It's a doubleheader tonight on Showtime, with a pair of preliminary bouts also set to air beforehand on Showtime Extreme, as Adrien "The Problem" Broner returns home to Cincinnati to face Khabib Allakhverdiev for the vacant WBA junior welterweight title in the main event.
Showtime Extreme fights begin at 8 pm EST, with the main card continuing on Showtime at 10.
Broner (30-2, 22 KO) is coming off of a June loss to Shawn Porter, while Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KO) has not fought since an April 2014 loss to Jessie Vargas. In the co-feature, Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (20-0, 12 KO) will make the first defense of his IBF super featherweight title against veteran Edner Cherry (34-6-2, 19 KO).
On Showtime Extreme, a pair of Ohio prospects are in action, both familiar to Broner undercards, in a pair of 10-round lightweight fights. Prospect Robert Easter (15-0, 12 KO) will face Juan Ramon Solis (25-9, 9 KO) in a 10-round bout, and 2012 Olympian Jamel Herring (13-0, 8 KO) will take on Yakubu Amidu (21-7-2, 19 KO).
We'll have live coverage of all the fights, with Scott on the prelim bouts and Wil Esco jumping in for the main card fights. Join us!
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Adrien Broner def. Khabib Allakhverdiev by TKO (2:23 of round 12)
Jose Pedraza def. Edner Cherry by split decision (112-116, 117-111, 117-111)
Robert Easter Jr def. Juan Solis by TKO (0:45 of round 3)
Jamel Herring def. Yakubu Amidu by unanimous decision (99-91, 100-90, 100-90)
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ROUND BY ROUND
ADRIEN BRONER vs KHABIB ALLAKHVERDIEV
Broner dominates the ring entrance, coming in with the Migos, 10-8 Broner. He's a showman if nothing else.
Round 1: Broner looking for the counter left hook off the bat. Both men doing a lot of feinting. Broner lands a jab. Neither man throwing much, waiting for the other to lead. Allakhverdiev throws two punches to the body. Broner lands a lead right. Broner misses the next right hand lead. Allakhverdiev coming forward, Broner counters. Hook lands by Broner which wins the round for me. Broner 10-9
Round 2: Allakhverdiev throws a straight left to the body, and coming forward. Broner covering up along the ropes, but not much punching. Good uppercut by Broner. He's hasn't upped his output but lands crisp shots. Broner lands another right. Allakhverdiev tying to press but is getting countered in spots. Broner happy to pot shot. Another right by Broner to end the round. Broner 10-9
Round 3: Allakhverdiev lands a solid right. Broner comes back and uses his check hook effectively. Allakhverdiev starting to press more and go to the body. Allakhverdiev backs Broner to the ropes. Another solid right from Broner, Allakhverdiev wants to come right back after him. Broner landing the lead right effectively. Broner is fighting at his pace and is starting to find his groove. Allakhverdiev ends by going to the body but Broner looks to be in better control with cleaner punching. Broner 10-9
Round 4: Broner trying to pop the jab, lands another right hand. Allakhverdiev looks like he's trying to figure out how he wants to attack. Allakhverdiev hits Broner's lead shoulder several times. Clean counter right by Broner, the misses a big uppercut. Slow pace fight, lots of feinting. Check hook by Broner. Allakhverdiev pressing Broner to the ropes but getting caught by right hands for his trouble. Allakhverdiev tries a combination in the corner, not much lands. More right hands land from Broner. Broner 10-9
Round 5: Allakhverdiev needs to start doing something to take Broner out of his comfort zone. Action heats up along the ropes. Broner throws a right hand to the body, then the head. Allakhverdiev tries to throw a bunch of punches along the ropes, not much power on anything. Broner warned for elbowing. Broner warned AGAIN for elbowing. Allakhverdiev keeping Broner on the ropes but he's not doing much damage. Broner throwing a lot of right hands and landing plenty. Allakhverdiev doing too much standing in the middle of the ring. Broner way too comfortable, lands two hard shots at the end of the round. Broner 10-9
Round 6: Allakhverdiev not making any adjustments. More of the same, pressing without throwing many punches. I''m losing count on the number of counter rights Broner is landing. Allakhverdiev gets some punches on Broner in the corner. Broner just having fun now. Both men exchange punches in the middle of the right. Sharp punches land by Broner. Both men stand and trade as the crowd goes wild. Broner 10-9
Round 7: Allakhverdiev tries to draw Broner to him for a change. Broner pot shooting Allakhverdiev. Broner is throwing some flashy punches now, he has Allakhverdiev along the ropes. More right hands from Broner. Allakhverdiev still probing with his head and not many punches. Broner still in complete control. Broner 10-9
Round 8: Big uppercut from Broner lifts up Allakhverdiev's head. Allakhverdiev's face is showing signs of distress. Broner growing more confident and wants to start putting on a show for his hometown crowd. Right hands can't miss by Broner. Allakhverdiev tries to go to the body. Broner says something to Paulie Malignaggi ringside, not at all concerned about Allakhverdiev. Broner cruising. Broner 10-9
Round 9: Trainer threatens to end the fight for Allakhverdiev if he doesn't do something this round. Broner on complete cruise control now. Broner not throwing anything this round, maybe trying to let Allakhverdiev wear himself out. Allakhverdiev chases Broner with some wild punches. Good left from Allakhverdiev. Big upperjust from Broner makes Allakhverdiev look like Jack-in-the-Box! Allakhverdiev wins on Broner's inactivity. Allakhverdiev 10-9.
Round 10: Broner comes out jabbing. Not much landing by either man. Allakhverdiev hardly throwing. Pace is slowing and the arena is getting quiet, not much happening. Broner puts together a combination. Broner ends the round strong. Allakhverdiev may want to call it a night. Broner 10-9
Round 11: Allakhverdiev's face is looking bad. Broner still landing right hands at will. Both men exchange hooks. Referee stops the clock to cut some tape on Broner's glove, Allakhverdiev could use the break. Unless Allakhverdiev changes something dramatic, this is pretty much a wrap. Allakhverdiev is trying to do what he can, but he's taken a lot of punishment. Broner whipping hard shots which back off Allakhverdiev. Broner on the verge of forcing a stoppage. The fight should probably be stopped here by someone. Broner 10-9
Round 12: Referee threatens to stop the fight if Allakhverdiev takes any more hard shots heading into the round. Broner lands a two punch combination. Allakhverdiev looks like he just wants to make it to the final bell, Broner happy to oblige since he's not pressing the action. Now Broner starts coming on. Referee has seen enough and stops it. Broner TKO 12
JOSE PEDRAZA vs EDNER CHERRY
Round 1: Cherry comes out popping the jab, a lot of them. Ferocious body attack by Cherry, Pedraza trying to weather the early aggression. Pedraza gets in some body shots of his own. Cherry gets back to the jab to end the round. Cherry controlling tempo. Cherry 10-9
Round 2: Fight getting into close quarters. Cherry throwing some "Cherry Bombs." Strong right by Cherry and head clash. Cherry getting off first almost exclusively. Pace slows to end round two. Cherry 10-9
Round 3: Cherry comes out aggressive again. Referee warns both fighters about grabbing behind the head. Pedraza lands a right hand, then a left hook. Pedraza starting to move forward. Strong right hand to the body by Pedraza, picking his shots carefully. Pedraza starting to put in some work. Pedraza 10-9
Round 4: Cherry comes out stalking again, sometimes losing his balance in aggression. Cherry countering Pedraza's movements. Good left hooks from Pedraza. Both men slugging it out now. Crowd screams. Close round, Cherry edges it. Cherry 10-9
Round 5: Cherry comes out going straight after Pedraza. Pace has slowed. Pedraza lands a nice one-two. Cherry jabbing on the outside, getting blocked. Crowd booing the slow round. Pedraza 10-9
Round 6: Both fighters go into the phone booth. Cherry throwing hard shots on the inside. Pedraza coming back, Cherry getting the best of it. Cherry staggers Pedraza. Pedraza showing signs of damage. Cherry 10-9
Round 7: Cherry hurts Pedraza with a right hand. Pedraza starting to take a lot of punishment now. Pedraza circling the ring to get his wits about hi. Cherry trying to turn up the heat. Hard left hook by Cherry, Pedraza on shaky legs for a moment. Cherry landing right hands at will. Pedraza tries to fight back. Cherry in control. Cherry 10-9
Round 8: Cherry coming right after Pedraza again. Cherry switching back to boxing on the outside as Pedraza goes southpaw. Right hands still land for Cherry. Cherry jabbing as Pedraza tries to come forward. I haven't seen a fight that goes from brawling to boxing action so quickly. Cherry 10-9
Round 9: Crowd boos as the pace slows again. Clinches becoming frequent. Pedraza lands a good straight left from southpaw stance. Not much clean action either way. Triple right hand from Cherry. Ugly round. Cherry 10-9.
Round 10: Cherry starting to throw some hooks. Cherry lands another jab. Pedraza not throwing a lot but still bouncing on his toes. Pedraza lands a night left. Pedraza Stalking looking to back Cherry up. Pedraza getting some shots in fighting southpaw, but not very active. Combination from Pedraza. Pedraza 10-9
Round 11: Both men taking turns being aggressors. Cherry lands some hard shots. Hard right hand by Cherry snaps Pedraza's head back. Pedraza trying to turn the tables on Cherry. Both men trade punches. Cherry not throwing as much now. Good left from Pedraza. Pedraza 10-9.
Round 12: Rock 'em Sock 'em! Both men know the fight is close and are trying to impose themselves. Both are tired and getting a little sloppy. Crowd starting to boo again. Hard shots from Cherry. Cherry really trying to get all he can behind his shots. Both men have marked faces. Hard round to score. I'm going with Cherry. Cherry 10-9, 116-112 Cherry.
ROBERT EASTER JR vs JUAN SOLIS
Round 1: Easy first round for Easter, who looks strong and big against Solis. Easter 10-9
Round 2: Easter with a good shot early in the round, and that stung Solis. He's stalking and working to the body and head now. Really physically dominating this. Left to the body hurts Solis, as he clinches up. Solis getting drilled and there's still half a round left here. Dominant round. Easter 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Solis hurt again about 30 seconds into this round, and he's trying to retreat and stay away from Easter. The corner stops the fight and Easter gets to dance. Easter TKO-3
JAMEL HERRING vs YAKUBU AMIDU
Round 1: Amidu is a notoriously slow starter, which the SHO team mentions pretty much right away. Herring working a little bit early, taking advantage of that. Herring with a couple of body shots, trying to bait Amidu into throwing but Amidu doesn't bite. Bite on the bait. Bite the bait. Straight left through the gloves from Herring. Amidu really doing nothing. Another body shot, wide with the left hand but cranked up. Amidu getting hit with clean shots and giving away the round. Herring 10-9
Round 2: Another round like the first, as Herring is bossing this fight and Amidu is also giving it away to him right now. Eventually, if he lasts, Amidu will come on at least a little bit, but he'll have given away at least two rounds, and that's 20% of the fight. And it's not like he's so good he can just give rounds away. He's not Floyd Mayweather in here. He's just Yakubu Amidu. Herring 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Herring remains in total control. Using his reach, using Amidu's inactivity to his advantage, staying just busy enough to clearly and easily win these rounds. Amidu doing just a bit more and is connecting some when he throws, but he's not throwing nearly enough for my tastes. I like Herring sneaking shots in at the body when he can, too. Herring 10-9, 30-27
Round 4: Herring raising his output and throwing with more intent halfway through this round. Really landing some solid shots and getting busier. If Amidu were hoping to get started this round, that could discourage him. Amidu is dangerous because he can punch but Herring has more or less dominated this fight. Nothing huge but all four rounds have clearly been his. Herring 10-9, 40-36
Round 5: Amidu starting to unleash his hook a bit late in the round, but only one at a time. He's starting to come forward a bit, too. Good sign, but he lost this round on inactivity, too. That puts him in a 5-0 hole with five rounds to go. Herring 10-9, 50-45
Round 6: More of the same. Moooore of the saaaaame. Herring 10-9, 60-54
Round 7: Herring moving very nicely again this round, poking his way to another one in his favor as Amidu isn't doing anything in return. Herring 10-9, 70-63
Round 8: I HAVE GROWN TIRED OF THIS FIGHT. Herring 10-9, 80-72
Round 9: What a crap fight this turned out to be. Every round for Herring, every round roughly the same. Amidu barely awake in this one. Herring 10-9, 90-81
Round 10: Arguably Amidu's best round? Herring 10-9, 100-90