The first Heavyweight contest is in China as Australian hard hitter Alex Leapai (28-4-3, 23) attempts to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title against American based Mexican Felipe Romero (16-6-1, 11). This should be little more than a walk over for Leapai who is facing a man who is a former Mexican Super Middleweight and Cruiserweight champion.
In the US the promising Gerald Washington (8-0, 5), fresh off the back of his decision victory over Sherman Williams, takes on the unbeaten Jerry Forrest (7-0, 6). This bout very much pits two punchers together, though it appears to be a step backwards for Washington following the victory over Williams and also appears to be a big step up for Forrest.
Of course both of those bouts pale in comparison to the main Heavyweight contest of the weekend as unbeaten American Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28) takes on former world champion Siarhei Liakhovich (25-5, 16).
A few weeks ago a story broke that Wilder was going to face a top "Russian", it appears that that was wrong and instead of facing a top fighter he's instead facing a washed up fighter. Liakhovich, as mentioned above, is a former world champion though that was back in 2006. Since winning the WBO world title from Lamon Brewster, in what was an amazing fight, Liakhovich has gone 2-4 with 3 stoppage losses.
On paper it looks like a good step up for Wilder though we're of the opening that it's a bout that is more about cynical match making than genuinely helping develop Wilder's talent. We may be wrong and the 6'7" American may be given a serious work out but we just don't see it.
Alex Leapai SC Felipe Romero
Deontay Wilder SC Siarhei Liakhovich
Gerald Washington SC Jerry Forrest