Adrien Broner's last trip to Cincinnati was not unsatisfactory. The brash Cincinnati native put on an entertaining back-and-forth fight against Emmanuel Taylor, capping the close affair off with a stunning knockdown in the final seconds of the 12th and final round. Now, on the heels of a disappointing loss to Shawn Porter, Broner is set to return to his hometown for a chance to get back on track.
Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KO) is expected to be Broner's opponent. Allakhverdiev hasn't been seen in the ring since April of 2014, when he lost a close decision to Jessie Vargas. The Russian is a clever southpaw with a penchant for counter-punching, particularly with his dangerous right hook.
Broner spoke to Boxing News Online about his upcoming fight: "I'm excited to be back in Cincinnati taking on a tough world class fighter who is going to bring it," said Broner. "This fight means the world to me. It's a huge deal to have the chance to be a four-division world champion at 26 years old."
Meaningless as those four "championships" may be, Broner has certainly earned a reputation as a fighter willing to face tough competition, and Allakhverdiev is no exception. Whether or not "AB" will be able to outbox Allakhverdiev is no mean question, but this writer is certainly happy to have big-time boxing in the Queen City once again.
The contest is expected to take place at 10pm on October 3rd, broadcast live on Showtime from the U.S. Bank Arena.