The most notable bout featuring an Asian fighter this coming Friday will see once beaten Chinese fighter Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (13-1-1, 6) battle against the big punching Fredrick Lawson (26-1, 21) of Ghana, as part of Evander Holyfield's new 8 man tournament. The bout will be the first round bout for the two men and will see Nasiyiwula make his US debut just 6 months after losing a razor thin decision in Japan, to Rikki Naito. Although relatively unknown outside of China Nasiyiwula is one of the tournaments dark horses and could see this as his chance to put himself on the boxing map. Lawson on the other hand will be having his 6th US bout and will be looking to build on wins against the likes of Ray Narh and Breidis Prescott. Although a big puncher Lawson has been stopped himself, with Kevin Bizier stopping him in 10 rounds back in 2015. Since his loss Lawson has picked up two low key wins, one back in Ghana and on in the US. This should see both men answering questions about their ability, toughness and potential, and for those reasons alone this is a really interesting bout, and of course both men will be looking to progress in the tournament and move towards a WBC top 15 world ranking.
In Asia it's self there is a relatively low key card in Baku, which is actually headlined by two non Asian fighters and features a number of locals in low profile bouts.
The main event of the card will see South African Kevin Lerena (20-1, 9) take on German based Ukrainian Roman Golovashchenko (19-1-0-1, 17) in a bout for the IBO Cruiserweight title. Coming in to this Larena is riding a 9 fight winning, with victories over notable fighters like Micki Nielsen, Youri Kayembre Kalenga and Dmytro Kucher, as well as avenging his sole loss to Johnny Muller. As for Golovashchenko he is unbeaten in 16, including a no-contest against Yakup Saglam. The Ukrainian looks the bigger puncher on paper but hasn't really faced anyone of note and this is actually a big step up for him, but a chance for him to prove himself.
Other fighters on this card include Azeri born German based Russian, yes we know that's rather confusing, Vusal Aliev (18-0, 10), Azeri born German Rashad Karimov (30-3, 26) and once beaten Baku local Malik Mammadzada (12-1, 7) all facing late notice opponents.