Terence Crawford will put his WBO welterweight title on the line when he takes on David Avanesyan this weekend in his home state of Nebraska.
It had been hoped undefeated Crawford would face off against undisputed WBA (Super), WBC and IBF champion Errol Spence Jr in a hotly-anticipated unification bout for his next fight, but negotiations on that fell through.
'Bud' will instead now face European welterweight title holder Avanesyan, who will be fighting for his first world belt since he lost the WBA (Regular) welterweight title to Lamont Peterson in February 2017.
The fight between Terence Crawford and David Avanesyan is scheduled to take place during the early hours of Sunday morning, with ring walks planned for 04:00 UK time, although that could change depending on the length of the undercard fights.
The preliminary card is due to get underway at 22:30 UK time on Saturday night.
The fight is taking place in Crawford's home state of Nebraska at the CHI Health Center in Omaha.
This is the first time Crawford will have fought at the venue since he claimed the first defence of his WBO welterweight title by stopping Jose Benavidez Jr in the final round of their contest in October 2018.
The fight will not be shown on TV in the UK, but it is available on the American streaming site BLK Prime for a one-off fee of $39.99.
Crawford is the overwhelming favourite to successfully defend his WBO welterweight title at odds of 1/16, while Avanesyan is to spring a surprise by beating the champion in his own backyard.
It is 1/7 that Crawford secures the win by KO, TKO or disqualification, while Avanesyan is to triumph in the same manner.
Yes. Crawford will be putting his WBO welterweight title on the line this weekend. The 35-year-old first claimed the belt with victory over Jeff Horn in June 2018 and has since mounted five successful defences, including stopping both Amir Khan and Kell Brook.
Crawford is rated as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the business and boasts a 38-0 record that includes 29 victories via KO or TKO, with each of his last nine fights failing to go the distance.
'Bud' has held world titles in three different weight classes and he was the undisputed light welterweight champion prior to making the step up to the welterweight division after claiming a third-round KO of Julius Indongo during their unification bout in August 2017.
The Nebraskan then beat Horn to land the WBO welterweight title and has since dispatched Khan, Brook, Benavidez Jr, Egidijus Kavaliauskas and most recently Shawn Porter to retain that belt.
His bout with Porter in November 2021 was the last time Crawford stepped into the ring and he will be hoping to show no signs of rust against Avanesyan.
Russian fighter Avanesyan holds a 29-3-1 record and he was the WBA (Regular) welterweight champion before losing that belt to Peterson.
That defeat was followed by a loss to Kavaliauskas in February 2018, but he has recovered from that sixth-round stoppage by winning his last six fights, which includes victories over British pair Josh Kelly and Liam Taylor.
Avanesyan's most recent fight was his first-round stoppage of Oskari Metz in March 2022, as he successfully defended his European welterweight title for a fifth time.
MMA fighter Cris Cyborg is one of the main attractions on the undercard to this bout, as she will face Gabby Holloway over four rounds in the Women's Super Welterweight division.
This will be Cyborg's second professional boxing match after she claimed a unanimous decision victory over Simone Silva in her first bout in September.
There are six other fights on the undercard, including the featherweight contest between Arnold Khegai and Eduardo Baez, as well as Jeremiah Milton facing off against Dajuan Calloway.
Steven Nelson will face James Ballard in a light heavyweight contest, while in the same division Edel Gomez and Joseph Aguilar will lock horns.
At welterweight level Boubacar Sylla will take on Javier Mayoral, while the night will begin with the junior featherweight contest between Robert Rodriguez and Jose Lopez.