We could be a little closer to an undisputed heavyweight champion while it’s also going to be a historic year for the likes of Canelo and Crawford
It was the year that Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua’s potentially historic showdown collapsed, possibly once and for all. When Oleksandr Usyk claimed AJ’s three belts in September, he must have known a rematch was imminent that would see Joshua ever lower against Fury.
As always, many questions from all divisions remain unanswered as 2021 draws to a close.
The Fury Wilder trilogy is at least one debate settled. However, it’s still not entirely clear where Fury is headed next and it could be some time before we realistically see a unification battle with either Usyk or Joshua.
So when looking back at the true winners of 2021, few of them will be among the heavyweights.
It was a spectacular year for Canelo Alvarez, now undisputed at super middleweight, while at lightweight few would have predicted that George Kambosos Jr. would end the year as the IBF, WBA and WBO champion.
If the stars are right, 2022 will be even bigger with a string of significant title fights. A historical era is also approaching for women’s boxing, in which two of the greatest fights in history will take place.
The year begins with an IBF eliminator as Karl Martin — who once held that belt before losing it to Joshua — takes over Louis Ortiz.
Ortiz is undoubtedly still a dangerous heavyweight, but he’s also 42 and certainly can’t have too many of those nights in him anymore.
Maybe 10 years late, though amir khan and cell stream will settle final accounts in Manchester on February 19 in the ring.
Khan hasn’t fought in two and a half years but is confident ring rust won’t be an issue against Brook who he says has suffered “so much wear and tear” in his recent bouts.
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It’s hard to see anyone get past Taylor, with or without the knee injury that forced his first date to be postponed Jack Catterall.
The WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO super lightweight champion will fight the former British lightweight champion on home soil in Glasgow on February 26.
While Catterall has an impressive record of 26 straight wins, he should brace himself for a reality check against the best in the world.
In his first major interview since, he loses his belt Oleksandr Usyk in September, Anthony Joshua threatened to give up “the sweet science” if they meet again for the rematch.
“I’m done fucking losing,” he said iFL TV. “I’m done trying to learn the sweet science. He might be thrown on the ground in the next fight because this is war. It’s just war, I’m angry. I boil over just talking about it – it’s this passion to win.”
The British heavyweight has had a huge gap to bridge since they first met when he was convincingly defeated. However, his power will still trouble Usyk, who is facing just his third fight since stepping up from cruiserweight.
Made at the WBC dillian why to meet their obligatory challenger Tyson anger, it looked like a relatively easy way for the “Gypsy King” to defend his belt before taking on the winner of Joshua-Usyk 2.
Since then, Whyte has been forced to withdraw from the Otto Wallin fight, although that wouldn’t stop him from facing Fury.
There’s another wrench in the works, however, now that Fury’s camp is suggesting he could vacate the WBC belt. Promoter Bob Arum narrated talkSPORT that it was a real possibility if the Whyte deal wasn’t sealed soon – and that could make it possible Deontay savage another shot at his old title against Whyte.
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Shields must first get rid of Ema Kozin as her IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight defenses have been pushed back into the new year. WBO Champion Marshall was injured in late 2021 but they are still poised to meet sometime in 2022.
In November, cinammon Alvarez became the first undisputed four-belt super middleweight world champion when he defeated Caleb Plant.
Predictably, this has led to talk of him moving up a division again — and it looked every bit like fighting for a deal member Macabou had been agreed at cruiserweight. Canelo has downplayed these rumours, so his next opponent is still unknown.
It could be David Benavidez, Artur praying, or also Jermall charlo, but the actual screaming stands in the way of completing the trilogy Gennady Golovkin. “GGG” was scheduled to fight Ryota Murata this December, but that was postponed with no new date set.