Broner vs Allakhverdiev: Why underdog can orchestrate upsetWritten by Joshua Broom
On Saturday night, Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1 9KO) steps onto the biggest stage of his professional boxing career by far.
The former 140 lb titlist from Derbent, Russia comes into his contest with hometown favorite Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-2 22 KO) as a plus 350 underdog to the brash, Cincinnati native.
Though the odds makers are giving “About Billions” the betting nod in this contest, they might want to reconsider their stance.
Here are my reasons for why the unknown Allakhverdiev will give Broner a much tougher fight than anyone expects.
For starters, Broner is still absurdly overrated, even though he is just 2-3 in his last five contests.
Also, although Broner is a much larger name than Allakhverdiev, it’s for all the wrong reasons.
Broner was once seen as the “next big thing” in the fickle sport of kings.
The hype machine behind the then unbeaten Broner was so fervent that even the most respected pound for pound prognosticators had the relatively unproven Broner ranked upon their lofty lists.
However, since suffering two humiliating defeats, -against proven championship caliber competition- it is clear in hindsight that AB was vastly overrated.
Simply put, one could make a strong case Broner was practically handed the 3 world-titles he so adamantly brags about capturing.
On the other hand, Khabib “The Hawk” Allakhverdiev worked his way up the ranks as an unheralded prospect.
The 2005 Lightweight Bronze medalist at the World Amateur Boxing Championships, Allakhverdiev, turned professional in 2007.
The undefeated “Hawk” defeated former 3 division titilist Joan Guzman in 2012 to capture the WBA 140 lb World Championship.
It can be argued that this defining victory for Khabib was of a higher quality than any opponent Broner has defeated.
Two more important factors that give Allakhverdiev a decent shot at defeating Broner are the Russian’sturdy chin and his superior workrate.
Khabib’s solid chin will allow him to take Broner’s best shots. This factor almost requires that the Ohio native will have to outland and outbox Khabib over twelve rounds Saturday night
Fortunately for Allakverdiev, Broner has shown a horrendously lackadaisical work rate in his biggest fights.
If Broner fails to put forth an effort, and let his hands go against Allakhverdiev, then he could very easily lose for the third time in six fights.
The final factor –and perhaps most important- that could sway this fight in the favor of the underdog is his attitude and fighting spirit compared to Broner’s.
Broner has never been known as someone who takes the fighting game seriously. Damning examples of this are his comments made immediately after his July loss to Shawn “Showtime” Porter.
A far from dejected Broner scoffed when asked about the loss, and instead replied with a typical Broner-esque retort: “At the end of the day, everybody in here will still take my photograph and get an autograph."
“I’m Okay, I’m financially fine”
In stark contrast to Broner’s whimsical remarks, “The Hawk” had this to say to ESPN concerning his opponent ahead of Saturday night’s contest.
"Broner is a good boxer, he is a fast and talented guy, but as a man I don't have anything good to say about him.” "I am looking forward to a world championship-winning performance and I know that if he tries to do something to get in my head, to approach me or to push me -- that I will be as restrained as possible and save my anger for fight night."
If Broner fails to meet Allakhverdiev’s intensity and no-nonsense approach for this contest, then he may not be doing so well financially down the road.
TALE OF THE TAPE:
-AGE:32 -AGE: 26
-HEIGHT: 5’8 -HEIGHT: 5’6
-REACH: 68’ -REACH: 69’
-WEIGHT: 140 LBS -WEIGHT: 140 LBS
-RECORD: (19-1 9 KO) -RECORD: (30-2 22 KO)
HOW TO WATCH: Showtime Network 10 PM ET. From the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio
OFFICIAL BETTING ODDS: Broner (Favorite) minus 225…..Allakhverdiev (Underdog) plus 350
I currently reside in Rome Georgia and have been published as a writer along with being an avid life long fan of the "Sweet Science" chiefly among other sports.
Among my favorite memories as a child include staying up late to watch ESPN and USA network boxing coverage and then watching the big premium weekend fights while visiting my grandparents.
As an adult, I watch all the fights a through z and consider myself somewhat of a modern historian.
My favorite fighters include the late Arturo Gatti, Kostya Tszyu, Evander Holyfield and Manny Pacquiao just to name a few.
I'm excited to see the sport I love back on primetime network t.v. and am optimistic about the future of boxing.