Boxing Results: Oct 3Written by Joshua Broom
It was a championship night of furious fistic action on the major premium networks.
On Showtime the hometown favorite Adrien “The Problem” Broner (31-2 23KO) captured a World Title in a 4th weight class by defeating former Light Welterweight champion Khabib Allakhveridev (19-2 9KO) by dominant 12th round TKO.
Broner staved off certain irrelevancy and placed himself firmly back in the mix at 140 with this impressive win.
The Cincinnati native delighted his hometown fans at the US Bank Arena to capture the vacant WBA Super Lightweight (140 lb) Championship.
With the victory, the 26 year old Broner has now captured a recognized World Title in the 130, 135, 140 and 147 pound divisions.
In his post-fight interview, Broner called out Money Team Promotions fighter Ashely Theophane.
Adrien, if you remember, used to emulate his style heavily on Money Team Promotions president Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
Over on HBO, Viktor “Iceman” Postol (28-0 12KO) scored a stunning 10th round upset knockout over the favored Lucas Matthysse (37-4 34KO) in a bout for the vacant WBC 140 lb World Championship.
Postol 31, hailing from the Ukraine, was a relatively unknown commodity to all but hardcore boxing fans coming into Saturday night’s title tilt with Matthysse, 33.
Had Matthysse won, a showdown with the returning Manny Pacquiao was rumored to be in the works. However it was not to be for Matthysse, who may have been in one too many ring wars, after being kayoed by Postol, who is not noted for his punching power.
With the win, Postol has earned a signature victory over a longtime top-tier opponent, a coveted World Championship and notoriety with the mainstream boxing public all in the process.
For both Broner and Postol, Saturday night served as a step in a positive direction for each fighter. However, It was a monumental step back for Allakhverdiev and Matthysse’s prospects as world-class competitors.
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.