By Rick Reeno
Vladimir Hryunov, the co-promoter for IBO/WBA "regular" champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (18-0, 8KOs), has advised BoxingScene.com 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 BoxingScene.com.
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.