By News Team
10th June 2021
Whilst several big fights are already behind us, there remain a number of huge upcoming boxing fights in 2021. How does the boxing schedule look, and what big boxing fights are coming up next?
We take a look below at the upcoming boxing schedule and preview the major boxing events in 2021.
Biggest boxing fights to watch out for
Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder III (WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Heavyweight titles) – July 24, Las Vegas, USA
While it may have once looked certain that we would get the British heavyweight showdown of a lifetime, instead Tyson Fury must defend his WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal belts against hard-hitting American Deontay Wilder.
It will be the third, and potentially final time these two have met in the ring. The first was a classic that famously saw Fury rise from the canvas to answer a 10-count late in the 12th round and earning himself a draw, before dominating the second fight and finishing Wilder in the seventh round.
Whether or not Wilder can plug the holes that Fury exploited in his game will be the story of their third encounter as well as if either will suffer from the ring rust of not having fought since their second meeting in February 2020. Regardless of if Fury wins to set up a meeting with Anthony Joshua, or Wilder is able to spoil the party, it’s set to be another incredible night of heavyweight boxing.
Manny Pacquiao v Errol Spence Jr. (WBC and IBF Welterweight titles) – August 21, Venue TBC, Las Vegas
There are only a few fighters remaining in the sport that harbour as much attention as the ‘Pacman’ Manny Pacquiao. Such is his global appeal, and like many others that came before him, a Pacquiao fight always feels like a major sporting event.
This one will be no different as he takes on unified Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. The undefeated American returned to the ring in December 2020 after recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash to beat Danny Garcia via unanimous decision but could be in for the toughest test of his career against the wily Filipino veteran.
Pacquiao won the WBA welterweight belt after a contentious decision victory over Keith Thurman in July 2019 and a win in this one would see him become the oldest fighter to unify three world titles at the age of 42.
Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk (WBA, WBO, IBF & IBO Heavyweight titles) – Date TBC, Venue TBC, London, UK
Whilst Fury will face Wilder, it now seems Anthony Joshua will put his belts on the line against former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. Although not yet confirmed, the fight is expected to take place in September at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
Joshua has not fought since retaining his heavyweight titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev via ninth-round knockout in December 2020. Although only having fought twice at heavyweight, Ukrainian challenger Usyk is as skilled as they come and impressed many with his unanimous decision victory over Derek Chisora in October last year.
Like Fury, Joshua will look to surpass his latest opponent in order to set up a heavyweight unification bout for some time in 2022.
Full 2021 Boxing Schedule
Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom – June 12, Newcastle, UK
- Lewis Ritson v Jeremias Ponce (Super-Lightweight)
Bob Arum’s Top Rank – June 12, Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas, USA
- Shakur Stevenson v Jeremiah Nakathila (WBO ‘Interim’ Super-Featherweight title)
Triller Fight Club – June 19, Venue TBC, Miami, USA
- Teofimo Lopez v George Kambosos Jr (WBA, WBC ‘Franchise’, IBF & WBO Lightweight titles)
Bob Arum’s Top Rank – June 19, Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas, USA
- Naoya Inoue v Michael Dasmarinas (WBA & IBF Bantamweight titles)
Al Haymon’s PBC – June 19, Venue TBC, USA
- Jermall Charlo v Juan Macias Montiel (WBC Middleweight title)
Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy – June 19, Don Haskins Center, Texas, USA
- Jaime Munguia v Kamil Szeremeta (Middleweight)
- Bektemir Melikuziev v Gabriel Rosado (Super-Middleweight)
Al Haymon’s PBC – June 26, Venue TBC, USA
- Gervonta Davis v Mario Barrios (WBA ‘Regular’ Super-Lightweight title)
- Erickson Lubin v Jeison Rosario (Super-Welterweight)
Bob Arum’s Top Rank – June 26, Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas, USA
- Vasyl Lomachenko vs Masayoshi Nakatani (Lightweight)
Al Haymon’s PBC – July 3, Venue TBC, USA
- Chris Colbert v Yuriorkis Gamboa (WBA ‘Interim’ Super-Featherweight title)
Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy – July 9, Banc of California Stadium, LA, USA
- Gilberto Ramirez v Sullivan Barrera (Light-Heavyweight)
- Jojo Diaz v Javier Fortuna (Lightweight)
Al Haymon’s PBC – July 17, Venue TBC, USA
- Jermell Charlo v Brian Castano (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO Super-Welterweight titles)
Bob Arum’s Top Rank – July 24, Venue TBC, Las Vegas, USA
Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder III (WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Heavyweight titles)
Al Haymon’s PBC – August 14, Venue TBC, USA
- John Riel Casimero v Guillermo Rigondeaux (WBO Bantamweight title)
Al Haymon’s PBC – August 21, Venue TBC, Las Vegas
- Manny Pacquiao v Errol Spence Jr. (WBC and IBF Welterweight titles)
Al Haymon’s PBC – August 28, Venue TBC, USA
- David Benavidez v Jose Uzcategui (Super-Middleweight)
Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom – Date TBC, Venue TBC, London, UK
- Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk (WBA, WBO, IBF & IBO Heavyweight titles)