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.