In a classic mismatch of epic proportions, Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KOs) won a world title the easy way in beating the sacrificial lamb Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-2, 9 KOs) by a dull 12th round knockout to win the vacant WBA World light welterweight title last Saturday night in Broner’s hometown at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Broner pounded away at a bloody Allakhverdiev for 11 rounds until the referee Harvey Dock had mercy on him and halted the fight at 2:23 of the 12th. A lot of fans think the referee just stopped the fight in order to help Broner’s resume look better by giving him another knockout, but I think it was more of a case of the referee seeing that the fight was too one-sided for him to let it continue.
But if that was the case, the referee should have stopped the fight much earlier because it was really never a competitive fight even in the early going. Allakhverdiev didn’t have the punching power, hand speed, defense or the talent to compete with Broner. It was just a one-sided mismatch, and boring because it wasn’t enough of a contest to make it interesting.
“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.”
Broner fought using his mentor Floyd Mayweather Jr’s shoulder roll defense, but it wasn’t nearly as effective for him as it normally is for Mayweather. Broner pot shotted Allakhverdiev with single shots to the head. Broner was able to catch Allakhverdiev with a lot of uppercuts that frequently snapped the Russian fighters head. It was easy for Broner to land these shots because Allakhverdiev was frequently leaning forward when he was punching, which left him wide open for uppercuts.
“No question Broner won the fight. He is the real thing and tonight he showed it,” said Allakhverdiev’s promoter Vlad Hrunov.
I don’t know if Broner is the real thing or not at 140. I think he’s a good fighter, but we don’t know how he would do against the likes of Terence Crawford, Lamont Peterson, Lucas Matthysse, Amir Iman or Viktor Postol. If we never find out then Broner will do alright with his career as long as he stays at 140. He definitely can’t fight at 147, because there are too many fighters in that weight class that have his number.