Former world champion Adrien Broner will meet Khabib Allakhverdiev at Las Vegas' MGM Grand this Saturday in a fight to resurrect what once looked like a promising career.
For some, this weekend's bout will be the last chance for The Problem, who is returning to Nevada on the back of a unanimous-decision defeat to Shawn Porter that just wasn't in his script.
Broner will take on Allakhverdiev for the vacant WBA light welterweight title, with his Russian opponent also looking to bounce back from a loss. This could be a desperate encounter between the two.
We provide all the vital viewing information ahead of Saturday's bout, along with betting odds and a look ahead to who might prevail.
Date: Saturday, October 3
Time: 10 p.m. ET/3 a.m. BST (Sunday, Oct. 4)
Venue: MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas
TV Info: Showtime (US)
Turning a New Leaf
Critics will believe it when they see it, perhaps, but Broner has been adamant that we'll see a new side of him following the Porter defeat.
His outspoken attitude outside of the ring was once seen as alluring and entertaining to some, but having failed to back up his words with consistent performance, he's now looking to change his ways, as he told Showtime (via Sky Sports):
When you get so far in doing things your way, sometimes you don't see what you've got to change until something happens - like a loss. It's time to stop and take your career serious. The lights, the horse-playing, of course I'll always be me. Hate it or love it, I'll always be AB but where I am in the game right now, I'm still a student. I've accomplished a lot at a young age but I have so much more to do.
I was too accessible and too easy to reach. I've got a big heart so I always wanted to make everybody feel good and feel happy but I've come to realise that my wife and kids are all that matter. I have to do what I have to do for me and my family.
The path I'm on - anybody in my way right now is in big trouble. Just come watch me on October 3 and tell me what you think about the new Adrien Broner.
It'll be intriguing if Broner can indeed put his head down to regain some of his career trajectory and fulfill his lost potential.
Laceup Boxing suggests a sterner trainer is necessary to get Broner on the straight and narrow, likening the 26-year-old to a child in the way he goes about his business:
By no means will 32-year-old Allakhverdiev be an easy opponent, either. The Hawk suffered his first career defeat to Jessie Vargas by unanimous decision in his last bout, where he lost the WBA super lightweight and IBO junior welterweight belts.
Michael Woods of The Sweet Science quoted the veteran, who is also taking a more mature approach into Saturday's fixture, identifying Broner as "nervous" in the buildup to their meeting:
Broner's admission of a new way of boxing, and perhaps a new way of life, makes for an even greater sense of anticipation leading up to Saturday. Numerous questions lie in wait of answers as to whether he'll be back to his best.
Between the pressure brought on by June's defeat to Porter and a home crowd likely to be egging him on, this fight looks like Broner's to lose as he comes up against what should be a walkover back to victory.
It's been 18 months since Allakhverdiev was last in the ring, which stands as the longest spell he's ever had in between fights and makes ring rust a serious possibility come Saturday.
All signs suggest the bout will go the distance since Broner has lost a lot of the stopping power that saw him earn eight knockouts in his first 26 professional outings.
ESPN's Dan Rafael has suggested Broner is being thrown an opportunity by the WBA, who may want to see the entertainer given a new lease of life as a boxing draw:
Unfortunately for some, that claim has solid reasoning behind it. The Problem, with his three-inch reach advantage to fall back on, will most likely ride out his return to a title with relative ease.
Allakhverdiev is technically sound and possesses a considerable chin, but there's nothing spectacular about the Dagestan native, who is heading into the latter stages of his career against a motivated and energetic Broner.
Prediction: Broner wins by unanimous decision.