This weekend rising superstar phenom Gennady Golovkin will assume most of the spotlight as he takes on Danny Geale at Madison Square Garden in NY Saturday night on HBO. In the midst of this HBO main event, one right at the Garden and another across the vast Atlantic Ocean, is two heavyweight fights. While Golovkin is indeed the grooming future of PPV events in the years to come if he continues on his dominate fashion, it’s always been the heavyweights that carry the most interest in the sport of boxing.
Saturday night, in the shadows of the return of Golovkin, these two heavyweight fights are as important as they come. Undefeated rising American heavyweight Bryant Jennings will be fighting a WBC eliminator against undefeated cuban sensation Mike Perez. The winner of this fight will be the number one contender to face off against the winner of Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight championship, a fight that is supposed to take place in Novemeber or December of this year. Also, the winner of Jennings-Perez could get a shot at Wladimir Klitchsko. Klitchsko is always struggling to find sellable opponents and has expressed interest in staging a fight in the US. It is possible that a fight between the Jennings-Perez winner and Wladimir Klitchsko could happen before the Jennings-Perez winners faces the Stiverne-Wilder winner.
"HBO shows it's serious about bringing the heavyweight division back to its glory days by making this fight happen and I'm here to make a name for myself.” Jennings stated.
"I'm very happy this bout has been rescheduled. My dream is to fight for the WBC heavyweight championship and a win over Jennings will bring me that much closer,” Perez said.
Both of these fighters realize the importance of this victory, and both are expected to leave nothing on the table come Saturday night.
Across the ocean, another big heavyweight fight will be taking place with implications of a Klitchsko showdown as the undefeated Tyson Fury looks to once again derail the rising Dereck Chisora. Chisora will look to avenge the first loss of his career that he suffered to Fury, and continue to keep his five fight winning streak alive by defeating his loud mouthed nemesis. The winner of this fight will also be the number one contender to face Wladimir Klitchsko for his IBF heavyweight championship. The 6’7 Fury has been trying to get in the ring with Klitchsko for awhile now and a win against Chisora again could give him that chance.
Six fighters are looking to land their shot to dethrone the heavyweight king of boxing Wladimir Klitchsko. Four of them are fighting this weekend against each other. Jennings, Perez, Fury, and Chisora all believe they have the tools to do it, though Chisora has already failed once. The other three are looking to do something that no one has done in years, become the undisputed new heavyweight champion of the world. Regardless of belts, titles, and number one positioning the ultimate achievement in the heavyweight division is to land a shot against Wladimir Klitchsko and beat him. He is the recognized heavyweight champion. Both fights this weekend have big implications for the winner putting them one step forward, if not into the door, to square off against Klitchsko next. That is the ultimate prize and that is how important these fights are this weekend.
Fury-Chisora will be shown on AWE television in the United States. The time has yet to be released but is expected to be around 2-4pm EST. The Jennings-Perez bout will open up for Golovkin-Geale as the co-main event on HBO at 9:45pm EST.