[PHOTOS] ADRIEN BRONER WINS FOURTH WORLD TITLE WITH IMPRESSIVE 12-ROUND STOPPAGE OVER TOUGH RUSSIAN KHABIB ALLAKHVERDIEV

CINCINNATI, Ohio — (Oct. 4, 2015) – Cincinnati’s Adrien Broner won a world title in his fourth weight division with an impressive 12-round TKO over Khabib Allakhverdiev in front of 5,932 hometown fans at the U.S. Bank Arena and live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®. Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) put his fast hands, thudding power and love of showmanship on display in an exciting performance.

LR_ADRIEN BRONER WINNER-FIGHT NIGHT-3538
Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Allakhverdiev (19-2, 9 KOs) took Broner’s best shots without going down, but with an in-shape Broner upping the punishment in the last round, referee Harvey Dock decided to mercifully wave the fight over at 2:23.

LR_BRONER VS ALLAKHVERDIEV-FIGHT NIGHT-2739

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.

LR_BRONER VS ALLAKHVERDIEV-FIGHT NIGHT-3039

“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.”

LR_BRONER VS ALLAKHVERDIEV-FIGHT NIGHT-3213

“No question Broner won the fight. He is the real thing and tonight he showed it,” said Allakhverdiev’s promoter Vlad Hrunov.

LR_BRONER VS ALLAKHVERDIEV-FIGHT NIGHT-3269

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).

LR_BRONER VS ALLAKHVERDIEV-FIGHT NIGHT-3274

Pedraza prevailed in the closely contested and difficult-to-judge battle by the scores of 117-111 twice and 112-116.

LR_BRONER VS ALLAKHVERDIEV-FIGHT NIGHT-3315

Cherry landed the harder punches and pressed the attack, while the southpaw Pedraza was very elusive and countered well with quick combinations.

LR_BRONER VS ALLAKHVERDIEV-FIGHT NIGHT-3418

“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.”

LR_BRONER VS ALLAKHVERDIEV-FIGHT NIGHT-3423

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.”

LR_BRONER VS ALLAKHVERDIEV-FIGHT NIGHT-3485

Fighting in the main event of the SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME®, 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 (25-10, 9 KOs).

LR_EASTER JR VS SOLIS-FIGHT NIGHT-1749

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.

LR_EASTER JR VS SOLIS-FIGHT NIGHT-1763

By the third round, Solis’ corner had seen enough and requested a stoppage at the 0:45 mark.

LR_EASTER JR VS SOLIS-FIGHT NIGHT-1801

“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.”

LR_EASTER JR VS SOLIS-FIGHT NIGHT-1840

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).

LR_HERRING VS AMIDU-FIGHT NIGHT-1088

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.

LR_HERRING VS AMIDU-FIGHT NIGHT-1088

“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.”

LR_HERRING VS AMIDU-FIGHT NIGHT-1123

The judges’ scores (100-90 twice and 99-91) reflected Herring’s dominance.

LR_HERRING VS AMIDU-FIGHT NIGHT-2218

In non-televised action, Cincinnati’s Jamontay Clark moved to 7-0, 4 KOs with a brutal two-round stoppage of Hartford’s Joe Wilson Jr. (3-3).

LR_JAMELL HERRING WINNER-FIGHT NIGHT-2392

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 stoppage at 0:28.

LR_JOSE PEDRAZA WINNER-FIGHT NIGHT-3615

LR_PEDRAZA VS CHERRY-FIGHT NIGHT-1987

LR_PEDRAZA VS CHERRY-FIGHT NIGHT-2015

LR_PEDRAZA VS CHERRY-FIGHT NIGHT-2263

LR_PEDRAZA VS CHERRY-FIGHT NIGHT-2026

LR_ROBERT EASTER JR WINNER-FIGHT NIGHT-1856

LR_PEDRAZA VS CHERRY-FIGHT NIGHT-3411

LR_PEDRAZA VS CHERRY-FIGHT NIGHT-3347

LR_PEDRAZA VS CHERRY-FIGHT NIGHT-2600

LR_PEDRAZA VS CHERRY-FIGHT NIGHT-2317