3 More Rounds

Broner dominates and stops Allakhverdiev

Photo: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Photo: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Adrien Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) tallied up a much needed win on Saturday night, as he scored a 12th-round stoppage over Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-2, 9 KOs) in front of his home crowd at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

Broner seemed content early on to counter Allakhverdiev, who tried being aggressive, but had issues finding the elusive former champ.  Though Allakhverdiev showed the ability to handle Broner’s punches, he began taking a bit of punishment as the fight wore on and Broner got a little busier.

During the final round, Broner drilled Allakhverdiev with some quick right hands that referee Harvey Deck felt were doing enough damage to finally call off the fight at 2:23.

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“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,” said Broner after the win. “After my last fight I said I wasn’t putting my all into it. 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.”

In the opening bout, junior lightweight titlist Jose Pedraza (21-0, 12 KOs) remained unbeaten and successfully defended his title with a tough, split-decision win over Edner Cherry (34-7-2, 19 KOs).

Pedraza earned scores of 117-111 twice and 112-116.

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