Heavyweight contenders Alexander Povetkin and Mike Perez will be fighting in title eliminator live from Moscow this Friday. Well, "live" depending on how you choose to watch the fight. Povetkin-Perez will be be streamed live via WatchESPN and there will be a tape delay broadcast later in the day on ESPN2, leading into the Boxcino tournament championships, which will also mark the final installment of Friday Night Fights.
The WatchESPN stream of the fight will feature commentary from BoxNation's broadcast, and it's suggested that Joe Tessetore and Teddy Atlas may do the commentary for the tape delay broadcast on ESPN2. The winner between Povetkin-Perez will be named the mandatory challenger for the winner between Deontay Wilder and Eric Molina (so most likely Wilder).
"Irish" Mike Perez (21-1-1, 13 KOs) is a Cuban defector now taking up residence in Ireland. He lost a split decision in his previous title eliminator bout against Bryant Jennings last July, but has since got back in the win column with a second round knockout over journeyman Darnell Wilson. He is probably most well known for the unfortunate fight he had with Magomed Abdusalamov in November 2013, a fight that left Abdusaloamov with a severe and debilitating brain bleed that promptly ended his career and changed his life forever.
Alexander Povetkin (28-1, 20 KOs) is coming into the fight off two straight knockouts over Manuel Charr and Carlos Takam after being bested by Wladimir Klitschko about a year-and-a-half ago in dominating fashion.