By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Adrien Broner will have the chance to become a four-division world champion in the autumn.
The flashy 26-year-old, who was at one time considered the heir to the thrown of pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, will fight for the vacant WBA light welterweight title in his hometown on October 3, with Showtime screening the clash.
Broner, from Cincinnati, Ohio, is has held the WBA title at welterweight, the WBC title at lightweight and the WBO super featherweight title and is set to come up against Khabib Allakhverdiev at the US Bank Arena.
The pair are coming off losses –– Broner to Shawn Porter in June and the Russian southpaw to Jessie Vargas in 2014 –– and will be looking to get back to winning ways.
There is confusion, however, as to whether the title will be on the line come fight night because Top Rank have a protest ongoing regarding the rules adhered to by the Boxing Association.
The WBA belt was recently relinquished by Jessie Vargas as he moved up to welterweight to challenge Tim Bradley and the aforementioned American promotional company Top Rank were expecting their charge, José Benavidez Jr., to either be elevated to the organization’s full titleholder or, at the very least, be ordered to fight a challenger to be determined for the vacant title, as per the rules.
But that hasn’t been the case and the WBA have instead ordered the 23-year-old interim titlist to make a mandatory defence against Italy’s Michele Di Rocco. The sides should make a deal by September 25 or the fight would be put up for a purse bid.
Also on the card in Ohio, José Pedraza will make the first defence of the IBF super featherweight title.
The Puerto Rican, who was crowned champion after victory over Andre Klimov in June, will face 33-year-old Edner Cherry over 12 rounds.by