i would not name the reputable schedule for 2021 the “worst of times,” but I certain as hell would not call it the “best of times,” both.
while boxing seems to be erring on the side of caution when it involves scheduling big fights whereas Covid-19 rages on, there is a few intrigue to be found. So, right here’s a listing of the greatest and choicest fights on the first quarter, 2021 agenda.
1/2: Ryan Garcia vs. Luke Campbell, 12 rounds, for the vacant WBC intervening time light-weight title
the first huge test of the 22-12 months-ancient Garcia’s younger career. Campbell is strong and tenacious, but nowhere close as proficient as “KingRy.” How neatly Garcia does during this one will check no matter if he is, certainly, on the fast track to stardom. i wouldn’t count on an upset, however Campbell should push the youngster and provides us a glimpse of what’s beyond the flash and hype.
1/23: Angelo Leo vs. Stephen Fulton, 12 rounds, for Leo’s WBO junior featherweight title
The 26-year-ancient Leo may also have had a breakthrough efficiency in winning the vacant WBO 122 lb. title in opposition t Tramaine Williams in his closing bout this previous August. however he was purported to be fighting Fulton (who validated wonderful for Covid-19) and the 26-year-old Fulton is universally viewed as some of the premier younger potentialities in the online game.
1/30: Caleb Plant vs. Caleb Truax, 12 rounds, for Plant’s IBF super middleweight title
This combat of the Calebs is an old-fashioned tussle between Plant, who’s slick and savvy in a James Toney type of manner, and former world titlist Truax, who is a real blue-collar battler. The 28-12 months-historical Plant has a nine-yr age advantage and an facet in standard skill, but Truax is tenacious, battle-hardened, and supremely self-confident.
2/13: Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov, 12 rounds, for the vacant WBO easy heavyweight title
Smith is the epitome of a blue collar banger, with lights-out vigour in both hands. KO/TKO wins over Bernard Hopkins, Andrzej Fonfara, and Eleider Alvarez are testament to the firepower he can convey. Russia’s Vlasov is additionally no comic story. A former cruiserweight contender, the 34-year-old is three-0 as a light-weight heavyweight with a 12-round unanimous resolution win ultimate 12 months over Isaac Chilemba as his high-water mark victory to this point within the division.
2/13: Patrick Teixeira vs. Brian Castano, 12 rounds, for Teixeira’s WBO junior middleweight title
Neither is a true shelf junior middleweight– at the least, now not yet– and each have their limitations. but, if the essence of respectable matchmaking is parity and complimenting styles, this one should still make for a compelling watch.
2/20: Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul (Exhibition)
k. it’s your name as as to if you are looking to buy this pay-per-view or no longer, but let’s not fake that you just won’t be interested in finding out what happens. Mayweather could be about three-and-a-half years into official retirement by the point this exhibition takes place and over 5-and-half years faraway from his remaining bout with a “real” boxer. He’ll also be giving up at the least forty lbs. and 19 years in age. He’ll still win simply and conclusion the combat every time he feels like it.
2/20: Miguel Berchelt vs. Oscar Valdez, 12 rounds, for Berchelt’s WBC junior lightweight title
Berchelt is a killer and Valdez is a “for true” warrior. If neither receives taken out early, this one should still be an all-Mexican, blood-and-guts basic. Scheduled against Mayweather-Logan Paul, it might get overshadowed through the glitzier exhibition. This battle, although, deserves the leading stage all to itself.
three/13: Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, for Estrada’s WBC tremendous flyweight title and Gonzalez’s WBA super flyweight title
Let’s be honest here. This a great deal-anticipated rematch would’ve been a whole lot stronger and greater imperative if it had took place a couple of years previous. cash became an argument holding the combat from happening, however, I wager, crossing that 30-years-historical threshold (Estrada is 30, Gonazlez is 33) with battle purses falling in place of growing to be during this Covid economy, convinced both to be extra accommodating. still, despite both opponents being past-best (certainly Gonzalez), this has the makings of a possible classic.
additionally in action in the first quarter of 2021:
Artur Beterbiev, Sergey Kovalev, Joseph Parker, JoJo Diaz, Richard Commey, Josh Kelly
Rumored: Saul Alvarez vs. Avni Yildrim in February