Khabib-Prescott Done: Hryunov Expects a Tough Fight

By Rick Reeno

Vladimir Hryunov, the co-promoter for IBO/WBA "regular" champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (18-0, 8KOs), has advised that a deal was reached to defend their titles against the very dangerous Breidis Prescott (26-4, 20KOs) on March 30th as the HBO televised co-feature to Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado II at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Top Rank, who recently signed Khabib to a co-promotion with Hryunov, wanted to match him against Karim Mayfield (17-0-1, 10KOs), but some promotional complications on the side of Mayfield got in the way.

Hryunov told BoxingScene that he brought Khabib to Top Rank in order to make him an international superstar. He also wants Khabib to get the opportunity to fight Top Rank's biggest names - like Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.

"Bob Arum of Top Rank knows how to create stars. Top Rank built the big pay-per-view attractions like Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. That's why I brought Khabib to them. We want Khabib to become a superstar," Hryunov told

Hryunov is very familiar with Prescott and views the hard-hitting Colombian as being a tougher, more dangerous opponent than Mayfield. Hyrunov saw Prescott's one minute destruction of Amir Khan in 2008, and also witnessed how the boxer came very close to beating Mike Alvarado in 2011.

"This is a very serious fight. Prescott is a serious opponent, very strong and he can punch. I've seen him fight before. I saw what he did to Amir Khan. After the loss, Khan switched promoters, to Golden Boy, and he never wanted to fight him again in a rematch. We are talking this fight very seriously. Next week Khabib will head to Miami, where he will begin training camp with coach John David Jackson," Hryunov said.

Khabib had a banner year in 2012 and became a player at 140-pounds. He destroyed Kaizer Mabuza in fours rounds in June, and then traveled to Florida in November to win the WBA championship with a technical decision over previously undefeated Joan Guzman.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by thuggery on 02-11-2013

Khabib made Guzman quit like a pansy. Khabib will make easy work of Prescott.

Comment by MujoHrnjica on 02-11-2013

[QUOTE=Realizniguhnit;13020290]Prescott will be him quite easily, a lot of people sleeping on Prescott.. Khabib has 8 KO's and he's 5'6....[/QUOTE] That's what ppl were saying about Guzman aswell but look what happened to him. And Khabib's 5'8 not 5'6.

Comment by Ringlife on 02-11-2013

Pretty good undercard fight I am going for Prescott.

Comment by King_ on 02-10-2013

[QUOTE=Realizniguhnit;13021013]If Khan was so green why didn't he give Prescott an immediate rematch fool? Prescott would beat Khan right now.. and Corley is a good fighter, styles make fights..[/QUOTE] Corley is a good fighter? In the year 2011? Come on…

Comment by Pain~Lucy on 02-10-2013

wow, will definitely wathc this fight! I got Khabib by murder in late rounds!

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