After a middling COVID-19 stricken 2020 which did not see much action in boxing, the sport has been receiving some of the biggest fights this year.
The year started with WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia’s win over Luke Campbell on 2nd January, then came women boxing stalwart Claressa Shields and her thrashing of Marie-Eve Dicaire in March.
The number one pound for pound boxer in the world Canelo Alvarez registered two back to back victories this year already, first against mandatory challenger Avni Yıldırım in February and then against former WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders in May.
And last but not the least, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will break his year long hiatus in his trilogy against former foe Deontay Wilder on 24th July.
This year is setting up to be an eventful one in boxing’s calendar, but there are a number of fights that are yet to be confirmed or even some case, reach legitimate talks but are certainly some of the most anticipated matches in the sport.
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Below here are the top three boxing fights that the fans are eagerly awaiting to see in 2021:
Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua
One of the biggest fights in the history of boxing, Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua, had almost reached confirmation but after Deontay Wilder activated his dispute resolution for his trilogy against Fury, this highly anticipated match went back into indefinite status.
Nonetheless, the four belt title bout, which will see Fury’s WBC belt stacked up against AJ’s WBA, IBF, WBO titles, will determine the undisputed ruler of the heavyweight division and is undoubtedly on top of the boxing fans’ desired fights.
Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant
Even before Canelo registered his wins over Yıldırım and Saunders, IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant has been “raising a hand” to take on the Mexican boxing maestro. The P4P king, who currently has the WBC, WBA (Super) and WBO titles around his waist, has been destined to become undisputed at 168, without question.
The undefeated American, who is coming off of three straight title defenses, is expected to square off against Canelo sometime in September this year. While this fight surely earns “Sweethands” an opportunity of a lifetime- to become undisputed at 168, it will also be the toughest fight of his career, because its against Canelo.
Errol Spence Jr vs Terence Crawford
The welterweight division of boxing is already going to see some huge action this year- with the WBC and IBF titleholder Errol Spence Jr returning against the legendary Manny Pacquiao on 21st August in Las Vegas.
While its already one mouth-watering contest, the supporters are on the edges of their seats to see Spence stepping inside the squared circle against Terence “Bud” Crawford, the WBO welterweight champion. The fight will unify the three belts at 147, before the undisputed championship can be determined, and its unsurprising to see the fight high on the fans’ desired list.