We'll admit the start to 2014 has been somewhat slow in terms of major boxing. Thankfully it appears that the sport is set to really come alive in April.
Not only do we look set for 3 world title fights involving Japanese fighters, including Hozumi Hasegawa, Akira Yaegashi and Naoya Inoue but we also have something for Russian fans as we get the return to the ring of WBA Light Welterweight champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0, 9).
Allakhverdiev, who last fought in July 2013 stopping Souleymane M'baye, looks set to face unbeaten American Jessie Vargas (23-0, 9), a former member of Floyd Mayweather's "TMT", in what will be the Russian's second world title defense.
Vargas, who has recently been sparring with Ryota Murata's former amateur rival Esquiva Falcao, will know that this is his big opportunity to impress, unfortunately for him however it's coming against a very under-rated fighter who at his best is an absolute nightmare to fight. Although relatively unknown to US audiences Allakhverdiev is one of the top Light Welterweights on the planet as shown by top 10 rankings with Fightnews (#5), Ring (#7), TBRB (#8) and Boxrec (also #8).
This bout is expected to be on the same card as Manny Pacquiao's bout with an as yet unnamed opponent and a contest between former WBC Lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco and former WBO Light Welterweight champion Mike Alvarado, who of course lost his title to Ruslan Provodnikov last year. If this all comes together as expected then we may well get a very entertaining series of fights on what could end up being a must watch show on HBO in America.
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