ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes will present exclusive coverage in the U.S. of the 12-round WBC World Heavyweight title eliminator between contenders Alexander Povetkin (28-1-1, 20 KOs) and Mike Pérez (21-1-0, 13 KOs) on Friday, May 22. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight belt. The card, from Moscow is presented by K2 Promotions.
ESPN3 will carry the fight live and will also include additional live undercard bouts beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will televise the fight on tape-delay at 9 p.m. leading into the Boxcino 2015 finals on the series finale of ESPN Friday Night Fights. ESPN Deportes will also televise the fight on tape-delay at 9 p.m. leading into its Noche de Combates telecast.
ESPN2 and ESPN3’s presentation will utilize the English-language world feed. Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodríguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes, while Leopoldo González and Claudia Trejos will co-anchor the studio.
ESPN3’s live presentation will also include:
· The 12-round WBC World Cruiserweight title fight between titleholder Grigory Drozd (39-1, 27 KOs) and Lukasz Janik;
· A cruiserweight bout between 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev (22-1, 17 KOs) and undefeated Junior Wright (13-0-1, 11 KOs);
· A cruiserweight matchup between undefeated Dmitry Kudryashov (17-0, 17 KOs) and Vikapita Meroro (28-4, 14 KOs).