Boxing schedule for 2018 features Anthony Joshua, Terence Crawford, Billy Joe Saunders
Things keep on rolling after a strong start to the year in the boxing world
Business is booming for boxing so far this year. After a trio of greats fights to kick off 2018 -- including Deontay Wilder's thunderous knockout of Luis Ortiz -- Anthony Joshua put on a less-than-stellar performance against Joseph Parker in Cardiff, Wales. The fight never really put Joshua in much danger, and hopefully serves as a tuneup fight for a Wilder showdown later this year. Then in May, pound-for-pound great Vasiliy Lomachenko moved up in weight to snag a third world title when he stopped lightweight champion Jorge Linares at Madison Square Garden in a fight where he was knocked down and appeared in danger.
Then in June, we got the return of pound-for-pound great Terence Crawford when he scored his first victory in his new weight division when he knocked out WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn. Plus, we saw the return of Manny Pacquiao in July when he scored his first knockout in nearly a decade by stopping former champion Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia.
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In September, Canelo Alvarez emerged from a razor-thin decision over Gennady Golovkin with a majority decision win in their thrilling rematch.
Now, we head to the backstrech of the calendar with plenty of big fights left. Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua makes his return when he squares off against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in London. Then, Terence Crawford makes his way back home to Nebraska when he battles Jose Benavidez for his welterweight title.
Below is a running list of boxing main events for the 2018 year.
Note: This will be updated constantly with changes and additions.
|Sept. 22||London||Anthony Joshua (c) vs. Alexander Povetkin||Heavyweight titles||DAZN|
|Sept. 28||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||George Groves (c) vs. Callum Smith||Super middleweight title||TBD|
|Oct. 6||Chicago||Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme||Welterweight||DAZN|
|Oct. 6||Bangkok, Thailand||Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (c) vs. Iran Diaz||Junior bantamweight title||DAZN|
|Oct. 7||Yokohama, Japan||Naoya Inoue (c) vs. Carlos Payano||WBA bantamweight title||DAZN|
|Oct. 13||Omaha, Nebraska||Terence Crawford (c) vs. Jose Benavidez||Welterweight title||ESPN|
|Oct. 20||Los Angeles||Billy Joe Saunders (c) vs. Demetrius Andrade||Middleweight title||DAZN|
|Oct. 27||New York||Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko||IBF middleweight title||HBO|
|Dec. 1||Quebec City, Canada||Adonis Stevenson (c) vs. Oleksandr Gyozdyk||Light heavyweight title||TBD|
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