We'll start in Australia where the action technically kicks off with a competition called "Last Man Standing". The competition is effectively the same basic structure as the "Prizefighter" competition British fans have become accustomed to in recent years.
The fighters taking part in this 8 man competition will be:
Tai Tuivasa (1-0, 1)- The least experienced entrant with 1 fight and just 3 pro rounds. He was however a former MMA fighter
Tafa Misipati (0-2)-The man with the worst record and the clear outsider in the betting
Willie Nasio (2-0, 2)-Another novice though one who clearly has power. At 5'11" though he's short for a Heavyweight
Royce Sio (1-2, 1)-A big punching Samoan best known for hitting Solomon Haumono when Haumono was down. His record might not suggest it but he's a real danger man
David Levi (3-4-0-1, 3)-Big hitting Somoan who fought for the Australian title late last year
Michael Kirby (11-4-2-1, 6)-Former Australian and OPBF champion who suffered his no contest in a fight with Levi
Brett Smith (13-8-2, 7)-Aussie southpaw who returns to the riing after more than 2 years of inactivity
Nathan Briggs (21-6, 16)-Former OPBF champion who will be wanting to avenge his loss to Michael Kirby
Although the bouts haven't been drawn yet, as far as we're aware, the possibilities of rematches are there for Briggs/Kirby and Kirby/Levi. On paper Briggs or Kirby should probably be favoured Tuivasa is certainly an outside contender for the jackpot prize.
Over in the US, in California to be precise, fans will get the chance to see 5 Heavyweight bouts with several of them being televised on US Fox Sports 1. The most important of these sees unbeaten Cuban Luis Ortiz (20-0-0-1, 17) battling gate keeper Monte Barrett (35-10-2, 20). On paper the bout doesn't look significant but the rumour is that Ortiz, if he wins, will move on to a WBA regular title fight with Alexander Povetkin later this year.
Although the Ortiz/Barrett fight is likely the most important we're more interested in the prospects on show on this card.
One of those prospects is the much touted Gerald Washington (11-0, 8) who is an explosive fighter that has caught the eye in the past. Washington will be trying to continue his stoppage run as he takes on the once beaten Skipp Scott (16-1, 10) in what looks to be a more competitive match up than the Ortiz one.
Another of the prospects is the former Oympian Dominic Breazeale (9-0, 9) who will be looking to continue his perfect start as he takes on Nagy Aguilera (19-7, 13). When compared to his previous opponents, this is a really aggressive step up for Breazeale, though we think the the imposing and hard hitting fighter will have more than enough to see off Aguilera. Interesting to think that in fight #10 Deontay Wilder, who was also 9-0 (9) faced Alvaro Morales (then 4-7-5).
A third promising prospect on show is another amateur standout and is also a second generation fighter. Michael Hunter (3-0, 3), the son of Mike "The Bounty" Hunter, will also be matched in what looks like a competitive contest as he battles Rodney Hernandez (5-1-1, 1). Hernandez is a good test for most novices and will come to the ring to win though shouldn't have anything near the ability needed to test Hunter who does look like one to watch.
The final prospect on this card is the 21 year old Stephan Shaw (2-0, 2) who will be up against the limited, but generally durable, Kevin Howard (3-12-1, 1) who has become a man entrusted with testing prospects in recent years. A stoppage for Shaw would be impressive though is certainly not expected here.