Luis Ortiz and Charles Martin will welcome in the New Year with a big heavyweight fight on pay-per-view tonight.
The hard-hitting duo will take to the ring in Florida in the early hours of Sunday morning in a bout that should set up a world title eliminator with Filip Hrgovic for next year.
It’s the first big professional fight of the year, and could set up a fascinating 12 months in the heavyweight division as promoters and fighters look to ease up the log jam at the top of the weight class.
They are both looking at their last shot at getting back to the top of the division, and a loss for either could spell retirement.
In the co-main event, Christian Hammer is back in the ring after his loss to Hughie Fury to face up-and-comer Frank Sanchez.
Here’s all you need to know about tonight’s fights…
Luis Ortiz vs. Charles Martin
Frank Sanchez vs. Christian Hammer
Jonnie Rice vs. Michael Coffie 2
Gerald Washington vs. Ali Eren Demirezen
Viktor Faust vs. Iago Kiladze
Frank Martin vs. Romero Duno
What time will the fights start?
The preliminary fights will get underway at 10pm UK time with the main event likely to start shortly after 4.30am on Sunday morning.
These times are subject to change depending on how the undercard unfolds.
How to watch via TV and live stream
UK viewers can catch the fight live on streaming service FITE TV. The event which you can purchase here has been set at a price point of $12.99, or around £10.
Coverage of the main PPV card begins at 1am and can also be accessed through its iOS and Android mobile apps, Apple TV, Android TV, ROKU, Amazon Fire TV and Huawei apps.
Ortiz – 1/4
Martin – 5/2
Draw – 25/1
Ortiz: “I’m very thankful for this great opportunity that my team has set me up with on Saturday night. It’s exciting to be able to give the fans a great show.
“When somebody says they’re going to knock me out, it just makes me laugh and smile.
“Everybody says that. But you’re facing a fighter who has been through it before, so you can try your best.
“I’m glad that he’s saying that he’s going to knock me out. He’s coming with bad intentions and so am I.
“Anyone can land the big shot, but it’s going to be me with my hand-raised Saturday night.
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Martin : “I’m so excited for this fight. This is a great opportunity and I’m thankful for this chance that I have. It’s great to be displayed as the headliner.
“PBC has faith in me and I’m going to go out and show why.
“I’ve been working hard in the gym day in and day out. It’s like second nature to me. I’m ready to let my hands speak. I’m going to be very skillful in there.
“This is going to be a great fight. You don’t really see two southpaws too often in the heavyweight division. You’re going to see some really good boxing in this fight.
“You’re going to get a knockout in this fight. We’re not going to go 12 rounds. I know I’m going to knock him out.”