The first of two notable contests takes place in the UK as Australian power puncher Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne (17-0, 15) battles Englishman Richard Towers (14-0, 11) in a Commonwealth title eliminator. This bout was supposed to take place several months ago before canned days before hand due to Towers's inability to get an Australian visa. This time around the fight will take place in England and whilst this will see Towers being the fan favourite we still hold a belief that his chin will not stand up to the power of Browne.
The other bout featuring a big hitter takes place in New York US as the Russian southpaw Magomed Abdusalamov (18-0, 18) takes on Cuban Mike Perez (19-0, 12) in a battle for the USNBC Heavyweight title. This is the first real test for both men and whilst Abdulsalamov does have a totally perfect record it's fair to say that Perez is the more rounded fighter. Perez is the faster, younger and more skilled man, though at just 6'0" he is the shorter man and he has fought just once in almost 2 years. If Perez fights to his best he should be able to see off the early storm of Abdulsalamov his skills should take him to a victory, however that early storm is never an easy thing to see off with the heavy hands of the Russian. This should be very enteraining one way or another.
Surprisingly there is actually a third big puncher in action, though at a much, much lower level. That man is Argentina's Matias Ariel Vidondo (16-1, 14) who will be taking on Uruguayan champion Yuberty Suarez Diaz (3-0, 1). Vidondo will be looking for his third victory of the year following a controversial DQ against Fabio Eduardo Moli that saw him claiming the Argentinian title. Yes, this is a contest between the the champions of two South American countries and we'd be genuinely shocked if their wasn't real fire in the bellies of both men.
In lesser bouts we have 5 more US contests all at a much lower level. The most notable of those is in Arkansad as the once beaten Alvin Manley (11-1-2, 3) battles journeyman Wallace McDaniel (8-22-1, 4). Whilst Manley would be favoured on paper it needs to be noted this is his first contest in 7 years.
In Iowa we expect to see the the unbeaten Eric Cason (2-0, 2) fighting Dakota Talbott (2-9) in a very low level contes.
The low level action continues in Connecticut as Solomon Maye (1-0, 1) fights a yet to be named opponent.
Talking about yet to be named opponents we're actually expecting Enobong Umohette (8-1, 7) to face a yet to be named opponent. Umohette is set defend his Winconsin title though there is a rumour that he will be facing Dante Selby for the Universal Boxing Federation International Heavyweight title. On same show as Umohette's contest we expect to see Jeff Thompson (0-0) make his debut against Cory Briggs (0-4) in what should be a very easy start for Thompson.