Boxing schedule for 2021: Manny Pacquiao vs Yorednis Ugas, 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 was about to start with some big fighting, but COVID-19 and injuries kept a few of the bigger ones from happening. Among them, the massive welterweight showdown between Errol Spence Jr. and Manny Pacquiao was called off when Spence suffered a torn retina in training camp. Pacquiao will still fight on August 21, as WBA champion Yordenis Ugas, who was scheduled to fight on the undercard, stepped in to face the legend.

And the YouTube star-turned-professional boxer returns to close August when Jake Paul faces 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.

Heavyweights are set to cause a stir in the fall with all the major players in action. First, Unified Champion Anthony Joshua is back when he takes on former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Joshua was hoping to secure an undisputed fight with WBC title holder Tyson Fury earlier in the summer, but talks collapsed as Fury dealt with his own negotiating issues.

Despite a delay due to COVID-19, 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. But Fury tested positive for COVID-19 during his 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.

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 Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas (c) WBA welterweight title FOX PPV
August 28 Phoenix David Benavidez vs. José Uzcategui WBC Super Middleweight Title Show time
August 29 Cleveland, Ohio Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley Cruiserweights Time of the show PPV
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


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