Charles fought a tough, young boxer named Sam Baroudi, knocking him out.
The fight headlines the debut of Premier Boxing Champions' "The Next Round" on Bounce TV. In a marquee match-up of unbeaten left-handers, Warren (13-0 with four knockouts) seeks to use any foot and hand speed advantage against Payano (16-0, eight knockouts).
Payano, a two-time Olympian (2004, 2008) from the Dominican Republic, lost to Warren in their only previous fight, but he represents a major step up in professional competition for Warren, who has faced limited opposition since turning pro in 2012. Payano, at 5 feet 5, stands a half-inch taller."I would say there is one word for this fight – speed. "I need to make sure I touch him before he touches me."Payano, a pro since 2010, is making his first title defense after scoring a major upset in September by winning a six-round technical decision against long-reigning titleholder Anselmo Moreno. He lost points for aggressiveness, but made up for it by delivering a shot that brought a standing eight-count."He's learned a lot since then, so I'll be ready," said Warren, the first member of the 2012 U. boxing team to fight for a professional world title. In 2008, he became the first American boxer in more than 30 years to compete in two Olympics.
His last 10-round fight was in September 2014 when he beat Jose Luis Araiza by unanimous decision at Cincinnati's U.
Adrien Jerome Broner (born July 28, 1989) is an American professional boxer.
Although he never won the championship at that weight, Ring magazine has rated him as the greatest light heavyweight of all time. He defeated the great light-heavyweight Archie Moore three times, once by knock out, and also defeated all time greats in Charley Burley and Joey Maxim.
Shortly after his knock-out of Moore, tragedy struck.
Broner returned to the ring in March scoring a unanimous decision over Eric Ricker.
Three weeks later Broner stopped Angel Rodriguez in the fourth round.
Charles was so devastated he almost gave up fighting.
He adapted a more cautious style afterwards, trying not to hurt his opponents.
"I got a big fight coming up for two world titles, both WBA and IBO.