After a tumultuous 2020 that saw many major fights canceled or postponed, boxing is ready to head into 2021. As many champions and pound-for-pound elites hung on the sidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic, boxing missed out on some big-time fights. However, as the year went out, fighters slowly started to trickle back into the ring, albeit not against the competition we would like to see.
But with guys like Anthony Joshua, Terence Crawford, Errol Spence, Canelo Alvarez and GGG all getting in some tune-up fights, things are looking bright for 2021. And things got rolling with a strong start from Ryan Garcia, who rallied from an early knockdown to stop Luke Campbell and claim the interim WBC lightweight title. Garcia, along with Gervonta “Tank” Davis, Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney are setting up the prospects of some tasty matchups over the next 12 months in the 135-pound division.
Now as we head into the early part of the year, there’s a plethora of big fights on the books already. IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant is set to take on Caleb Truax at the close of January in his first action in nearly a year. Plus, Canelo Alvarez will make his return to the ring rather quickly when he takes on mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Alvarez is hoping to fight three times this year and could be on a path to facing Plant down the road now that he’s a promotional free agent.
Below is a running list of boxing main events for the 2021 year.
Note: This will be updated constantly with changes and additions.
|Jan. 23||Uncasville, Connecticut||Angelo Leo (c) vs. Stephen Fulton||WBO junior featherweight title||Showtime|
|Jan. 30||Los Angeles||Caleb Plant (c) vs. Caleb Truax||IBF super middleweight title||FOX|
|Feb. 13||Indio, California||Joseph Diaz (c) vs. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov||IBF junior lightweight title||DAZN|
|Feb. 20||TBA||Adrien Broner vs. TBA||Junior welterweights||TBA|
|Feb. 20||Las Vegas||Miguel Berchelt (c) vs. Oscar Valdez||WBC junior lightweight title||ESPN|
|Feb. 27||Miami Gardens, Florida||Canelo Alvarez (c) vs. Avni Yildirim||WBC super middleweight title||DAZN|
|Feb. 27||London||Jamel Herring (c) vs. Carl Frampton||WBO junior lightweight title||ESPN+|
|March 5||TBA||Claressa Shields (c) vs. Marie-Eve Dicaire (c)||Super welterweight unification||PPV|
|March 6||TBA||Alexander Povetkin (c) vs. Dillian Whyte||WBC “interim” heavyweight title||DAZN|
|March 13||TBA||Juan Francisco Estrada vs. ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez||Super flyweight unification||DAZN|
|March 20||Moscow||Artur Beterbiev (c) vs. Adam Deines||WBC, IBF light heavyweight titles||ESPN|
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