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Adrien Broner vs. Khabib Allakhverdiev official for October 3rd in Cincinnati

The winner will receive the WBA title vacated by Jessie Vargas

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

They said it was "close" and now it's here.

Showtime announced today via press release that Adrien Broner will face former WBA Champion Khabib Allakhverdiev on October 3rd at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. The two will be competing for the vacant WBA super lightweight title.

Both men enter the fight coming off of losses, Broner (30-2, 22 KO) to Shawn Porter in June and Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KO) to Jessie Vargas two Aprils ago.

The co-main event pits IBF Super Featherweight Champion Jose Pedraza (20-0, 12 KO) against Edner Cherry (34-6, 19 KO). Pedraza is coming off of wins over Michael Farenas and Andrey Klimov, while "Cherry Bomb" has not tasted defeat since a 2008 decision loss to Tim Bradley.

It's not a bad card, but the issue is that it's the same day as the eagerly-awaited Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol matchup, and frankly, Broner has not been fun to watch since moving up from 135.

So what'll it be? You tuning into Showtime's "Problematic" double-header or HBO's own "Machinations?"

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