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Adrien Broner impresses while capturing his fourth world title

On Saturday night US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio played host to a Showtime Boxing event for hometown boxer Adrien Broner. The attendance at US Bank Arena was 5,932 which isn’t bad at all for a boxing match.

I personally didn’t get to the arena until before ShoExtreme started, but from the notes I got from my other media members I heard Luis Rosario KO’d Aaron Hollis, Danny Calhoun beat Jamal Woods and Raynell Williams beat Eduardo R. Reyes.

The first fight I got to fully watch was the battle between Jamel Herring and Yakubu Amidu. Herring was very active throughout the fight throwing a lot of jabs even at only landing at a 7% clip. Herring dominated the fight and seemed very calculated with his attack. It was his first time under the bright lights so he might not have been as explosive as he wanted to be, but he will be able to build on his 10 round unanimous decision against Amidu. Herring improved to 14-0 with 8 KO’s.

A few quotes from Herring:

“I knew he was good. I respected what his experience and what he was putting down.

“He made a lot of fights closer than they needed to be. I showed my skill and went the distance with a veteran that had never been down.

“It’s a blessing to showcase my talent on a world stage. I’ve worked hard to get here and good things come to those who wait.”

Robert Easter, Jr. faced Juan R. Solis. This fight was a pure mismatch as Easter threw a lot of combinations to the head and body to get the overmatch Solis out of the ring in the 3rd round. Easter looked good in front of the Ohio crowd as he improved to 16-0 with 13 KO’s. Easter is a guy lightweights need to keep an eye on because he seems to have the tools to be a major factor.

A few quotes from Easter, Jr.:

“I’m so proud to perform in front of my mom. So many fans and friends from Michigan, Northern Ohio, Cincinnati – it’s just a great thing.

“You prepare for the worst in the gym, with these kinds of fights you never know. 
“With a performance like this, you know you’re onto the next level. I showed that tonight.”
 The first co-main event featured featherweights Jose Pedraza and Edner Cherry. Pedraza holds the IBF Super Featherweight Belt and he started off strong against the veteran Cherry, showing nice quickness good jabs and hooks to the body. In the early rounds Pedraza was able to make the shorter Cherry fight backing up which was a huge advantage for Pedraza, but once Cherry imposed he will to start going forward during the fight he took over hurting the champ multiple times. Cherry was able to make it a phone booth fight and that’s when Pedraza seemed to loose control of the fight. Cherry dominated the second half of the fight and seemed to had breezed to an impressive win to gain the IBF title. When the judges read the scores and gave Pedraza a split decision the fans and media all looked at other dumb founded. Cherry was very impressive, but at the end of the day his record is now 34-7-2 with 19 KO’s and Pedraza now is 21-0 with 12 KO’s and still world champion. To say it was a robbery in Cincinnati would be an understatement keep your head up Edner.
A few quotes from Pedraza and Cherry:
JOSE PEDRAZA

“I won the fight.  It was a very tight fight and very hard fight, but I definitely won the fight. 

“I was very calm when they were reading the scores because I knew I won.  He held me a lot during the fight.

 “I started the fight well. In the middle rounds, Cherry connected well and started getting his distance and that worked in his favor.

 “I’m very happy.  We did a great job and started strong, but Edner had his moments.  With my team, we used our intelligence to get the victory.  I was able to change my style, switch to southpaw, and Cherry couldn’t handle the left hand.

“If he wants a rematch we’ll give it to him, but he has to wait.  I’m the champion so he has to wait.   I’m going to stay at 130 and we’ll be off until January.”

EDNER CHERRY

“It was a good fight.  I just left it to the judges’ hands.  If I knocked him out it wouldn’t be up to the judges.  It’s them.  That’s the judges.  That’s what happens when you leave it to the judges.

“It went 12 rounds so it was up to the judges.  I’m not taking anything away from him.  It was a good fight.

“I feel I did enough to win, but I wish I had knocked him out and not left it in the hands of the judges.

“He wasn’t as slick as I thought he’d be. I think I hurt him quite a few times.

“It was a good fight I did my best I can do and I’m happy with my performance.

“I would love a rematch.  I would love to.”

The main event featured Cincinnati’s own Adrien “The Problem” Broner and Russia’s Khabib Allakhverdiev. Early in the fight we saw a much more active Broner and his speed and defense proved to be too much for Allakhverdiev. Counter punching with straight rights, good body work, a lot of uppercuts were the recipe for success for Broner as Khabib didn’t have an answer for “The Problem”. Broner won via TKO in the 12th round to become a 4x champion. If Broner stays as active against better competition he should get be successful for a while.

A few Broner quotes:

“Honestly,  a young guy like me and they just threw me a lot of cash at a young age.  It was hard to adjust to the fame, to the lights.  After my last fight I said I wasn’t putting my all into it. 

“It’s definitely all up to me. After that bell right no one can help me. 

“I’m still AB, but this next half of my career I’m going to be about boxing and about billions

“Nothing has changed. I’m comfortable at whatever weight my opponent is comfortable at.  But I’m getting wiser, I’m getting older.”

Adrien Broner calls out Ashley Theophane after win

After Adrien Broner got a TKO in the 12th round over Khabib Allakhverdiev to win the WBA Super Lightweight Belt he called out Money Team member Ashley Theophane.

Broner said, “I’ll bring the girl out that that boy like Bruce Jenner.”  Check out the clip.

The reason Broner called out Theophane.

Floyd and Adrien are cool, but business is business so this fight seems like a fight that should be made without much hiccup.

Heavyweight Boxer Bryant Jennings calls out Deontay Wilder on Instagram

After Deontay Wilder 11th round TKO of Johann Duhaupas to retain his WBC heavyweight title follow heavyweight fighter took to Instagram to post a video calling out Wilder. Bryant Jennings just fought Wladimir Klitshcko in April although he came up short he impressed a lot of boxing fans that didn’t give him a chance as he went all 12 rounds and never got knocked down, he even had points in the fight where he was applying pressure to Klitshcko.

Check the link out below, but all in all Jennings called Wilder’s footwork sloppy and he would be waiting for him January 9th.

I personally was wondering when this fight would pop up or start to get buzz because I think Jennings and Wilder are the top American heavyweights right now and personally I think Jennings is the better boxer at this stage in both careers.

 

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Skills is elementary! Work on them feet champ they flying all over the place. #Jan9th the… https://instagram.com/p/8Iy2BzxbjZ/

 

Will this fight happen soon? I don’t know, but personally I hope it does.

TFON Interview with rising light welterweight boxer Jamel Herring

I was able to land an interview with Jamel Herring before his big fight at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati that will be televised on Showtime October 3rd. Herring is 13-0 with 8 KOs. He is a New York native that currently resides in Cincinnati. Herring is in Al Haymon’s stable and is rising the light welterweight division with each fight. For those that aren’t hip to the man nicknamed “Semper Fi” get your youtube on and check him out, matter of fact make sure to check him out October 3rd on Showtime or if you are in the area head down to US Bank Arena.

JS = Jesse Smith

JH = Jamel Herring

JS = When did you serve in the Marines? And did you box while you were serving?

JH = I started serving in the Marine Corps, October 2003, a few months after graduation high school and I was still 17 at the time. I boxed before the I enlisted but I picked it back up around 2006 while still in the service.

JS = What age did you start taking boxing seriously?

JH = That’s a good question. I honestly didn’t take it serious until I qualified for the Olympic Trials in 2011, what’s crazy is I was 25 years old around the time the trials came around. See I was still debating if I’d just stay in the Marine Corps and make it a career or really start taking my boxing career to the next level. One thing happened after another and here we are as you see.

JS = Which boxers past or present do you compare your style to?

JH = Man… Too many to even mention! Lately I’ve been watching a lot of Pernell Whitaker footage because I love the way he use to use his footwork and defense. Generally though I watch a lot of fighters from past to present like, Oscar De La Hoya, you gotta love that hook he had in his prime, Sugar Ray Robinson is pretty much on everyone’s list including mine, he had speed, agility, and power with both hands. Juan Manuel Marquez is another favorite, Shane Mosley, Bernard Hopkins I admire and respect mainly due to the way he lives outside of boxing and taking care of his body. Salvador Sanchez, Diego Corrales, Lamont Peterson, and of course I have to throw in both Mayweather and Pacquiao who will go down as greats of this era.

JS = How did you link up with Coach Mike Stafford and Adrien Broner?

JH = I linked up with those two around 2011 after I won the Olympic Trials. I worked with Mike during my time on the 2011 USA team preparing for the AIBA World Championships that year and from there we just connected, not to mention Adrien was helping me with sparring in that same training camp.

JS = With more exposure building with each fight, is there any fighter you are targeting in the next year or so?

JH = You know I’ve never been the one to name drop or call out fighters. Sometimes you call out a certain individual and two things may happen. One, they may feel as if you’re just begging for attention and you need them more then they need you, or two, they might just duck and avoid you all together, so I don’t bother with targeting anyone. I allow my team to handle that but make no mistake, I wouldn’t mind fighting any of those guys in the top spot for a world champion in the near future.

JS = How excited are you to be able to fight on Showtime October 3rd?

JH = It’s an honor to fight on a major network like a Showtime. Crazy thing is I was supposed to fight on Showtime at least 3 times now but something always happened where things didn’t go my way but this time around I feel as things will go my way and I’ll finally get that opportunity to showcase my talent so I’m very excited about October 3rd.

JS = When you aren’t boxing what is Jamel doing for fun?

JH = When I’m not boxing I’m enjoying my time with those who matter the most, like close friends and family. Boxing and training takes up so much time, especially when boxing is all year around, so when I’m away from the gym I try to spend as much time with my family and friends.

Good luck to Jamel on October 3rd, make sure you follow him on Twitter @jamelherring 

Watch: Andre Berto talk Mayweather fight on The Breakfast Club

I watched about 10 minutes of the interview and realized that Andre Berto is pretty tight and I should share this with The Front Office News readers.

Shoutout to my homie Chuck for sharing this with me and in turn I’m sharing with the masses.

I will say I didn’t watch the fight, but I like Berto as a fighter so I’m happy he got a nice check.

Watch: Adrien Broner’s Press Conference for his October 3rd fight against Khabib Allakhverdiev

At the Broner/Allakhverdiev press conference at US Bank Arena on September 1st, Broner only said one word. His left hand man “White Ticket” talked for Broner stating that because of the twitter beef he got into with ESPN’s Dan Rafael he will not be talking to the media until after the fight October 3rd where he says he will be champion for the fourth time.

 

 

 

 

The only word Broner said was “n*gga”. Think about that for a second, hell of a word to choose to use during the conference.

Check out Broner I mean “White Ticket” press conference.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Ranks his Top 5 Boxers of All-Time

Floyd Mayweather knows how to get his name in the headlines even when he is not in the ring. Mayweather recently named his top five boxers of all time. It was without a doubt he placed himself at the No.1 spot, but the other four sports seemed pretty interesting. Floyd paid homage to all of the fighters on the list stating that they have paid the way for him as a championship boxer, but despite him doing that I’m
sure he ruffled some feathers. 

With that said, I can’t say that agree with the placement of the five fighters on the list, but it’s pretty entertaining to say the least. Let’s just say that Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali probably won’t be happy about the list. Check out the champ in the video below.