The coming weekend in boxing does not feature the kind of major stars that the past several have, but there is still some great boxing action on the schedule. Things start off on Friday night in Moscow when Alexander Povetkin meets Mike Perez in a heavyweight showdown.
Povetkin and Perez both had stellar amateur careers and are two of the most technically skilled big men on the planet. Neither is particularly big by modern heavyweight standards, and height definitely worked against Povetkin in his October 2013 challenge to Wladimir Klitschko. Perez was lucky to escape with a draw against Carlos Takam and Povetkin knocked Takam out in his next fight. But Perez can throw heavy combination punches in flurries, so this has the potential to be a good fight.
A win for Povetkin allows him to maintain his status as one of the top stars in the division. A victory for Perez would give him the potential to become a top-five heavyweight.
Also on that card, crusierweight champion Grigory Drodz will defend his belt.
On Friday Night Fights the Boxcino Finals conclude. In the light middleweight finals Brandon Adams faces John Thompson and in the heavyweight finals, Andrey Fedosov takes on Donavan Dennis.
Adams is an athletic and intelligent fighter who is competing at a very high level considering his limited amateur and short professional careers. Thompson is a skilled technical boxer who has been fighting with urgency in this tournament.
Fedesov came into the tournament the favorite at heavyweight and still remains so going into the finals. But the Russian did get dropped in the last round, before coming back to win by KO. At the same time, Dennis has some pop and has looked strong in the first two rounds.
On Saturday afternoon in Boston, top super middleweight stars Andre Dirrell and James DeGale face off for the vacant IBF belt. There is a tremendous amount on the line for both men in this fight and I expect they will both leave everything they have in the ring. It will be a disappointment if they don’t.