Boxing deserves an apology.
For the past few years, the fans have criticized the sport for not making the fights the world clamors to see. However, the game has taken the corrective measures, aside from generation-defining fights that need a little more politicizing to create, like Errol Spence Jr. versus Terence Crawford.
With significant announcements recently across multiple divisions, boxing has not only redeemed itself but is preparing for pivotal moments in the sport.
TOP FIVE SCHEDULED BOXING MATCHES OF 2022
Errol Spence Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugas,
Saturday, April 16, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
While the world is clamoring for Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford to settle who the best welterweight is, that debate might finally be settled in April.
Yordenis Ugàs moved up to welterweight and only has one loss as a welterweight to Shawn Porter for his first title shot in the division. He won a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and retired Manny Pacquiao en route to Spence.
Although the more well-known Spence lost in the quarterfinals of the 2012 London Olympics, he is still undefeated, holds the IBF and WBC belts, and is undoubtedly the juggernaut of the division. However, the fight is more about welterweight supremacy than a Spence versus Crawford bout, where Crawford became an undisputed champion at light-welterweight.
Now the two will fight for the WBC, WBA & IBF Welterweight World Championship unification and determine who will fight Crawford to become undisputed.
Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte,
Saturday, April 23, Wembley Stadium, London, England
Tyson Fury is part of the British boxers faction that has rejuvenated the heavyweight division. Not since Lennox Lewis has Britain had this much hype around its heavyweights, and Dillian Whyte is also a member of this boxing fraternity.
While Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk fight for the WBA, WBO, and IBF titles, Fury is putting his WBC and The Ring title on the line in an All-British war of power punchers.
Saùl “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol,
Saturday, May 7, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Canelo Alvarez is the man in boxing. Ever since he lost his only fight to Floyd Mayweather Jr., a torch was passed, and Alvarez hasn’t been disappointing.
After winning multiple world championships in four weight classes, Canelo is the first boxer in history to become the undisputed champion at super middleweight. After winning the WBO light heavyweight title against Sergey Kovalev in 2019, Alvarez now seeks another title taking on undefeated Russian WBA (Super) light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
Canelo is chasing greatness and stopping at nothing to achieve it.
Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castaño 2,
Saturday, May 14, Los Angeles, California
Jermell Charlo and Brian Castaño will once again seek to become the first undisputed 154-pound champion in the four-belt era and just the third overall undisputed champion when they meet in a rematch of their 2021 classic.
Charlo is one half of the scintillating twins who have brought their Lions Only mentality to the big leagues. Being undisputed is every boxer’s dream, and this fight will create one at light middleweight.
Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero,
Saturday, May 28, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Although this fight might spell the swan song of Gervonta Davis from Mayweather Promotions, he is fighting his stablemate in Rolando Romero.
Tank and Rolly do not like each other, and for Davis it is about crushing an annoyance that believes he is beatable. For Romero, it is about jumping into the stratosphere with a win over one of the game’s current top draws.
The bad blood and trash talk between the two has been entertaining thus far. Coupled with the fact that it is all under the bright lights that only Mayweather can provide, it makes this one of the most exciting fights of the year.