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Bryant Jennings vs Mike Perez possible for HBO on May 24

Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez may meet in a May 24 matchup on HBO in a WBC heavyweight eliminator bout, but the fight is not yet a done deal.

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One of the WBC's next heavyweight title eliminators could be headed to HBO on May 24, which would pit unbeaten American Bryant Jennings against unbeaten Cuban Mike Perez, with the winner slated to face the winner of the winner of the Bermane Stiverne-Chris Arreola rematch vs Deontay Wilder. That's a real sentence and not typos. That's how it's shaped right now with the WBC and its heavyweight belt.

The fight isn't a done deal yet, but it would in theory be on the bill alongside a junior middleweight fight between James Kirkland and Willie Nelson, which it appears would be the main event. From

Although HBO said it had designs on that show, it has apparently not given the green light to the promoters to finalize things from what I was told by somebody else involved in the card. That means time is running out to secure a site, particularly on somewhat short notice and on a holiday weekend -- as the fight would be on Memorial Day weekend.

Jennings (18-0, 10 KO) defected from Main Events to Gary Shaw Productions last year, and made his HBO debut on January 25 with a TKO win over Artur Szpilka. It was a solid heavyweight scrap and showed Jennings' ability, plus a desire to finish the fight when well ahead on the cards in the final minute of the bout.

Perez (20-0-1, 12 KO) is 1-0-1 on HBO, with a big win over Magomed Abdusalamov, which was followed by a very disappointing draw with Carlos Takam on January 18 of this year in Montreal.

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