Boxing Schedule: Upcoming heavyweight fights

The heavyweight boxing schedule was thrown into absolute turmoil after Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua on August 14 was scuppered by Deontay Wilder.

The British world champions had been due to meet in Saudi Arabia 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 is a silver lining for every cloud. Instead of maybe one enormous heavyweight fight this year – we may now get three.

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:

Anthony Joshua (24-1) vs Oleksandr Usyk (18-0)

Date: Saturday September 25
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
TV: Sky Sports (UK PPV), DAZN (U.S. and global)
Current odds: Joshua 1/2, Usyk 3/2

The apparent collapse of Fury vs Joshua left AJ needing a Plan B for his next fight. Step forward former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk. The Ukrainian has been mandatory challenger for AJ’s WBO title for some time now and is likely to get his title shot in late September at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It’s a tricky assignment for Joshua against a slick and talented boxer. Whether Usyk has the size and power to trouble him is another matter. It’s a fascinating matchup and one we’re really looking forward to.

Tyson Fury (30-0-1) vs Deontay Wilder (42-1-1) 3

Date: Saturday October 9, 2021
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Likely TV: BT Sport (UK PPV), ESPN+ (US PPV), FOX (US PPV)
Current odds: Fury 2/7, Wilder 5/2

It was the news heavyweight fans dreaded on July 9, 2021. Tyson Fury and members of his team had contracted COVID-19 just over two weeks out from that July 24 trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder. The bout was off and would need to be rescheduled for later in the year – with October 9 the landing spot. Yet another delay and if October goes ahead it will be 20 long months since both men last fought – in their Las Vegas rematch in February 2020.

Efe Ajagba (15-0) vs Frank Sanchez (18-0)

Date: Saturday October 9, 2021
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Current odds: Sanchez 4/7, Ajagba 17/10

A cracking heavyweight showdown of two unbeaten prospects on the Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard in Las Vegas. Both Ajagba and Sanchez are knocking on the door for a step up in class, so kudos to them for agreeing to put their 0s on the line against each other. Both men have power and skills and are seen as potential future world-title challengers. Should be a beauty.

Robert Helenius (30-3) vs Adam Kownacki (20-1) 2

Date: Saturday October 9, 2021
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Likely TV: BT Sport (UK PPV), FOX (US PPV)
Current odds: Kownacki 1/3, Helenius 9/4

Brooklyn-based Pole Kownacki gets the chance to avenge his first professional defeat in another potential heavyweight cracker on the Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard in Las Vegas. He is a hot favourite to get that revenge, and he simply has to if he is to maintain any illusions of being a future title contender in a stacked divison right now.

Jared Anderson (9-0) vs Vladimir Tereshkin (22-0-1)

Date: Saturday October 9, 2021
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Likely TV: BT Sport (UK PPV), FOX (US PPV)
Current odds: –

The highly-touted ‘Big Baby’ puts his unbeaten record on the line in yet another intriguing heavyweight contest on that Fury vs Wilder card at T-Mobile Arena. Anderson is seen by many as a future star of the division, so a test against unbeaten Russian Tereshkin should tell us a little bit more about his future prospects.

Dillian Whyte (28-2) vs Otto Wallin (22-1)

Date: Saturday October 30, 2021
Venue: 02 Arena, London, England
Current odds: –

A fascinating matchup as Whyte returns for his first bout in seven months after avenging that defeat by Alexander Povetkin in their March rematch on Gibraltar. ‘The Body Snatcher’ is again WBC interim champion and pushing for that elusive title shot. Wallin will be no pushover – remember he gave Fury all he could handle in their September 2019 clash, opening a gruesome cut over the eye of ‘The Gypsy King’ before eventually losing a unanimous decision.

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.

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Boxing Schedule: Heavyweight fighters without a confirmed next fight date

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.

Luis Ortiz (32-2): His 46-second defeat of Alexander Flores told us little about his remaining elite credentials. 2021 should tell us much more.

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.

Tony Yoka (11-0): France’s 2016 Olympic super-heavyweight champion maintained his unbeaten record by stopping Croatia’s unbeaten Petar Milas at Roland Garros in early September. Yoka gives the impression there are more gears to come and never does more than he needs to. We await a significant step up in class at some stage.

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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