SAN DIEGO, October 3, 2015 – Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KOs) buckled down and took down Russian Khabib “The Hawk” Allakhverdiev (19-2-0, 9 KOs) to win the vacant WBA junior welterweight title vacated by Jessie Vargas.
Broner scored a stoppage in the final round, but the outcome was a foregone conclusion. Alllakhverdiev’s beaten face reflected the beating he took from Broner. It seemed that the Russian was ill equipped to deal with Broner. He left himself far too open, and Broner didn’t waste the opportunity. Broner had little respect for Allakhverdiev’s power, and walked right through it.
With a significant cut under Allakhverdiev’s left eye, his trainer John Jackson told him after the eighth round he needed to show something or he’d have the fight stopped. The Russian rallied for a fairly good ninth round. But it was all he had, and it was too little too late. In retrospect, Jackson should have stopped the fight there and then. Instead, it took four more rounds of punishment before referee Harvey Dock did the deed.
The hard work paid off for Broner, but the problems of The Problem aren’t quite solved yet. He was supposed to win this fight, and now he needs to put on a similar performance against an elite opponent. For a makeable fight in the current promotion universe, it could mean someone like Lamont Peterson, or the flashy young phenom Amir Imam.
Intstead, Broner called out Floyd Mayweather to put up his Mayweather Promotions super lightweight Ashley Theophane. Theophane is ranked 45th with a record of 39-6-1 and a whopping 11 knockouts.
No one is going to take Broner seriously when this is the kind of statement coming out of his mouth. Maybe he needs to return to his vow of silence. In a quote attributed most often to Abraham Lincoln, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
On the undercard, IBF junior lightweight champion Jose Pedraza (21-0-0, 12 KOs) of Puerto Rico remained undefeated with a split decision over veteran Edner Cherry (34-7-2, 19 KOs) Two judges had it 117-111 for Pedraza; the third saw it 116-112 for Cherry. Pedraza holds onto his IBF lightweight title.
Pedraza was too crafty for the challenger Cherry early in the fight. But when Cherry turned aggressive and figured out a few things, the bout started to get a lot more interesting, and Cherry seemed to be closing on the scorecards, perhaps enough to win. While a close victory wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow, the majority scorecards sure did. It was Cherry’s first loss since his defeat seven years ago by Timothy Bradley Jr.
2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (14-0-0, 9 KOs) had little trouble with Yakubu Amidu of Ghana (21-8-2, 19 KOs, scoring a blowout unanimous decision. He won every round on two scorecards, and nine of ten on the third. It didn’t make for the most exciting fight, but putting solid time in the ring won’t hurt Herring. The only flash in the fight was Herring’s ring walk outfit, a tribute to his service in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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