This weeks boxing news has been almost entirely around one story, a heavyweight story of massive proportions. That was that Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13) had been forced out of his rematch with heated rival Tyson Fury (22-0, 16) due to a hand injury suffered late in training. Despite Chisora being forced out Fury has found a suitable replacement to be his opponent on the same show, the gigantic Alexander Ustinov (29-1, 21). Whilst it's good to see Fury in action, especially against a man his own size, it's a shame that we won't get to see the Brits colliding this week in what was, by far, the best bout of the weekend in regards to the division.
On the same card as the Fury/Ustinov bout fans will also get the chance to see Fury's stablemate Eddie Chambers (29-4, 21) in action against a former Fury opponent. Chambers, who has been working with Peter Fury for his last few fights, will be expected to do a number on Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento (17-6, 15) but the bout is a big step up compared to Chambers's recent opponents.
Whilst the most significant bout the of the day is off we do get another very important bout in the US as unbeaten fighters collide. In one corner is American hopeful Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10), a man some in the US view as the most promising active American in the division, in the other corner will be talented Cuban Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12). The men, battling for a WBC title shot will know that everything is at stake and hopefully we'll see the best from both men, though many do worry that Perez is only a shadow of the fighter he once was.
Staying in the US there is a swathe of Heavyweight action across the various levels. Amongst those bouts is a contest between Jason Bergman (23-10-2, 16) and the unbeaten Justin Jones (15-0-1, 9). This bout will be the second defence of the NABA USA Heavyweight title currently held by Bergman.
Another US title bout will see Jason Estrada (20-4, 6) fighting against yet another unbeaten fighter in the form of Steve Vukosa (8-0, 4). The bout, for the vacant USA New England Heavyweight title, looks good on paper but in reality Vukosa is a 37 year old who hasn't fought in in over a decade, needless to say he shouldn't have a chance, despite his pretty record.
Another low level bout in the US will feature the "stop or be stopped" Chris Vendola (6-5, 6) who has still never seen the final bell of a fight.
In Germany the very promising Tom Schwarz (7-0, 5) will be looking for win #8 as he takes on Olegs Lopajevs (8-9, 7) in a good test for Schwarz who is widely regarded as one of the best prospects in Europe, even if his hype is somewhat downplayed compared to Britain's Anthony Joshua.
On a separate German card there will be 4 bouts. One of those will see he unbeaten Agit Kabayel (10-0, 7) battling against the win-less Peter Boehm (0-4) in a complete mismatch. Another of the bouts will be an all debutant bout between Blerim Hajdari (0-0) and Sead Kahrovic (0-0). A third lower level under-card bout will feature Birkan Akyol (3-0, 1) fighting against Sascha Brinkmann (0-1). From what we understand British veteran Danny Williams (46-22-0-1, 35)
In Latvia of all places fans will get the chance to see Konstantin Airich (21-8-2, 17) taking on Denis Bakhtov (37-9, 25) in a solid sub-European level fight. Both of these two were once capable of scoring wins over fringe European level fighters.
In Brazil we expect to see veteran Raphael Zumbano Love (34-8-1, 27) in action and Mateus Roberto Osorio (6-1, 6) also in action, though neither man has yet to have his opponent announced.
In Australia novice professional Herman Ene Purcell (2-2, 1) fighting against Kyle Brumby (3-9-2, 1) in a 3 rounder.
Finally fans in New Caledonia will get the chance to see the unbeaten Temoo Tamaititahio (5-0, 3) battling against Tafa Misipati (1-3). This is a rematch between men who fought last year in a bout that Tamaitahio won by 6 round decision.