Boxing continues to roll on in 2021. After a rough 2020 that saw many stars either not compete or compete just once, the new year has seen a handful of fighters already seen ring time with big success.
Look no further than the pound for pound king himself, Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican superstar completed his takeover of the super middleweight division with a thudding knockout of Caleb Plant in November to become the first undisputed champion in that division's history. A raucous 12-month run that saw him pick up four massive wins already has him as the consensus pick for Fighter of the Year once again.
And many in the boxing community were stunned when WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas outpointed legend Manny Pacquiao to retain his title in August. Despite the fight being made last minute because of an injury to unified titleholder Errol Spence Jr., many expected Pacquiao, 42, to be able to take care of business against the Cuban. Pacquiao subsequently announced his retirement from boxing to focus on a presidential run in his native Philippines.
Plus, Oleksandr Usyk shocked many with his dazzling performance against Anthony Joshua to claim the unified heavyweight championships. Usyk took a decision over the champion in London and threw a wrench into any plans for a heavyweight unification bout after Joshua invoked his automatic rematch clause.
As the end of the year nears, boxing appears to be going out with a bang.
Gervonta "Tank" Davis is back in a big fight at lightweight when he takes on late replacement Isaac Cruz. Davis, who moved up to 140 pounds and scored a thrilling knockout of Mario Barrios over the summer, was expecting to take on Rolando Romero in this spot, but sexual assault allegations forced his removal from the event. One day prior, the WBC lightweight crown will be at stake when champion Devin Haney takes on Joseph "JoJo" Diaz in Las Vegas. The winners in both matchups will be hoping to get the next shot at George Kambosos, who stunned with a decision over Teofimo Lopez Jr. to claim the unified titles at 135 pounds.
Below is a running list of boxing main events for the 2021 year.
Note: This will be updated constantly with changes and additions.
|Dec. 4||Las Vegas||Devin Haney (c) vs. Joseph Diaz||WBC lightweight title||DAZN|
|Dec. 5||Los Angeles||Gervonta Davis vs. Isaac Cruz||Lightweights||Showtime PPV|
|Dec. 11||Carson, California||Nonito Donaire (c) vs. Reymart Gaballo||WBC bantamweight title||Showtime|
|Dec. 11||New York||Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey||Lightweights||ESPN|
|Dec. 18||Tampa, Florida||Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury||Cruiserweights||Showtime PPV|
|Dec. 18||Manchester, England||Derek Chisora vs. Joseph Parker||Heavyweights||TBD|