In 2021, boxing continues. After seeing many stars compete in the tough year of 2020 without competing or only once, the new year has seen some fighters with great success.
Look no further than the king of pounds, Canelo Alvarez himself. The Mexican star has already made a couple of knockouts, with Avni Yildirim easily stopped in February before another stop by Billy Joe Saunders in May. Now, Alvarez hopes to make an appointment with Caleb Plant in September to become a middleweight division champion.
In addition, Philippine legend Nonito Donaire threw back the clock and stopped Nordine Oubaali from regaining the WBC weightlifting title in May. Donair broke the record for the old man who won a major tournament at the age of 38. Retired legendary champion Floyd Mayweather went a long way with social media star Logan Paul in June.
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Summer will bring us more exciting activities. Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr. the expected welterweight between the joint champions is scheduled for Aug. 21 in Las Vegas. Pacquiao hasn’t struggled since winning an amazing decision against Keith Thurman in July 2019, as Spence got his first win in a year against Danny Garcia in December, after a horrific car accident.
Former Youtube star Youtube is back at the end of August, as Jake Paul will play against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in Cleveland. Paul has crossed the first three opponents of his career, but Woodley has presented the first real challenge with a respectable power and standup game.
Despite the delay due to COVID-19, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will finally get the score in October when they meet inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was scheduled for July 24, when Wilder gave him a third fight after an arbitration ruling, in which Fury wanted to reconcile with Anthony Joshua. But Fury tested positive for COVID-19 while he was in training and delayed the date by nearly three months.
Below is a list of the top 2021 boxing events.
Note: This will be constantly updated with changes and add-ons.
|July 24||London||Joe Joyce Vs. Carlos Takam||Heavy weights||TBA|
|August 14||Carson, California||John Riel Casimero (c) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux||WBO weight bantam title||Show time|
|August 14||Tulsa||Joshua Franco (c) vs. Andrew Moloney||WBA “regular” junior weight bantam title||ESPN / ESPN +|
|August 21||Las Vegas||Errol Spence Jr. (c) vs. Manny Pacquiao||WBC / IBF weight welterweight title||PPV|
|August 28||TBA||David Benavidez vs. Jose Uzcategui||WBC super middleweight title||Show time|
|August 29||Cleveland, Ohio||Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley||Cruiser weights||Showtime PPV|
|September 4||Leeds, England||Josh Warrington vs Mauricio Lara||Feather weights||DAZN|
|September 10||Tucson, Arizona||Oscar Valdez (c) vs. Robson Conceicao||WBC junior lightweight title||TBD|
|September 11||TBD||Stephen Fulton, Jr. vs. Brandon Figueora||Bantamweight super unification||Show time|
|September 11||Las Vegas||Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort||Special exhibition||Triller PPV|
|September 25||London||Anthony Joshua (c) vs Oleksandr Usyk||Combined heavyweight titles||DAZN|
|October 9||Las Vegas||Tyson Fury (c) vs. Deontay Wilder||WBC heavyweight title||ESPN / FOX PPV|