Boxing Schedule: Upcoming heavyweight fights

Sadly we will not get Tyson Fury vs Anthony before the end of 2022, in fact maybe we never will, but there is still plenty to look forward to when it comes to boxing’s marquee heavyweight division.

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.

Now though the dream is alive again after Fury offered to defend his WBC and lineal titles vs AJ, and Joshua accepted all terms for a December 3 date. Now we wait for official confirmation that the big showdown is on.

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There are plenty of other great upcoming fights to look forward on a Friday or Saturday night – but 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:

Dillian Whyte (28-3) vs Jermaine Franklin (21-0)

Date: Saturday November 26, 2022
Venue:  OVO Arena, Wembley, London, England
TV: DAZN (UK and U.S.)
Odds:

Whyte returns to the ring following that bitterly disappointing defeat by Tyson Fury in April with a Wembley clash against the unbeaten American Jermaine Franklin. On the face of it Franklin presents an intriguing challenge, but if you delve deeper into his record it smacks of more style than substance. He has fought only once in three years and Dillian really should win convincingly if he is to start the long road back to another title shot.

Tyson Fury (32-0-1) vs Dereck Chisora (33-12) 3

Date: Saturday December 3, 2022
Venue:  Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
TV: BT Sport Box Office (UK), ESPN (U.S.)
Odds: 1/20 Fury, 9/1 Chisora, 33/1 Draw

The betting odds tell the whole story people, this is not the world heavyweight title fight people wanted on Saturday December 3. Instead of Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua in Cardiff, we get a trilogy fight between Fury and Chisora, some eight years on from the second of two one-sided victories for ‘The Gypsy King’. In reality it is a smart stay-busy fight for Fury as he prepares hopefully to face Oleksandr Usyk in a huge unification showdown early in 2023.

Daniel Dubois (18-1) vs Kevin Lerena (28-1)

Date: Saturday December 3, 2022
Venue:  Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
TV: BT Sport Box Office (UK), ESPN (U.S.)
Odds:

The exciting Dubois makes the first defence of the WBA regular heavyweight title he won so easily vs Trevor Bryan in Miami when he locks horns with South African southpaw Lerena on the big Fury vs Chisora 3 undercard in London. Dubois has done really well in building again after that devastating first professional defeat at the hands of Joe Joyce back in November 2020. He now looks ready to step up again, and Lerena should be a comfortable night’s work for the Londoner.

Jared Anderson (12-0) vs Jerry Forrest (25-6-2)

Date: Saturday December 10, 2022
Venue:  Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: ESPN, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes (U.S.)
Odds:

We get to see another exciting heavyweight prospect before the end of 2022 as Anderson puts his unbeaten record (12-0 with all 12 inside distance) on the line vs the tough Jerry Forrest on the Teofimo Lopez vs Jose Pedraza undercard at MSG. ‘Big Baby’ has looked terrific so far but Forrest represents a real step up – he has never been stopped as yet.

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Boxing Schedule: Heavyweight fighters without a confirmed next fight date

Oleksandr Usyk (20-0): The brilliant Ukrainian successfully defended his IBF/WBA/WBO titles in a rematch with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia in August 2022. Usyk came through significant peril in Round 9 before coming on strong in incredible fashion to claim a split decision victory. Next up hopefully is Fury in early 2023 for all the heavyweight marbles.

Deontay Wilder (43-2-1): ‘Bronze Bomber’ is back after that first-round KO win over Robert Helenius in Brooklyn. Coming in 24lbs lighter than for the Fury trilogy match, Wilder showcased the power that he has always possessed and will be a massive attraction whoever he fights next. Usyk, Joshua or Ruiz are all fights we would love to see.

Anthony Joshua (24-3): AJ would appear to stand at the crossroads of his glittering career after suffering a third defeat in his last five fights at the hands of the brilliant Usyk in Saudi Arabia. Joshua produced an improved showing on his first meeting with Usyk, but still dropped a split decision to fail in his bid to become a three-time world heavyweight champion.  Now, with a Fury fight in December apparently not happening, we wait to see who the rebuild will begin against.

Joe Joyce: Once again showed both his incredible chin and his bruising power en route to a brilliant knockout victory over former WBO king Joseph Parker. ‘The Juggernaut’ got his nickname for a reason, and appears pretty much unstoppable against most heavyweights. Put simply he is a nightmare.

Andy Ruiz Jr (35-2): Outpointed Luis Ortiz in Los Angeles in their big WBC eliminator in September, and in theory will now face Wilder in a final eliminator. Despite the result, wasn’t overly impressive vs Ortiz and allowed the veteran Cuban to dictate the pace for much of the way.

Joseph Parker (30-3): Lost little in defeat by Joyce after a cracking scrap with the Londoner in September. Hit Joyce with everything he could throw at ‘The Juggernaut’ and also displayed a pretty good chin himself, but in the end could not live with his unbeaten opponent.

Filip Hrgovic (15-0): The dangerous and unbeaten Croat maintained his perfect record with a decision victory over the giant Chinese star Zhilei Zhang on the Usyk vs Joshua 2 undercard in Saudi Arabia in August 2022. That final eliminator victory means Hrgovic is now the mandatory challenger for the IBF heavyweight title currently held by Usyk.

Frank Sanchez (21-0): ‘The Cuban Flash’ maintained his unbeaten record with a ninth-round stoppage of Carlos Negron on the Wilder vs Helenius undercard in Brooklyn. He continues his march to bigger and better things.

Michael Hunter (20-1-2): ‘The Bounty’ is still waiting for that WBA eliminator vs Hughie Fury, but it is off again with Fury suffering from long COVID symptoms. The bout is now likely to take place in early 2023.

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. Started the long road back to the big time with an easy stoppage win over Jozsef Darmos in August, and harder tests now await.

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.

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.

Zhilei Zhang (24-1-1): The giant Chinese suffered his first pro defeat in an IBF final elminator at the hands of Hrgovic on the Usyk vs Joshua undercard. We were not hugely surprised by that, fearing that ‘Big Bang’ would be exposed when he really hit the top level of heavyweight boxing. Bizarrely though his dream of one day fighting Anthony Joshua in his homeland might have more potential than ever now with AJ in rebuild mode after a second consecutive loss to Usyk.

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