Boxing Schedule: Upcoming heavyweight fights

There is little hope of seeing  Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua any time soon but the boxing schedule in the heavyweight division still has some intriguing matchups on it.

The British world champions had been due to meet in Saudi Arabia in August with potentially an immediate rematch in November or December. But then Wilder won an arbitration ruling to force Fury to accept their trilogy match after all.

Subsequent to that Joshua lost his titles to Oleksandr Usyk, scuppering for now any chance of that all-British unification match. Fury meanwhile successfully defended in an epic fight vs Wilder.

Now we wait for boxing’s political machinations to play out – Dillian Whyte is hoping the WBC will order Fury to face him as the mandatory challenge. AJ meanwhile is set to rematch Usyk early in 2022.

There are plenty of other great upcoming fights to look forward on a Friday or Saturday night – here is the heavyweight schedule as it stands.

Upcoming boxing fights: Heavyweights

Here is how the heavyweight division currently looks from a scheduling perspective – including every major heavyweight fight:

Jared Anderson (10-0) vs Oleksandr Teslenko (17-1)

Date: December 11, 2021
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York
TV: ESPN, ESPN + (US), Sky Sports (UK)
Current odds: –

The hugely promising Anderson improved to 10-0 with a easy demolition of the overmatched Vladimir Tereshkin on the Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard in Las Vegas in October. The 22-year-old ‘Big Baby’ is seen by many (Bob Arum included, obviously) as the future of the heavyweight division and his mixture of speed and power should be way too much for Canada-based Ukrainian Teslenko. Well worth watching this one to see the progression of Anderson.

Joseph Parker (29-2) vs Dereck Chisora (32-11) 2

Date: Saturday December 18, 2021
Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
TV: DAZN (except New Zealand and Samoa)
Current odds: –

Parker and Chisora will do it all again some seven months after their first meeting at the same venue in Manchester. That night Parker need to really pull out all the stops to claim a wafer-thin split decision after being planted on the canvas just seven seconds into the fight. Chisora at 37 is rolling back the years after previously giving Oleksandr Usyk a stern examination so it would be no surprise if we get another close one.

Luis Ortiz (32-2) vs Charles Martin (28-2-1)

Date: January 1, 2022
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida
TV: FOX Sports (US)
Current odds: –

This one is being billed as a final eliminator for the IBF heavyweight title currently held by Usyk, and there are plenty of reasons to watch. Ortiz, now 42, has not been out since November 2020 while Martin’s last bout came pre-pandemic in early 2020 when he stopped Gerald Washington. Ortiz remains the bogey man in the heavyweight division – his only losses were knockouts by Deontay Wilder after being ahead on the cards. We expect him to win – assuming Old Father Time has not yet caught up with the Cuban star.

Frank Sanchez (19-0) vs Carlos Negron (25-3)

Date: January 1, 2022
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida
TV: FOX Sports (US)
Current odds: –

Sanchez looks to continue his move towards the heavyweight elite with a showdown against former Puerto Rican Olympian Negron on the big New Year’s Day card in Florida. Frank was extremely impressive – at least technically – in nullifying the threat from big-punching Efe Ajagba in their showdown on the Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard in Las Vegas. We’d like to see a little more aggression this time out, but there is no doubting the boxing skills of Eddy Reynoso’s big heavyweight hope.

Gerald Washington (20-4-1) vs Ali Eren Demirezen (14-1)

Date: January 1, 2022
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida
TV: FOX Sports (US)
Current odds: –

Washington is 2-4 since stepping up to the heavyweight elite when he fought for Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title in 2017, all coming against fighters who have been top-15 ranked at some stage. He is still dangerous though – proved by that 2019 victory over Robert Helenius. Demirezen meanwhile has won three straight since suffering his sole pro loss at the hands of the aforementioned Ajagba. Interesting scrap to beef up a Florida card stacked with heavyweight interest.

Tony Yoka (11-0) vs Carlos Takam (39-6-1)

Date: January 15, 2022
Venue: Accor Arena, Paris
TV: –
Current odds: –

Fascinating scrap this between two Frenchman at different ends of their professional careers. Yoka, the 2016 Olympic super-heavyweight champion, is being brought along quietly and always appears to have plenty of quality in reserve. The ageing warhorse Takam meanwhile can still bang with the best of them, but his ability to take a punch might be on the wane. As evidenced by his last outing – a stoppage loss to Joe Joyce in July in the UK.

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Boxing Schedule: Heavyweight fighters without a confirmed next fight date

Tyson Fury (31-0-1): The WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight king is likely to be ordered to face WBC mandatory Dillian Whyte next after seeing off Wilder in their epic trilogy match in Vegas in October. Reports suggest he would rather face Usyk for all the marbles, but we must wait to see how boxing’s political machinations play out on that.

Anthony Joshua (24-2): AJ lost his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles for a second time in September when Usyk completely outboxed and outfought him in a fascinating scrap at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Now the pair are set for a rematch in the spring of 2022 – with AJ potentially having a new-look corner. Can he become a three-time heavyweight champion?

Oleksandr Usyk (19-0): The brilliant Ukrainian proved once and for all that he can truly hang in boxing’s marquee weight class when he defeated Joshua in his own back yard to become a world heavyweight champion. The former cruiserweight king is now set to rematch AJ in early 2022.

Deontay Wilder (42-2-1): Wilder may have lost to Fury for a second time in October, but he came away from that with his reputation very much enhanced. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ again had ‘The Gypsy King’ on the floor twice but could not close the show. He then showed admirable guts and cojones to hang in with a dominant Fury until Round 11. There are still a ton of top fights out there for Deontay – if he wants them.

Dillian Whyte (28-2): ‘The Body Snatcher’ is currently recovering from the shoulder injury which saw his scheduled October 30 match with dangerous Swede Otto Wallin cancelled a couple of weeks out. The WBC recently failed to order Fury vs Whyte for their heavyweight title, so we wait to see what comes next for the Brixton man.

Andy Ruiz Jr (34-2): Ruiz – some 27lbs lighter than he was for that miserable rematch showing against Anthony Joshua – returned in early May from a 17-month absence to face Cali warhorse Chris Arreola. Andy was down in the second and in trouble in the third before fighting back to take a comfortable decision. He still has questions to answer, but the high motor and fast hands are very much still there. We’d love to see potential showdowns with Wilder, Whyte or Luis Ortiz.

Joe Joyce (13-0): ‘The Juggernaut’ is now knocking hard on the door at the top end of the heavyweight division after enhancing his reputation during the pandemic – notably by bursting the bubble of Daniel Dubois and then stopping French warhorse Takam in July. A nightmare matchup for anybody – granite chin, come-forward style, heavy hands and endless stamina.

Michael Hunter (20-1-1): An easy demolition of the overmatched Mike Wilson at MSG in August told us little we didn’t already know. Hunter is a bona fide threat to all at heavyweight. Now we want to see him in a real fight again.

Filip Hrgovic (13-0): The Croatian was impression in his first outing of 2021 as he demolished the hitherto unbeaten Marko Radonjic on a DAZN card in Klagenfurt, Austria. Radonjic came in with a 22-0 record and 22 KOs, but the quality of the opposition was highly questionable. Hrgovic was a very easy winner but will have been grateful to at least get back into the ring. He had been lined up for an IBF final eliminator earlier this year but none of the top 15 wanted a piece of him.

Robert Helenius (31-3): The tough Finn is right back in the heavyweight mix after showing his previous win over Adam Kownacki was no fluke by easily prevailing in their Vegas rematch on the Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard. We await his next move with interest.

Adam Kownacki (20-2): In early 2020 the then unbeaten Kownacki was one of the bright young things of the heavyweight division. Back-t0-back stoppage losses to Helenius though mean his career at the top level is in some doubt right now.

Efe Ajagba (15-1): The big-punching Nigerian looked completely befuddled by the speed and technical skills of Sanchez when their match of two unbeaten prospects went down on the Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard. Now he must rebuild and work on the problems that left him unable to pull the trigger against ‘The Cuban Flash’.

Otto Wallin (22-1): The Swede is now waiting to find out what comes next after his showdown with Whyte was cancelled at the 11th hour. He’s a dangerous man just outside the very top level of the division – having given Fury all he could handle in their Vegas showdown in 2019.

Kubrat Pulev (28-2): At the age of 39, appears to be done at world-title level after a crushing ninth-round knockout at the hands of Joshua in London in December. The road back to those rarified levels may be too long for the tough Bulgarian.

Junior Fa (19-1): Lost his unbeaten record but enhanced his reputation in a points defeat by Joseph Parker in Auckland in February. Showed really savvy and ringcraft in that defeat, and frustrated the heavy favourite Parker for long periods. Future appears to be bright after proving his ability to mix it at a higher level.

Oscar Rivas (27-1): Returned from a long absence to dispose of the overmatched Sylvera Louis. Appears to be out of the heavyweight picture for now though with a challenge for the new WBC Bridgerweight title against Bryant Jennings slated for June 19.

Dominic Breazeale (20-3): Recent defeat by Wallin was his first that did not come in a world-title fight. Exposed at the highest level previously by Joshua and Wilder. Difficult to see him again reaching those heights.

Zhilei Zhang (22-0-1): ‘Big Bang’ lost his perfect record when he completely fell to pieces physically in the second half of his draw with Jerry Forrest in February. That just illustrated the flaws we already felt were there. The dream of a showdown with Anthony Joshua in Beijing seems some way off right now.

Daniel Dubois (16-1): Returned from a seven-month absence after that shock defeat by Joyce to knockout Romanian Bogdan Dinu inside two rounds. As well as giving Dubois the WBA interim heavyweight title, the win will have been a real confidence booster as he charts a path towards a world title shot after recovering from a horrific eye injury sustained against Joyce.

Agit Kabayel (21-0): The unbeaten German stayed perfect with a comfortable unanimous decision against the tough Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson in Magdeburg in June. He was always on top and showed a good engine and lovely combinations, but didn’t have the artillery to really test the granite chin of Johnson.

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