This Saturday is one where we get some of those secondary match ups and with that in mind we're genuinely excited about the weekend and the bouts we're about to receive.
The best of the fights looks like it's taking place in Germany as former world title challengers collide. This bout will be between Manuel Charr (25-1-1, 15) and Kevin Johnson (29-5-1, 14). When it comes to these two fans aren't necessarily excited. Charr is downplayed as a boring German based fighter whilst Johnson often fights like he's trying to bore people. For us though Charr is great he comes to fight and whilst he may not be the best he's always got something about him. He's a bit basic but he's never a poor guy to watch. It's the style of Charr that may bring out the best in Johnson and we may actually see the "Kingpin" forced into a fight, which we'd really enjoy.
Staying on the subject of Charr for a second longer we'd love to see Charr against Chisora, we think that would, stylistically, make for an engaging battle.
Another secondary level match up takes place in Denmark as the once promising David Price (16-2, 14) attempts to rebuild his career. Price faces a notable step up from his previous contest as he battles tall Czech Ondrej Pala (33-4, 23) in what should certainly be a winnable contest for the Englishman though the risk is that that Pala could catch him. It's a slight step down from the Charr/Johnson bout but is another that we like the look of.
In the UK we get two more interesting match ups. One of those will see exciting but limited Englishman Ian Lewison (8-2-1, 5) battle against talented, though lazy, American Eddie Chambers (37-4, 19) in a bout that Chambers should win but could be given a tough time in the first 2 or 3 rounds. Lewison is a fast starter and although he's nothing sensational he has the style to really make Chambers feel uncomfortable, unfortunately he probably lacks the skills.
The other UK bout of interest will see the unbeaten Hughie Fury (13-0, 8) battle against Danny Hughes (12-2-2, 3). Although this is a step up for Fury after some very limited competition so far we'd still expect him to come out on top. Interestingly both of Hughes's losses have come in Prizefighter and to decent, though not world beaters, in Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott, both much better fighters than anyone Fury has had a professional contest with. Of course Fury has sparred with some top fighters but this is clearly his biggest test as a professional.
In Poland fans will get the chance to see the unbeaten Marcin Siwy (7-0, 4) take on a former Hughie Fury opponent in the form of Hrvoje Kisicek (6-8, 1) who was, of course, dominated by Anthony Joshua not too long ago. We don't expect Kisicek to put up more of a competitive effort though we do think he'll try to see out the distance. On the same show we also have an all debutant affair as Kamil Bazelak (0-0) battles Adam Koprowski (0-0).
Finally, in regards to European action, fans in Russia will to see Denis Bakhtov (36-9, 24) and Evgeny Orlov (15-12-1, 11) in action, albeit not against each other.
Stateside fans have a couple of bouts to look forward to. The most notable of them sees Dwayne McRae (12-3, 6) attempt to score his biggest win to date as he takes on Jonte Willis (9-9-1, 3) in a interesting 6 rounder. The other bout will see Daniel Pasciolla (2-1) going for a decent win for such a novice as he takes on David Williams (7-7-2, 2) in a tough assignment.