Gennady Golovkin defends his imitation version of the WBA middleweight title against Japan's Makoto Fuchigami, and WBO junior middleweight titlist Zaurbek Baysangurov is also in action, facing 22-year-old Frenchman Michel Soro33. We'll be here with live results and round-by-round coverage, even though we're a bit late and the show itself has already started on BoxNation in the UK.
Golovkin (22-0, 19 KO) is in theory looking to finally win and get his crack at WBA "super" titlist Felix Sturm, or one of the other top middleweights, but well, it doesn't seem likely. The 30-year-old Golovkin is getting a bit too old for this shit in some ways, as he's not a young, blue chip prospect, and but rather at this point, a six-year veteran who has been calling himself world champion for a year and a half despite lousy competition that apparently isn't threatening to get any better.
Fuchigami (19-6, 10 KO) is a 28-year-old scrapper who had a brawl in December with Koji Sato, which may be his most notable win. Fuchigami hasn't lost a fight since 2009, a run of nine straight wins, eight by stoppage.
Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KO) was a promising fighter before his December 2008 TKO loss to Cornelius Bundrage, which set him back a bit in the minds of many. But Bundrage has since then gone on a good run of his own, and now holds the IBF 154-pound belt, so perhaps Zaurbek didn't take that much of a hit that night after all. He's gone 7-0 since then, though against lower-mid-tier opposition, with his better wins against the likes of Richard Gutierrez and Mike Miranda. At 27, the Russian is a fringe contender at 154, really, a back end top ten sort of guy.
Soro (18-0, 11 KO) is young. At 22, he's only had one fight scheduled for 12 (he won a UD-12), and two fights scheduled for 10 (TKOs in 4 and 6). I admit I know nothing about him. For all I know, we're about to seeing boxing's next great star. Or some dude from France.