Boxing schedule for 2021: Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spence Jr., Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley in play
Boxing continues to roll in 2021. After a tough 2020 that saw many stars fail to compete or compete once, the new year has seen a handful of fighters already seen the ring with great success.
Look no further than the pound-for-pound king himself, Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican superstar has already scored two knockouts, easily stopping Avni Yildirim in February before another save by Billy Joe Saunders in May. Now, Alvarez is hoping to secure a date with Caleb Plant in September to achieve undisputed champion status in the super middleweight division.
Additionally, Filipino legend Nonito Donaire has stepped back in time and stopped Nordine Oubaali to reclaim the WBC bantamweight title to close May. Donaire broke his own record as the oldest man to win a major championship at 38. And legendary retired champion Floyd Mayweather went the distance with social media star Logan Paul at their show in June.
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Summer is about to bring us even more exciting action. The highly anticipated welterweight showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Unified Champion Errol Spence Jr. is scheduled for August 21 in Las Vegas. Pacquiao hasn’t fought since a surprising decision against Keith Thurman in July 2019, while Spence scored his first victory in over a year against Danny Garcia in December following a horrific car crash.
And the YouTube star-turned-professional boxer is back to wrap up August when Jake Paul takes on former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in Cleveland. Paul faced the first three opponents of his career, but Woodley presents the first true challenger to possess power and a respectable standing hitting game.
Despite a delay due to COVID-19, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will finally settle the score of their rivalry in October when they meet inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was originally scheduled for July 24 after Wilder won an arbitration award allowing him the third fight as Fury looked to have a unification fight with Anthony Joshua. But Fury tested positive for COVID-19 during training camp and pushed the date back almost three months.
Below is a list of the main boxing events for the year 2021.
Note: This will be continuously updated with changes and additions.
|July 24||London||Joe Joyce vs. Carlos Takam||Heavyweight||To be determined|
|August 14th||Carson, California||John Riel Casimero (c) v Guillermo Rigondeaux||WBO Bantamweight Title||Show time|
|August 14th||Tulsa||Joshua Franco (c) vs. Andrew Moloney||WBA ‘regular’ junior bantamweight title||ESPN / ESPN +|
|21st of August||Las Vegas||Errol Spence Jr. (c) vs. Manny Pacquiao||WBC / IBF welterweight title||à la carte|
|August 28||To be determined||David Benavidez vs. José Uzcategui||WBC Super Middleweight Title||Show time|
|August 29||Cleveland, Ohio||Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley||Cruiserweights||Time of the à la carte show|
|September 4||Leeds, England||Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara||Lightweight||DAZN|
|September 10||Tucson, Arizona||Oscar Valdez (c) v Robson Conceicao||WBC Junior Lightweight Title||To be determined|
|September 11th||To be determined||Stephen Fulton, Jr. vs. Brandon Figueora||Unification of super bantamweight||Show time|
|September 11th||Las Vegas||Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort||Special exhibition||Triller PPV|
|September 25||London||Anthony Joshua (c) v Oleksandr Usyk||Unified heavy goods vehicle titles||DAZN|
|October 9||Las Vegas||Tyson Fury (c) v Deontay Wilder||WBC heavyweight title||ESPN / FOX PPV|