The fate of three championship belts could be decided on Saturday, as two elite boxers defend their titles. In the United Kingdom, young British heavyweight Anthony Joshua defends his IBF heavyweight title in Manchester, England, against undefeated Eric Molina, while superstar junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford faces challenger John Molina Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska.
Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs), among the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, will fight for his third victory of 2016 and a sixth consecutive title defense.
But the 29-year-old must first face Molina (29-6, 23 KOs), who's earned the nickname "The Gladiator" for good reasons. Molina, 33, most recently held off hard-hitting Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia in a unanimous decision in June and went the distance in a decision defeat to Adrien Broner in 2015.
But Crawford does not seem too worried.
"I did a number on Hank Lundy, the kind that nobody else was able to do," Crawford said while speaking to ESPN. "I unified the title against [Viktor] Postol, a guy everybody said was almost as good as I was. I am an undefeated champion and was fighting a guy [Postol] coming off a knockout win against [Lucas] Matthysse and I totally dominated him.
"Now I'm fighting another guy coming off an impressive win, a No. 1 contender, and a win over him should convince people that I am fighter of the year."
Before that bout, Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) will seek his third win of the year against the powerful and No. 10 ranked Molina (25-3, 19 KOs), who's won five of his last six bouts via knockouts.
At a press conference Friday, Joshua called Molina a "real challenger" and promised "blood, sweat and tears" while Molina promised an entertaining match that could result in someone hitting the canvas.
"This will be a heavyweight slugfest but it's a two-way street, he can hurt me and I can hurt him," Molina told the BBC. "The knockout could be quick, it could be slow - let's see how it pans out."
Joshua vs. Molina
Start Time: Showtime begins coverage at 5:30 p.m. ET; the fight is expected to start after 6:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: SkySports Box Office (U.K.), Showtime (U.S.)
Crawford vs. Molina
Start Time: The event starts at 9:35 p.m. ET, but the main event likely won?t begin until after 11:15 p.m. ET
TV Channel: HBO