Despite emerging from the heart of the pandemic, boxing gave many unforgettable moments and massive matches during a thrilling 2021.
Building on that positive trend, the stage is set for the sport’s best stars and brightest prospects to compete in more high-profile bouts this year.
BOXRAW breaks down the greatest potential fights ahead of what appears to be a fantastic year for boxing in 2022.
There’s no doubt who the current face of boxing is. Canelo Alvarez has taken up the pound-for-pound gauntlet, and he and acclaimed coach Eddy Reynoso closed 2021 with merited Fighter of the Year honors.
As the top dog and top box office draw, Canelo has no shortage of possible opponents, all of whom are looking for a life-changing payout or the chance to make history.
Middleweight champion Jermall Charlo appears to be Canelo’s most likely opponent in 2022. The undisputed super-middleweight champion is also connected to fights against David Benavidez, Artur Beterbiev, and Ilunga Makabu.
More super fights may occur in the following months if all parties are willing to engage.
Last year, he shocked Teofimo Lopez Jr. George Kambosos Jr. catapulted himself to the top of the rankings, becoming the unified lightweight world champion in New York City.
Gervonta Davis’ run as a pay-per-view draw across America continued during this period, with victories over Mario Barrios and Isaac Cruz. As a result, both division titleholders appear to be headed for a flight later in 2022, which would be a massive lightweight battle.
Boxing as a whole benefit when the heavyweight category thrives. Last year, this was the situation with Tyson Fury’s trilogy knockout of Deontay Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk’s dethronement of Anthony Joshua attracting the public’s attention.
This year, the two reigning heavyweight champions should fight for all the marbles to determine who is the saddest guy on the planet.
Having a single undisputed heavyweight champion would be a significant step forward for boxing. That is, assuming Fury can get over Dillian Whyte’s danger after the two agreed to an all-British fight next.
In heavyweight boxing, anything can happen. It only takes one shot, as the saying goes. Deontay Wilder, probably more than any other fighter now, epitomizes this.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ is one of the thrilling and deadly punchers around, despite a second stoppage loss to long-time adversary Tyson Fury.
A rematch with Anthony Joshua, who might find himself in a similar situation if he opts for an Oleksandr Usyk rematch early this year, would have all the makings of another tense heavyweight bout.
Could 2022 be the year Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford finally meet? For quite some time, the two welterweight champions have been the undisputed leaders of the division.
For years, the two have been slated to clash in one of the most anticipated matches in boxing history.
With ‘Bud’ now a free agent and Spence Jr. recovering from an injury setback, this long-awaited mega-fight could finally happen before the end of the year.
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