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Adrien Broner vs. Khabib Allakhverdiev "close" for WBA title bout

The fight is slated for October 3rd, though a venue has not been determined.

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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.

"The Problem" isn't intent on wallowing in his failure, it seems, and is reportedly in pursuit of his fourth "world" title.

According to BoxingScene, a deal is nearly in place for Adrien Broner to face recently-deposed champion Khabib Allakhverdiev for the now-vacant super lightweight belt that Allakhverdiev lost to Jessie Vargas last April.

Yes, two people coming off of losses are presumably going to be fighting for what is, at least by boxing's highly tenuous standards, a legitimate belt.

Technically speaking, Broner (30-2, 22 KO) is unbeaten at 140 pounds, as his losses to Shawn Porter and Marcos Maidana came at 144 and 147 pounds, respectively. He owns a sterling (sarcasm does not come off well in print)  3-0 record at super lightweight, the best of them probably John Molina, Jr.

Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KO) beat Kaizer Mabuza for the IBO belt, then lifted the WBA title from Joan Guzman back in 2012. He hasn't competed since losing a competitive fight with the aforementioned Vargas, making this just his second fight since July of 2013.

If this does wind up happening, it's a solid matchup, though the Russian isn't a big enough puncher to satisfy those awaiting Broner's first stoppage loss. The downside is that, if AB wins this, we'll have to hear about "four-division world champion Adrien Broner" for the rest of forever.

Oh, well. These are the sorts of risks we knew we'd face when entering the crazy world of boxing fandom.

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