Boxing schedule for 2020: Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin, Daniel Dubois vs. Joy Joyce headline

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The pandemic era of boxing has been light on high-profile bouts, but not short on intrigue. In recent weeks, heavy favorites have gone down multiple times as Top Rank brought the sport back from hiatus with a series of shows in Las Vegas. In the most notable result from boxing’s return, Andrew Maloney was upset by Joshua Franco, losing his WBA super flyweight championship in the process.

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing recently announced his own plans to return, holding a series of events in August from Hearn’s own backyard in London. A clash between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin for Whyte’s interim WBC heavyweight championship may be the biggest fight on the schedule. The other standout world title fight on the schedule features Jamel Herring defending the the WBO junior welterweight title against Jonathan Oquendo. That fight was originally slated for July 2, but Herring tested positive for COVID-19 and the fight was delayed to July 14 assuming Herring is cleared.

There’s hope the end of the year could see some of the biggest planned fights, including the rubber match between heavyweight champ Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. But the biggest possible fights are likely on hold until fans can attend to drive a live gate to support the purses involved.

Below is a running list of boxing main events for the 2020 year.

Note: This will be updated constantly with changes and additions.

June 30Las VegasAlex Saucedo vs. Sonny FredricksonJunior welterweightsESPN
July 2Las VegasJose Pedraza vs. Mikkel LesPierreJunior welterweightsESPN
July 7Las VegasAndy Vences vs. Luis Alberto Lopez
Junior lightweightsESPN
July 9Las VegasCarlos Takam vs. Jeff ForrestHeavyweightsESPN
July 14Las VegasJamel Herring (c) vs. Jonathan OquendoWBO junior welterweight titleESPN
July 16Las VegasAndrew Cancio vs. Cesar Alan Valenzuela  
LightweightsESPN
July 21Las VegasOscar Valdez vs. Jayson Velez  
Junior lightweightsESPN
July 24Indio, CaliforniaVergil Ortiz vs. Samuel VargasWelterweightsDAZN
Aug. 1Essex, LondonSam Eggington vs. Ted CheesemanSuper welterweightsDAZN
Aug. 7Essex, LondonTeri Harper (c) vs. Natasha JonasWomen’s junior lightweightsDAZN
Aug. 14Essex, LondonFelix Cash vs. Jason WelbornMiddleweightsDAZN
Aug. 15Tulsa, OklahomaJulio Cesar Martinez (c) vs. McWilliams ArroyoWBC flyweight titleDAZN
Aug. 22Essex LondonDillian Whyte (ic) vs. Alexander PovetkinInterim WBC heavyweight titleDAZN
Aug. 28Indio, CaliforniaJorge Linares vs. Javier Fortuna  
LightweightsDAZN
Oct. 3Cardiff, WalesGeorge Kambosos Jr. vs. Lee Selby  
IBF lightweight title eliminatorDAZN
Oct. 17Newcastle, EnglandLewis Ritson vs. Miguel Vazquez  
Junior welterweightsDAZN
Oct. 24LondonDaniel Dubois vs. Joy JoyceHeavyweightsTBD

Brent Brookhouse

2020-06-30 15:58:30

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