CINCINNATI, Ohio — Adrien Broner is seeking his fourth world title on Saturday when he faces Khabib Allakhverdiev for the vacant WBA super lightweight title. Broner temporarily broke his vow of media silence at yesterday’s final press conference to deliver a brief statement. Allahkverdiev had his own opinion on the true reason for Broner’s media shutout.
The co-feature has Jose Pedraza defending against Edner Cherry. Sho Extreme has Robert Easter Jr. taking on Juan Ramon Solis, and Jamel Herring facing Yakubu Amidu.
I told you I wouldn’t do any interviews or talk. Nothing has changed. I just want to thank everyone for coming. I will be victorious on Saturday night, October 3.
I don’t talk too much. I am ready to fight Saturday.
He [Broner] is nervous. That’s why he’s acting like a clown.
This is his hometown. It’s his last chance for a world title and he shows up late and makes it look like he’s joking around with everybody and doesn’t care. I’ve seen fighters do this before and it’s because he is scared.
He knows what will happen on Saturday. He can clown around all he wants, but that won’t help him when we are in the ring.
I feel great seeing him nervous. For me, this is just another fight and just another win and that’s what it will be. A win for me over this nervous clown. I am going to beat him in front of all his friends.
JOSE PEDRAZA, IBF Junior Lightweight World Champion
Everyone says they’re going to come knock me out, good luck to him. It’s not happening.
He has a lot of experience as a professional, but I have been fighting for a long time as well so I’m not worried about who he’s faced.
I’m ready for 12 rounds but I want to get him out of there sooner. I’m going to work the body hard to try to get that done.
I want to face the best. I’d prefer not to face another Puerto Rican but if it’s the best fight out there, I will face anybody.
I have no prediction for the fight. I have a good strategy for the fight and if it works, I will win by knockout.
I want to thank the fans. Everyone that has supported me. Tune in Saturday night. It will be a great show.
ROBERT EASTER JR.
I’m coming out to put on a great show. You know I don’t like to be in the ring too long so you will see a knockout.
I don’t watch a lot of tape or anything like that. I just work hard in the gym and do the best I can.
My technical abilities are my best qualities in the ring. This is my work and I fight with honor.
Argentinean boxers are known for giving everything in their fights. I am going to do everything to win Saturday night.
I am honored to be here. Everyone that knows me knows that I come out and I give it my all.
Expect to see a great fight. Much respect to my opponent for taking this fight, but that’s where it stops. Once we get in the ring it’s all about business.
I have fought some great fighters. I have experience in the boxing game. I am here to give Jamel Herring a good fight. I want you to come and watch a good fight.
I’m from Ghana. I live in Los Angeles. I have been living there for six years. I started boxing as a pro in Ghana. I went to South Africa. Then I went to England and then I came here. I have a huge advantage in experience.
MIKE STAFFORD, Adrien Broner’s Trainer
Adrien is at his weight class this time. We have been fighting at 146 and 147, he’s had the title at 147, but now he is back at his weight. He is mean and lean.
Adrien knows how important this is. He knows Khabib is a great former champion. We thank you for coming to our city. Not too many people would come into this situation.
“We thank our families and friends and without these guys wouldn’t be up here. These are a great bunch of guys. I am like a stand-in father to all of them and I appreciate you supporting them.