Boxing Schedule: Upcoming heavyweight fights as Joshua vs Ngannou LOOMS LARGE

The ‘Day of Reckoning’ is now in the rearview mirror and now we can look forward to an EVEN BETTER start to 2024 for heavyweight boxing.

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The fights that fans have craved for years are finally happening and soon we should get the biggest one of all – Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk for all of the marbles. We will need to wait a little while longer though after that one was postponed after Fury sustained ‘a freak cut’ in sparring.

If that wasn’t enough, then we get Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou on March 8, with Joseph Parker vs Zhilei Zhang on the undercard. WOW…

Upcoming boxing fights: Heavyweights

Here is how the heavyweight division currently looks from a scheduling perspective:

Anthony Joshua (27-3) vs Francis Ngannou (0-1)

Date: Friday March 8, 2024
Ring Walks: 2230 UK, 2330 CET, 1730 EST, 1430 PST
Venue:  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
TV: DAZN PPV (UK, US, Global), Sky Sports Box Office (UK)
Odds: 1/4 Joshua, 7/2 Ngannou, 25/1 Draw

So, Joshua will lock horns with former UFC heavyweight king Francis Ngannou in his next fight, again back in Saudi Arabia. Rather than Zhilei Zhang or Filip Hrgovic, AJ faces a potentially bigger draw than either of those two, with less of a risk. Ngannou’s star as a boxer may never be higher than it is now, following his terrific showing in his pro debut vs Fury back in October. Time for everybody to cash in.

Joseph Parker (34-3) vs Zhilei Zhang (26-1-1)

Date: Friday March 8, 2024
Ring Walks: 2230 UK, 2330 CET, 1730 EST, 1430 PST
Venue:  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
TV: DAZN PPV (UK, US, Global), Sky Sports Box Office (UK)
Odds: 8/15 Zhang, 19/10 Parker, 18/1 Draw

Yet another terrific heavyweight fight in what is developing into a golden age thanks to ‘Riyadh Season’. This one features two men very much on the rise on the back of impressive victories. Parker of course stunned Deontay Wilder on that ‘Day of Reckoning’ card with a career-best performance to carve out a convincing decision victory. Zhang meanwhile is coming off back-to-back victories over the previously unbeaten Joe Joyce. This should be a beauty.

Filip Hrgovic (17-0) vs tbc

Date: Friday March 8, 2024
Ring Walks: tbc
Venue:  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
TV: DAZN PPV (UK, US, Global), Sky Sports Box Office (UK)
Odds: tbc

Hrgovic offered to step in and face Usyk after Tyson Fury pulled out of that February 17 date with a cut eye. That came to nothing, but the unbeaten Croat does get a nice consolation prize with a huge fight in the offing on the Joshua vs Ngannou undercard on March 8. The potential opponents right now are: Daniel Dubois; Jarrell Miller; Martin Bakole; Agit Kabayel; Frank Sanchez (it appears Jared Anderson is no longer an option, more on that to come).

Justis Huni (8-0) vs Kevin Lerena (30-2)

Date: Friday March 8, 2024
Ring Walks: tbc
Venue:  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
TV: DAZN PPV (UK, US, Global), Sky Sports Box Office (UK)
Odds:

And another one, as heavyweight boxing takes Saudi by storm. Huni is now ranked in the top 15 by some of boxing’s sanctioning bodies after building an 8-0 record. The 24-year-old from Brisbane gets a big chance to impress a global TV audience here as he faces the very serviceable Kevin Lerena.

Joe Joyce (15-2) vs Kash Ali (21-2)

Date: Saturday March 16, 2024
Ring Walks: tbc
Venue:  Resorts World Arena, Birmingham, England
TV: TNT Sports (UK)
Odds:

Joyce returns to action after those back-to-back losses to Zhilei Zhang derailed his bid to claim a world title. ‘The Juggernaut’ was the WBO’s top contender before falling twice to ‘Big Bang’, and now he must start to build his way back towards the top. Local boy Ali is the first step on that massive ‘Magnificent Seven’ card courtesy of Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.

Fabio Wardley (17-0) vs Frazer Clarke (8-0)

Date: Sunday March 31, 2024
Ring Walks: tbc
Venue:  02 Arena, London, England
TV: Sky Sports (UK)
Odds:

A cracking domestic dust-up added to the schedule here as Wardley defends his British and Commonwealth titles against fellow unbeaten prospect Clarke on a big Sunday night show at the 02 Arena in Greenwich. Another potential step on the road to elite heavyweight action for the improving Wardley, and a terrific opportunity for Clarke to put a spanner in those works.

Jared Anderson (16-0) vs Ryad Merhy (32-2)

Date: Saturday April 13, 2024
Ring Walks: 2300 EST, 2000 PST, 0400 Sunday UK
Venue:  Corpus Christi, Texas
TV: ESPN, ESPN+. ESPN Deportes (US)
Odds:

The exciting Anderson had been one of the potential opponents for Filip Hrgovic on that Joshua vs Ngannou card in March, but we’ll have to wait a little while to see ‘Big Baby’ in a real test with a top-15 heavy. For now he’ll continue his education against a man who defeated Tony Yoka last time out and before that, dropped a decision to Kevin Lerena.

Tyson Fury (34-0-1) vs Oleksandr Usyk (21-0)

Date: Saturday May 18, 2024
Ring walks: 2230 UK, 2330 CET, 1730 EST, 1430 PST
Venue:  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
TV: DAZN (Global), Sky Sports Box Office (UK), TNT Sports Box Office (UK), ESPN+ PPV (US)
Odds: 8/13 Fury, 6/4 Usyk, 20/1 Draw

AT LAST, a world heavyweight title unification fight with ALL OF the marbles on the line. WBC and lineal king Fury meets IBF, WBA, WBO and Ring magazine champion Usyk in a mouthwatering showdown in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. we must wait a little while longer for it though after the February 17 date was postponed when Fury sustained that cut eye during sparring.

Moses Itauma (7-0) vs Ilja Mezencev (24-3)

Date: Saturday May 18, 2024
Ring Walks: tbc
Venue:  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
TV: DAZN (Global), Sky Sports Box Office (UK), TNT Sports Box Office (UK), ESPN+ PPV (US)
Odds:

The precocious Itauma, tabbed recently by his promoter Frank Warren as the heavyweight division’s ‘next big thing’, gets the chance to impress a huge global audience when he appears on the Fury vs Usyk undercard in Saudi.  Itauma will lock horns with Ilja Mezencev, a German heavy beaten twice by former Fury victim Tom Schwarz. Moses should win if he’s to continue chasing Mike Tyson’s record as the youngest ever world heavyweight champion. A stated goal for the Chatham, Kent prodigy.

Bakhodir Jalolov (14-0) vs tbc

Date: Saturday May 18, 2024
Ring Walks: tbc
Venue:  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
TV: DAZN (Global), Sky Sports Box Office (UK), TNT Sports Box Office (UK), ESPN+ PPV (US)
Odds:

‘The Big Uzbek’ Jalolov has a perfect record as a pro – 14 wins in 14 fights, every single one of them coming inside the distance. Now he looks to continue his march towards big fights with an appearance on that Fury vs Usyk undercard, opponent yet to be confirmed.  A step up in class is needed to prove Jalolov really belongs in the upper echelons of the heavyweight division.

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