We all know that Friday is busy but Saturday is even busier with fights throughout Europe and America (north and south) as the Heavyweight division shows serious signs of life.
The most notable fight in Europe is arguably in Poland as unbeaten Heavyweight prospect Artur Szpilka (14-0, 11) takes on American Brian Minto (37-5, 24) in a bout for the "interim" WBC Baltic Heavyweight title. Szpilka, whilst unlikely to ever claim a world title is very fun to watch with his hard punches, fast hands serious sense of vulnerability. Combine Szpilka's fun to watch style with Minto's own bravery and face first fighting and you have what could be the "sleeper" classic of the week. If you can catch this bout it probably will be worth it.
On the same card as the Szpilka/Minto bout fans will also be treat to 2 other Heavyweight bouts as Marcin Siwy (5-0, 2) faces Artsem Hurbo (4-15-1, 3) and novice Damian Trzcinski (1-1) faces the debuting Damian Szarzala (0-0).
Oddly despite the "interim" Baltic title being fought for in Poland, the full version of the title is on offer in Germany, as Manuel Charr (23-1, 13) makes the first defense of the belt. Charr was down to defend against against the gigantic Evgeny Orlov originally but Orlov has been forced out of the bout and been replaced by Oleksiy Mazikin (14-8-2, 4).
For Charr it's been a frustrating few weeks seeing David Haye pull out on a bout and now Orlov, so with that in mind we expect the former Heavyweight world title challenger to do a real number on Mazikin and release his frustration.
On the same card as Charr's bout we expect to see Oleksandr Nesterenko (9-1, 4) in action though his opponent is yet to be named. If he does fight as we expect it will be his first bout in over 3 years.
Remaining in Germany (though on a different card) Adnan Buharalija (26-18-2, 18) takes on Radenko Kovac (2-2, 2). Although on paper this is a mismatch it needs to be put in to context. Buharalija has lost his last 4 (all by T/KO) and is 2-10 in his last 12 bouts dating back over 2 years, with all those losses coming early. Kovac is there to lose but he may have just enough to defeat his more experienced foe.
In Denmark we have an intriguing debut for the touted Otto Walin (0-0) who takes on Roman Cherney (1-0). Walin is a young, tall, good looking southpaw who has signed with Sauerland (who currently promote Robert Helenius, Kubrat Pulev and Alexander Povetkin) and will be brought though carefully with their backing.
In Britain the hyper-active Hughie Fury (5-0, 4) faces journeyman Tomas Mrazek (7-40-6, 5). On paper this is a step up for Fury so we can't complain too much and Mrazek should give him some rounds but we'd still like to see Fury taking another step up sooner rather than later.
The British card also features Sam Sexton (17-3, 7) though his opponent is yet to be named so we're not expecting anyone too testing for the former Commonwealth champion.
In the USA we get a really attractive "B level" match up as Manuel Quezada (29-7, 18) takes on Nagy Aguilera (18-7, 12). This is a bout that won't attract a huge number of fans but we'll honestly admit we're excited and hope that the winner will get a notable bout on the back of it (how about Fres Oquendo who defeated Derric Rossy last weekend in a similar type of bout?)
On the same card as the Quezada/Aguilera bout the unbeaten Eric Reza (1-0) faces Angelo Guiterrez (2-1, 2). This bout is much less notable and at 34 years old we don't expect this to be much more than just an odd bout for Reza who will never become "one to watch".
Staying in the US we get an interesting bout between unbeaten novices Rudy Zapata (2-0, 1) and Hugo Arceo (3-0, 3). This bout is interesting mainly due to the fact both guys are at the same point in their career and it's not something we see too often in the Heavyweight division.
In fact the US have another unbeaten Heavyweight in action with the 21 year old Danny Kelly (3-0, 3) facing Rayshawn Myers (5-16-1, 3). Kelly's 3 bouts to date have all been won in the opening round and whilst we'd expect him to win again here this could be a much tougher bout as Myers has only been stopped 4 times since 2005.
The remaining bout in the US sees debutant Khalib Witmore (0-0) taking on Lamont Capers (1-1). This will be Capers' first bout at Heavyweight having previously fought as a Cruiserweight in both of his bouts.
Going north from the US to Canada we get 2 Heavyweight bouts on the same as card Julien Collete (8-2, 6) takes on Sandy Pembroke (2-6, 1) and Kevin Cormier (3-0, 3) fights Bradley Foulgai (0-0).
Although the the pairing of Collette and Pembroke are the more experienced pair it's actually the Cormier/Foulgai fight that interests us the most. Cormier is 27 and returning for his first fight since October 2011 and although he'll be favoured there are a lot of questions surrounding his potential.
The final Heavyweight bouts for us to talk about are in Argentina as we get yet another brace of bouts. The first of those sees the experienced Marcelo Fabian Dominguez (42-7-1, 23) facing off against Miguel Angel Morales (12-12-1, 5). The 43 year old Dominguez is probably best known for his fights at Cruiserweight though his last few fights have been at Heavyweight.
With just a solitary bout in the last 6 years Dominguez is there be beaten, Morales however, is unlikely to do so.
The other bout in Argentina see another veteran in action as Gonzalo Omar Basile (58-8-0-1, 27) attempts to claim the vacant IBF Latino title as he takes on the Victor Danilo Gimenez (22-5, 11). The experienced Basile, who has fought Artur Szpilka and Alexander Dimitrenko, may well have a bit of a padded record but should have enough here to claim the victory, and the belt against "El Animal".