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:

Michael Hunter (19-1-1) vs Mike Wilson (21-1)

Date: Saturday June 19, 2021
Venue: Miami, Florida
Likely TV: Triller (US)
Current odds: –

Strange one this. Hunter had been lined up to face Filip Hrgovic in an enticing IBF final eliminator. But he pulled out of that and is now slated to meet Wilson in what is being billed as (yet another) WBA eliminator. Wilson is 38 years old, has not fought in almost two years and appears to have fought the entirety of his career so far at cruiserweight. Doesn’t sound to us like the greatest matchup. It will take place on the Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr undercard, to be streamed by Triller.

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

Date: July 24, 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

Not the next fight we expected for Tyson Fury, but here we are. Wilder’s arbitration victory means his trilogy match with ‘The Gypsy King’ will go ahead in July with Fury’s WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles on the line. The pair of course have met twice already – a controversial draw in 2018 and then a dominant rematch victory for Fury in February 2020. There is genuine bad blood between the pair now, and perversely there is probably way more interest in this fight than there was in 2020.

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

Date: July 24, 2021
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Likely TV: BT Sport (UK PPV), ESPN+ (US PPV), FOX (US PPV)
Current odds: tba

We might be nearly as excited abut this one as we are for Fury vs Wilder 3. Top Rank and PBC have done us a big favour by stacking the undercard with more cracking heayvweight fights – especially this one. Two unbeaten young heavyweights coming into their prime, both with exceptional skills and big punching power. Fights like this generally don’t happen very often so props to both men for accepting this challenge. It promises to be a beauty.

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

Date: July 24, 2021
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Likely TV: BT Sport (UK PPV), ESPN+ (US PPV), FOX (US PPV)
Current odds: tba

Another heavyweight cracker on the Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard in Vegas, and another one we’re very much looking forward to. It’s something of a crossroads fight for Kownacki – who appeared to be headed for big things until he lost his unbeaten record at the hands of Helenius in March 2020. That stoppage defeat by the 37-year-old Finn raised a ton of questions about the Brooklyn-based Pole, and he must answer them in the affirmative on July 24 to get his career back on track.

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

Date: July 24, 2021
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Likely TV: BT Sport (UK PPV), ESPN+ (US PPV), FOX (US PPV)
Current odds: tba

Anderson is another heavyweight we’re excited to see on a stacked Fury vs Wilder 3 card. The 21-year-old ‘Big Baby’ is probably the most promising young big man in the United States and has finished all of his nine foes to date inside distance. He’ll get the chance to show his skills in front of a PPV audience on July 24.

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

Date: September 25
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
Likely 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.

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Boxing Schedule: Heavyweight fighters without a confirmed next fight date

Dillian Whyte (28-2): Whyte duly banished the demons from that shock knockout by Alexander Povetkin by stopping the Russian in four one-sided rounds of their March rematch. ‘The Body Snatcher’ is once again the WBC interim champion, and promoter Eddie Hearn wants to see him out again in the United States this summer. He needs to stay busy.

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.

Joseph Parker (29-2): Had to really dig deep to pull out a close decision over Dereck Chisora in their May showdown in Manchester. Parker – with Andy Lee heading up his corner for the first time after the split with Kevin Barry – was down inside seven seconds. He took a while to really get going but did enough to prevail on the cards. Next up could be an IBF eliminator against Filip Hrgovic – a fight we’d love to see.

Joe Joyce (12-0): On a high after bursting the Daniel Dubois bubble to maintain his unbeaten record as a pro. Now ranked #2 by the WBO and likely to face Usyk next for the interim belt. Winner to then face Fury or Joshua. If for any reason Usyk doesn’t happen, Joyce is likely to be out in June whatever (per Frank Warren).

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.

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.

Filip Hrgovic (12-0): Posted another impressive win in early November against the seasoned Rydell Booker. Had been expected to meet Hunter in an IBF title eliminator but the later pulled out and Parker could be his opponent instead.

Dereck Chisora (32-10): Showed again in that narrow defeat by Parker that he still has what it takes to trouble most top heavyweights. Many felt he was unlucky to lose on the cards, and there aren’t many who would have an easy night against him.

Tony Yoka (10-0): Put in a decent effort in systematically breaking down Joel Tambwe Djeko en route to a 12th-round stoppage in Nantes. Gradually going through the gears, and gives the impression there is plenty more to come. Joe Joyce could be next.

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.

Carlos Takam (39-5-1): Was mentioned as a possible December 5 opponent for Fury. Another seasoned veteran who should be out again in 2021. Potential next opponent for Joe Joyce.

Otto Wallin (21-1): Improved his record with a unanimous decision win over former two-time world title challenger Dominic Breazeale in Uncasville in February. Charting a way to the top he hopes after giving Fury all he could handle back 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.

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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