A huge weekend of boxing awaits around the globe with world title offerings coming from across the pond as well as down under.
SOUTH BANK PIAZZA, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (DAZN, 09:00AM UK TIME MAIN CARD)
Matchroom Boxing and DAZN kick off the schedule on Saturday morning UK time in Brisbane, Australia. The card, headed up by world super-lightweight contender Liam Paro (22-0-0, 13KOs) versus the undefeated Brock Jarvis (20-0-0, 18KOs), is Matchroom’s first card in the country as they look to explore the Australian market.
Paro, who is ranked number one by the WBO, looks certain to be named mandatory challenger for Josh Taylor‘s WBO belt in the near future but shies away from no challenges as he takes on his fellow countryman Jarvis at the South Bank Piazza. The same can be said of super-middleweights Abdoulaye Mayweather (7-0-0, 5KOs) and Cesar Tapia (14-0-0, 9KOs), both of whom also emanate from Australia, and put their undefeated records on the line early in their professional careers. Familiar face Skye Nicolson (4-0-0) who bases herself out of the UK also fights for her first major belt in a Commonwealth title fight against Krystina Jacobs (6-3-0) at featherweight. Heavyweight Demsey McKean (21-0-0, 13KOs) takes on Patrick Korte (18-1-1, 15KOs) in a ten-round contest.
ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (SKY SPORTS ARENA, 01:00AM UK)
Sticking with Australia, undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney (28-0-0, 15KOs) returns for his contractually-obliged rematch with George Kambosos Jr (20-1-0, 10KOs) at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
Haney comfortably outpointed the Australian over twelve rounds in June to collect all the marbles at 135lbs with there being little clamour to see a re-run of the affair. However a rematch clause inserted into Haney’s contract stipulated Kambosos Jr would be entitled to a second fight in the event of a victory by the American and Haney will be confident of matching the result from the first fight in the early hours of Sunday morning UK time.
Former bantamweight champion Jason Moloney (24-2-0, 19KOs) takes on Nawaphon Kaikanha (56-1-1, 46KOs), while brother Andrew Moloney (24-2-0, 16KOS) collides with Norbelto Jimenez (31-9-6, 16KOs) at super-flyweight. Bantamweight champion Cherneka Johnson (14-1-0, 6KOs) looks to make the first defence of her world title against Susie Ramadan (29-3-0, 12KOs).
BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN, UNITED STATES (FITE TV, 02:00AM UK TIME)
Cross stateside and former heavyweight champion of the world Deontay Wilder (42-2-1, 41KOs) returns for the first time in over twelve months on Saturday night against Finland’s Robert Helenius (31-3-0, 20KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Wilder last appeared in his eleventh-round stoppage defeat to Tyson Fury in October of last year and looks to return to winning ways against the in-form Scandinavian Helenius. The latter boasts two knockout victories in his last two outings against Adam Kownacki but is in at a completely different level against the Tuscaloosa man who remains one of the biggest punchers the heavyweight division has seen.
The undercard of the Premier Boxing Champions show sees former world champions Caleb Plant (21-1-0, 12KOs) and Anthony Dirrell (34-2-2, 25KOs) face-off in the chief support, while unbeaten heavyweight Frank Sanchez (20-0-0, 13KOs) takes on Carlos Negron (25-3-0, 20KOs) over ten rounds.
The card is available to watch in the UK on FITE TV for £12.99.