Boxing continues to deliver some massive moments and fights in 2022. After a strong start to the year, things have dramatically picked up over the spring and now the sport heads into a long stretch loaded with big fights nearly every week.
The year has already seen major moments like Errol Spence Jr. dominating Yordenis Ugas to unify three of boxing’s four world championships at welterweight. Tyson Fury also recently returned to the ring for what may be the last time as he knocked out Dillian Whyte in London.
The biggest of all, however, may have come in May when Canelo Alvarez failed in his bid to become WBA light heavyweight champion against Dmitry Bivol. The undisputed super middleweight champion was unable to present much of a challenge to the Russian titleholder as he landed a career low in punches over 12 rounds. Now, it’s unclear what the next step will be for Alvarez.
Then, Jermell Charlo became the seventh male boxer to unify all four recognized titles in a division when he stopped Brian Castano in their rematch at junior middleweight. Charlo stopped each of his opponents in his quest to earn all four titles. Plus, Gervonta “Tank” Davis put an exclamation point on his rivalry with Rolando Romero when he stopped his foe in the sixth round at the Barclays Center.
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As we move into the summer months starting in June, the undisputed lightweight title will be on the line in Australia when George Kambosos Jr. meets Devin Haney. Kambosos Jr. shocked the world by upsetting Teofimo Lopez Jr. for all four recognized titles last year by decision. Haney, meanwhile, holds the secondary WBC crown and has been nearly perfect in every outing. This fight has an extra wrinkle, however, with Haney’s father and trainer unable to travel because of a felony in 1992.
Then, just three days later, the unified bantamweight titles are on the line in Japan when Naoya Inoue takes on Nonito Donaire. The pair put on an incredible battle in a 2019 Fight of the Year contender after Donaire rallied from being dropped to break Inoue’s orbital bone late. Inoue walked away victorious but now must prove himself agian.
Below is a running list of boxing main events for 2022.
Note: This will be updated constantly with changes and additions.
|June 4||Minneapolis||Stephen Fulton (c) vs. Danny Roman||WBO/WBC super bantamweight titles||Showtime|
|June 4||Melbourne||George Kambosos (c) vs. Devin Haney (c)||Undisputed lightweight titles||ESPN|
|June 7||Saitama, Japan||Naoya Inoue (c) vs. Nonito Donaire (c)||Unified bantamweight titles||ESPN+|
|June 11||New York||Edgar Berlanga vs. Roamer Alexis Angulo||Super middleweights||ESPN/ESPN+|
|June 18||New York||Artur Beterbiev (c) vs. Joe Smith Jr. (c)||Light heavyweight unification||ESPN/ESPN+|
|June 18||Houston||Jermall Charlo (c) vs. Maciej Sulecki||WBC middleweight title||Showtime|
|June 25||San Antonio, Texas||Murodjon Akhmadaliev (c) vs. Ronny Rios||IBF junior featherweight title||TBD|
|July 9||San Antonio||Mark Magsayo vs. Rey Vargas||WBC featherweight title||Showtime|
|Aug. 6||Fort Worth, Texas||Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Davi Avanesyan||Welterweights||DAZN|
|Sept. 17||TBD||Canelo Alvarez (c) vs. Gennadiy Golovkin||Undisputed super middleweight titles||DAZN PPV|