There isn't a great deal of Asian action this coming Friday, but there is a Heavyweight bout of some note, as Uzbek fighter Akhror Muralimov (16-3, 13) takes on American fighter Bryant Jennings (21-2, 12). The Uzbek was once a touted hopeful, who was 16-0 (13) and had shown some promise with stoppage wins over Olanrewaju Durodola and Jason Bergman but has lost his last 3 bouts and is more than 3 years removed from his last win. Jennings on the other hand is a former world title challenger who has mixed with elite fighters, losing only to Luis Ortiz and Wladimir Klitschko and scoring wins over solid foes like Mike Perez, Artur Szpilka and Andrey Fedosov. The bout really is a must win for both but it's fair to say Jennings will be heavily backed in this cross roads bout.
Also on this card will be debuting Kazakh Sagadat Rakhmankulov (0-0), who will be up against American foe Noel Esqueda (8-4-2, 6). The American has a less than great record on paper, but has been matched hard, taking on the likes of Kent Cruz, Dillon Cook and Jarrett Rouse when they were all unbeaten and he is a very tough first foe, on paper, for the Kazakh.