Khabib Allakhverdiev is the WBA "regular" world champion at light welterweight. But this is typical buffoonery from the WBA, which already has a world champion at 140 pounds: Danny Garcia.
The WBA can call Garcia the "super" world champion if it wants to. For all I care, it can call him the "super-duper, most excellent" world champion. As a boxing writer, I'm still unwilling to recognize more than one of an alphabet-soup organization's world champions per division.
However, that doesn't mean Allakhverdiev's appearance on this broadcast isn't a big deal. The ever-growing proliferation of elite fighters from the former Eastern Bloc has been one of boxing's biggest stories in recent years, and he looks like he might be the next big star from the region.
This is his first significant exposure in North America, and hardcore fans are excited.
Jessie Vargas is just 24, but he's been fighting high-profile fights for more than two years now. He started off as a Floyd Mayweather protege, but in 2012 he jumped ship to bitter rival Top Rank.
These two unbeaten fighters look to have a pretty big upside. Somebody's zero has to go on Saturday night, and the winner should position himself for a major fight in the fall.