After a tumultuous 2020 that noticed many main fights canceled or postponed, boxing is able to head into 2021. As many champions and pound-for-pound elites held on the sidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic, boxing missed out on some big-time fights. Nevertheless, because the yr went out, fighters slowly began to trickle again into the ring, albeit not in opposition to the competitors we want to see.
However with guys like Anthony Joshua, Terence Crawford, Errol Spence, Canelo Alvarez and GGG all getting in some tune-up fights, issues are trying shiny for 2021. And issues received rolling with a robust begin from Ryan Garcia, who rallied from an early knockdown to cease Luke Campbell and declare the interim WBC light-weight title. Garcia, together with Gervonta “Tank” Davis, Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney are establishing the prospects of some tasty matchups over the following 12 months within the 135-pound division.
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As we exit February and head into March, we’re contemporary off Canelo Alvarez making his return to the ring the place he made fast work of obligatory challenger Avni Yildirim at Arduous Rock Stadium in Miami. Hoping to battle 3 times this yr, Alvarez’s subsequent bout was introduced briefly order as he’s set for an excellent middleweight unification in Could in opposition to Billy Joe Saunders.
Plus, the much-anticipated return of YouTube star turned professional boxer Jake Paul is about as he takes on former two-promotion MMA welterweight champion Ben Askren in April. The cardboard may even mark the return of former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir when he makes his boxing debut, in addition to Regis Prograis taking over Ivan Redkach.
Beneath is a working record of boxing essential occasions for the 2021 yr.
Observe: This will probably be up to date consistently with adjustments and additions.
|April three||Dubai||Jamel Herring (c) vs. Carl Frampton||WBO junior light-weight title||ESPN+|
|April 10||Uncasville, Connecticut||Jaron Ennis vs. Sergey Lipinets||Welterweights||Showtime|
|April 10||Tulsa, Oklahoma||Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov||Vacant WBO gentle heavyweight title||ESPN|
|April 17||Atlanta||Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren||Cruiserweights||Triller PPV|
|April 24||Kissimmee, Florida||Emanuel Navarrete (c) vs. Christopher Diaz||WBO featherweight title||ESPN|
|Could eight||Dallas||Canelo Alvarez (c) vs. Billy Joe Saunders (c)||WBA, WBO and WBC tremendous middleweight titles||DAZN|
|Could 22||TBA||Josh Taylor (c) vs. Jose Ramirez (c)||Junior welterweight unification||ESPN/ESPN+|