been offered, the WBA circumvented Mr. Benavidez and ordered the #2-ranked contender (Broner) to compete against the #5-ranked contender (Allakhverdiev) for the championship. There is no legitimate reason for the WBA to depart from its protocol to the detriment of Mr. Benavidez. “In case there was any confusion, Mr. Benavidez is ready, willing and able to compete against any opponent for the vacant championship, and we request the WBA order as much.” The PBC outfit is doing some under the table shenanigans. Why put loser Broner in with the number one guy when you can put him in with a rusty guy instead?Tsk Tsk.
Yeh you may be right there D2. I wish I could mentally recall and/or find the clause I refer to, to quote and/or cut/paste it here to back myself up. But years ago I remember being told by an attorney that was looking at a fight contract that there was a clause that effectively enabled the WBO (may have been the WBC) to make almost any (overriding) decision (usually with respect to matchmaking, and of course dollars) that they saw fit. I distinctly remember it, as after reading it I asked him why would you have that clause there when it seems all the others cover the ranking system quite well, and his response was ""so, amongst other liberties they wish to take, they're able to appoint whom they want where they want in the ranking systems"". I then noticed almost all other sanctions have a similar clause, and perhaps the WBA is no different. In fact considering they way they rape the word champion, they may even be the worst offender. So, the PBC outfit may not (officially) be doing some under the table shenanigans; but that doesn't mean they're not shenanigans. I would venture to say that most things to do with promoting Broner as a top level (class?) fighter would not be too far away from shenanigans. I just hope that after Broner wins we don't see/hear him parade around like he's just toppled Sergey Kovalev. Not holding my breath on that one though. :) :)


-brownsugar :

The alphabet sanctioning bodies could part the Red Sea long enough for Broner to plant and harvest an Acre of corn on the ocean floor if they wanted to. We saw Sergio Martinez get stripped of his title and have to watch the powers that be, bestowe it upon the underdeserving shoulders of Julio Chavez Jr in just one of many questionable practices that seem to be routine in a sport where popular appeal matters more than ability. And Yes Broner is still somehow clinging to just enough popular status. Like him or not it behooves the W-B- whatever to milk Broners' appeal while he still holds it within his posession as periously as last fridays paycheck. Broner cannot lose this fight or its off to the salt mines. Broner has publically pledged( in an effort to acknowledge his situation) to implement a vow of silence during the preparations for this fight due to his very career being at stake. Its like all the bills are due and the first of the month is here but nobody is taking any shorts or late payments. But with his oponent not being inactive since 2012.... Not even Broner should be able to mess this up.


-King Beef :

The alphabet sanctioning bodies could part the Red Sea long enough for Broner to plant and harvest an Acre of corn on the ocean floor if they wanted to. We saw Sergio Martinez get stripped of his title and have to watch the powers that be, bestowe it upon the underdeserving shoulders of Julio Chavez Jr in just one of many questionable practices that seem to be routine in a sport where popular appeal matters more than ability. And Yes Broner is still somehow clinging to just enough popular status. Like him or not it behooves the W-B- whatever to milk Broners' appeal while he still holds it within his posession as periously as last fridays paycheck. Broner cannot lose this fight or its off to the salt mines. Broner has publically pledged( in an effort to acknowledge his situation) to implement a vow of silence during the preparations for this fight due to his very career being at stake. Its like all the bills are due and the first of the month is here but nobody is taking any shorts or late payments. But with his oponent not being inactive since 2012.... Not even Broner should be able to mess this up.
I think your right B-Sug, its do or die for AB, and he shouldn't be able to mess this up. I personally think its part of the problem with Broner. It seems like they coddled this kid so much you will never see his full potential with these easy match-ups....OR maybe the PBC/Haymon already know this is the best we are gonna see; anything more challenging than a C level fighter is too much. (although I gotta think the kid has more to offer)


-brownsugar :

I think your right B-Sug, its do or die for AB, and he shouldn't be able to mess this up. I personally think its part of the problem with Broner. It seems like they coddled this kid so much you will never see his full potential with these easy match-ups....OR maybe the PBC/Haymon already know this is the best we are gonna see; anything more challenging than a C level fighter is too much. (although I gotta think the kid has more to offer)
Agreed, Broner staying out the news and keeping his lip buttoned up for 3 months? He might as well take a page from Marvelous Marvin and lock himself up in "prison" as Marvin called it for three months while he trains.... No wine, no women and no song unless he's practicing the blues for his opponents immediate family to describe his medical condition. I'm sure Floyd will strip him of all royal access to the big boi mansion and restrict AB from speaking Floyd's name publically if he loses this one.


-brownsugar :

Every fighter can expect defeat,....if he fails to conquer his own demons. Broner has no one to blame but himself.


-brownsugar :

But Wait!!!!! If you really look at the whole picture, without bias, Broner has had almost 300 amateur fights, Barely scraped past Ponce de Leon in a tough bout, Struggled through Emmanuel Thurman, He had a close shave against Malignaggi Then there was that come-to-Jesus meeting with Marco Medina, He went on to survive hard punching John Molina, And had his arse handed to him by Shawn Porter, Broner has had access to the best facilities in the country and received excellent work from guys like Erroll Spence and the members of the Dog Pound. So while i can acknowlege Broner has had some soft opposition early in his career at junior lightweight, and Lightweight. The guys listed above were very respectable opponents at the time they fought Broner. If Broner can't learn from his mistakes after competing against the half dozen fighters listed above. All of whom were solid at the time Broner fought them, 6 fighters with good talent......... if anything Broner has gotten worse. then this becomes a personal issue with Broner's ability to learn, improve,..... And nothing to do with an Al Haymon problem at all. Unless you're the type who blames Haymon for everytime the sun shines. Broner has a pattern of not correcting his mistakes and underachieving when he should be getting out his comfort zone.. . He hasnt displayed an extra gear like so many other champs have done in times of necessity. Whether he can is a personal question for Broner. And Broner alone. If AL Haymon was the problem the resolution would be way too easy. Personally I have absolutely nothing invested in Broner...I am just dissappointed he couldn't be more like his big-bro Mayweather. And find a way to win.


-Radam G :

I think your right B-Sug, its do or die for AB, and he shouldn't be able to mess this up. I personally think its part of the problem with Broner. It seems like they coddled this kid so much you will never see his full potential with these easy match-ups....OR maybe the PBC/Haymon already know this is the best we are gonna see; anything more challenging than a C level fighter is too much. (although I gotta think the kid has more to offer)
I doubt that it is do or die for Broner. It will be do for him as long as he is in the hole with predatorical loans from tsAH. He is going to match Broner until Broner is bones. Holla!


-amayseng :

Broner really has something like 4 losses. Ponce clearly beat him Broner has plateaued it is all down hill from here. TSAH knows that Broner can still be flashy and entertaining against low level guys and better no one can stand this pos and will watch him get beat up on against higher competition. Win win for tsah.


-deepwater2 :

Broner has been spoon fed. He has been gifted with the easiest matches while getting paid top dollar. He can't overcome adversity because he has been given money and a comfortable life without earning it. Lets say you are a car salesman.Since your not a very good salesman you might want to start off at the used car lot. But since you know some people they get you to work at a Ferrari dealership. Ok,that's life,its who you know not what you know. You can't close any deals but your messing around in the back,stuffing your face and making dirty jokes. So the boss knows about this but gives you a raise and employee of the month status. The boss even gives you some sweet deals to close on a platter but you offend the customer and lose the deal. Instead of firing you,the boss rewards you with more pay and another sweet deal and yet again you blow it. The dealership is losing money and getting a bad reputation. And it goes on and on. Broner just lost his last fight and was manhandled yet again and in his next fight he gets to fight for the belt against a guy who has been out of the ring for almost two years coming off of a loss. Why isn't tsAH throwing him with Garcia ? Why does this employee keep getting easy work?


-Radam G :

Broner has been spoon fed. He has been gifted with the easiest matches while getting paid top dollar. He can't overcome adversity because he has been given money and a comfortable life without earning it. Lets say you are a car salesman.Since your not a very good salesman you might want to start off at the used car lot. But since you know some people they get you to work at a Ferrari dealership. Ok,that's life,its who you know not what you know. You can't close any deals but your messing around in the back,stuffing your face and making dirty jokes. So the boss knows about this but gives you a raise and employee of the month status. The boss even gives you some sweet deals to close on a platter but you offend the customer and lose the deal. Instead of firing you,the boss rewards you with more pay and another sweet deal and yet again you blow it. The dealership is losing money and getting a bad reputation. And it goes on and on. Broner just lost his last fight and was manhandled yet again and in his next fight he gets to fight for the belt against a guy who has been out of the ring for almost two years coming off of a loss. Why isn't tsAH throwing him with Garcia ? Why does this employee keep getting easy work?
You apparent don't know and don't care how tsAH roll. I'm with you on that. And I ain't starting nuffin' 'bout tsAH that is not on the down low. But in his world -- which Broner is in -- "it is not who you know, but who you blow." Holla!


-King Beef :

" So while i can acknowlege Broner has had some soft opposition early in his career at junior lightweight, and Lightweight. The guys listed above were very respectable opponents at the time they fought Broner. If Broner can't learn from his mistakes after competing against the half dozen fighters listed above. All of whom were solid at the time Broner fought them, 6 fighters with good talent......... if anything Broner has gotten worse. then this becomes a personal issue with Broner's ability to learn, improve,..... And nothing to do with an Al Haymon problem at all. Unless you're the type who blames Haymon for everytime the sun shines." You bring up good points B-Sug, I might be guilty of setting the bar too high for Broner to reach..... he should be better by now,(if he has it in him) I think until he starts feeling it in his pockets or less than marquee exposure, will we see AB really take his thing serious.


-stormcentre :

Broner's (main and seemingly insurmountable) problem has to do with his mouth and mind. He engages the former for tasks that usually only require the latter, or in the case of both, the latter first and then judicial use of the former. It's almost like his mouth is constantly writing cheques (checks for you USA cats) that his azz/mind (sadly, they're the same thing at times) can't cash. It's not an entirely uncommon pastime in boxing. But the higher you're up the ratings ladder the harder it usually gets to pass the bluff off as reliable gospel. I agree PBC have to some extent changed that dynamic. But (pound for pound or on the amount of fighters signed basis; take Top Rank's history for example) the problem with Broner is not really one that PBC deserve a significant amount of heat for; although sometimes it seems as if it's getting harder to defend them - but (as an adjunct) I still think Arum's writ is largely frivolous, hypocritical, and vindictive. You see with Broner, even after; A) He has fallen from that impossible to justify position on the metaphorical rating ladder. B) After the fact, when it's obvious more work is needed in the gym on skills and stamina. He still fails (successively) to use the latter (his mind) even when it's obvious it should have been employed initially; long ago. Unfortunately this is not a good sign to see in any fighter. Particularly one that you may have had world championship ideals in. Let alone one you (thought you) saw a longstanding world championship reign in, and then invested on that perception. Personally, I see a bit of pre-Tszyu V Judah, Zab Judah in Broner. However, Broner is - in my opinion - not even as talented, versatile, and dynamic as Judah was. Don't usually like to say this about a fighter, but I think Broner's career is over. He got addicted to being (what I call) a lazy winner, to the extent it made him a loudmouth loser. PBC had very little to do with that. Broner needs to go to another gym where no-one gives a truck about who he is and what he says - where they will not put up with his crap, insist he leave the gold chains at the door, tell him to shut up, and just work him hard and sort him out. Perhaps the Summit gym. But then if he did that we may see what's really in him, and (with the decreased jawing activity) he may very well also develop withdrawals to promoting himself and talking shite. All up, when you think about some of the welterweight fighters out there at the moment, it becomes easier to see why Shane Mosely made a comeback. Shane would probably destroy Broner. Shane would probably (if not win, then still) see the final bell of round 12 against Garcia too, and several others. :) :)


-deepwater2 :

Broner's (main and seemingly insurmountable) problem has to do with his mouth and mind. He engages the former for tasks that usually only require the latter, or in the case of both, the latter first and then judicial use of the former. It's almost like his mouth is constantly writing cheques (checks for you USA cats) that his azz/mind (sadly, they're the same thing at times) can't cash. It's not an entirely uncommon pastime in boxing. But the higher you're up the ratings ladder the harder it usually gets to pass the bluff off as reliable gospel. I agree PBC have to some extent changed that dynamic. But (pound for pound or on the amount of fighters signed basis; take Top Rank's history for example) the problem with Broner is not really one that PBC deserve a significant amount of heat for; although sometimes it seems as if it's getting harder to defend them - but (as an adjunct) I still think Arum's writ is largely frivolous, hypocritical, and vindictive. You see with Broner, even after; A) He has fallen from that impossible to justify position on the metaphorical rating ladder. B) After the fact, when it's obvious more work is needed in the gym on skills and stamina. He still fails (successively) to use the latter (his mind) even when it's obvious it should have been employed initially; long ago. Unfortunately this is not a good sign to see in any fighter. Particularly one that you may have had world championship ideals in. Let alone one you (thought you) saw a longstanding world championship reign in, and then invested on that perception. Personally, I see a bit of pre-Tszyu V Judah, Zab Judah in Broner. However, Broner is - in my opinion - not even as talented, versatile, and dynamic as Judah was. Don't usually like to say this about a fighter, but I think Broner's career is over. He got addicted to being (what I call) a lazy winner, to the extent it made him a loudmouth loser. PBC had very little to do with that. Broner needs to go to another gym where no-one gives a truck about who he is and what he says - where they will not put up with his crap, insist he leave the gold chains at the door, tell him to shut up, and just work him hard and sort him out. Perhaps the Summit gym. But then if he did that we may see what's really in him, and (with the decreased jawing activity) he may very well also develop withdrawals to promoting himself and talking shite. All up, when you think about some of the welterweight fighters out there at the moment, it becomes easier to see why Shane Mosely made a comeback. Shane would probably destroy Broner. Shane would probably (if not win, then still) see the final bell of round 12 against Garcia too, and several others. :) :)
An old Judah,fresh on his comeback,would beat Broner right now I would reckon. Imagine what Tszyu would have done to Broner? Wow. Broner would be lined up for that right hand and check hook all night.


-brownsugar :

I think your right B-Sug, its do or die for AB, and he shouldn't be able to mess this up. I personally think its part of the problem with Broner. It seems like they coddled this kid so much you will never see his full potential with these easy match-ups....OR maybe the PBC/Haymon already know this is the best we are gonna see; anything more challenging than a C level fighter is too much. (although I gotta think the kid has more to offer)
You could be right about seeing Broners' best King Beef, if Broner loses another he will go from being About Billions to being "About the B-side".


-stormcentre :

An old Judah,fresh on his comeback,would beat Broner right now I would reckon. Imagine what Tszyu would have done to Broner? Wow. Broner would be lined up for that right hand and check hook all night.
Yep, Zab would probably give him some hard rounds anyway. I imagine Judah's speed and evasiveness would be a "problem" for the Problem. Kostya would have particularly liked dropping bombs in on Broner and that mouth. I want to say that Broner would probably never fight again after meeting (a prime) Tszyu, but then he still did after Maidana. Still, I think Kostya might line up that right hand (and jawline) just a little bit better than Marcos does. I think Broner needs to stay away from most of the top welterweights right now; imagine what Thurman, Brook, Floyd, Pac, Garcia, Khan, Bradley, and even Rios would do to him.


-stormcentre :

Actually, even imagine what both Provodnikov and Porter would do to Broner. Both would place him under so much pressure and just disrespect and bash him. Personally - especially with the fragility and lack of confidence Broner is showing - I think both fights end up as KO losses for Adrien.