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.
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Later on in January, super middleweight champ Caleb Plant is set to return on Jan. 30 when he faces Caleb Truax, and a big fight that was delayed due to COVID-19 is back on the books for Feb. 20 when Miguel Berchelt takes on Oscar Valdez for the WBC junior lightweight title.
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||TBA||Caleb Plant (c) vs. Caleb Truax||IBF super middleweight title||FOX|
|Feb. 13||TBA||Adrien Broner vs. TBA||Junior welterweight||TBA|
|Feb. 13||TBA||Joseph Diaz (c) vs. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov||IBF junior lightweight title||DAZN|
|Feb. 20||TBA||Miguel Berchelt (c) vs. Oscar Valdez||WBC junior lightweight title||ESPN|
|Feb. 27||London||Jamel Herring (c) vs. Carl Frampton||WBO junior lightweight title||ESPN+|
|March 13||TBA||Juan Francisco Estrada vs. 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez||Super flyweight unification||DAZN|
|March 20||TBA||Artur Beterbiev (c) vs. Adam Deines||WBC, IBF light heavyweight titles||TBA|