Boxing Schedule: Upcoming heavyweight fights

There is still hope that  Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua could happen in the next few months, but in the meantime the heavyweight division still has the potential to add lustre to a fascinating boxing schedule in 2022.

The British world champions had been due to meet in Saudi Arabia last 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.

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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. As you can see none of the top names have bouts scheduled now – we’ll update this page as soon as they do:

Oleksandr Usyk (19-0) vs Anthony Joshua (24-2) 2

Date: Saturday August 20, 2022
Venue:  Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
TV: Sky Sports Box Office (UK, £26.95)
Odds: 8/15 Usyk, 9/5 Joshua, 20/1 Draw

We now do have official confirmation of the date and venue, but it appears Joshua will get his chance to become a three-time world heavyweight champion on Saturday August 20 in Saudi Arabia. With a new global broadcast deal with DAZN all signed, and a new trainer heading up his corner in Robert Garcia, now AJ takes on the biggest challenge of his boxing life. Nobody yet has managed to solve the puzzle that is Oleksandr Usyk, and in truth AJ was well beaten by the Ukrainian wizard last September. Can he turn the tide and prove conventional wisdom wrong? We’ll find out soon.

Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2 Press Conference
Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua meet again on August 20 (Matchroom Boxing Photos).

Filip Hrgovic (14-0) vs Zhilei Zhang (24-0-1)

Date: Saturday August 20, 2022
Venue:  Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
TV: Sky Sports Box Office (UK)
Odds:

This long-awaited IBF world heavyweight title eliminator will finally go ahead on the Usyk vs Joshua 2 undercard in Saudi Arabia. This pair had been scheduled to meet on the Canelo vs Bivol undercard in Las Vegas in May, but Hrgovic was forced to pull out after the death of his father. Filip is a real banger and should start a firm favourite to down the giant Zhang, whose record should not hold too many fears for the man from Croatia.

Jared Anderson (11-0) vs Miljan Rovcanin (24-2)

Date: Saturday August 27, 2022
Venue:  Tulsa, Oklahoma
TV: ESPN, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes (USA)
Odds:

The hugely exciting Anderson returns to action after a seven-month layoff with a bout on the Pedraza/Commey undercard in Tulsa. The 22-year-0ld ‘Big Baby’ has a perfect pro record and a 100 percent KO ratio, and maintaining that against Rovcanin would be no mean feat. The Serb has only been stopped once – by Agit Kabayel back in 2018.

Andy Ruiz Jr (34-2) vs Luis Ortiz (33-2)

Date: Sunday September 4, 2022
Venue: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles
TV: FOX Sports PPV (United States)
Odds: 3/10 Ruiz, 27/10 Ortiz, 18/1 Draw

At last, these two terrific heavyweights return to action and against each other in a WBC title eliminator which should provide a fantastic scrap on Labor Day Weekend in the United States. Ruiz has only fought once since that rematch loss to Joshua in Saudi Arabia in late 2019 – that was a points win over Chris Arreola in 2021. Ortiz meanwhile has only ever lost to one man as a professional – a certain Deontay Wilder in two separate world title bids. This should be well worth watching – two men knocking at the door of the very top level in heavyweight boxing.

Joe Joyce (14-0) vs Joseph Parker (30-2)

Date: Saturday September 24, 2022
Venue:  AO Arena, Manchester, England
TV: BT Sport Box Office (UK)
Odds: 4/6 Joyce, 6/4 Parker, 20/1 Draw

Our third world title heavyweight final eliminator in the space of a month, this time for the WBO title currently held by Usyk. This eagerly-awaited showdown has been a while in the making but it should be a beauty. The brutality and sheer granite will of Joyce vs the experience and savvy of former world champion Parker. It easily merits the BT Sport Office PPV treatment and we should find out whether Joyce can really hack it at the highest level. So far the signs have been good.

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Boxing Schedule: Heavyweight fighters without a confirmed next fight date

Tyson Fury (32-0-1): Fury is at the peak of his powers, still unbeaten and still the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight king after that dominant KO of Dillian Whyte at Wembley in April. He claims he is retired, but at the same time happy to come out of that retirement for £500million! The likely end result is a showdown with the winner of Usyk vs Joshua 2 for all the heayvweight marbles. The payday likely won’t quite reach ‘half a billi’, but it will be signifcant and career-best for ‘The Gypsy King’.

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.

Frank Sanchez (20-0): ‘The Cuban Flash’ started 2021 on New Year’s Day with an easy unanimous decision over Christian Hammer. A really talented operator who has terrific technical skills and underrated speed.

Daniel Dubois (18-1): Recently made it three wins on the spin by claiming the WBA regular title with a dominant defeat of Trevor Bryan in Miami. Absolutely back now after that shock defeat by Joyce in late 2020, and ready to take on the very best.

Dillian Whyte (28-3): Waited so long for that elusive world title shot, and then appeared to freeze on his big night. Looked ponderous and completely befuddled by the terrific Fury in a one-sided showdown at a heaving Wembley Stadium. Now faces a very long way back to the summit.

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.

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.

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.

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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