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Boxing schedule for 2023: Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou, Leigh Wood vs. Josh Warrington on tap

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2023 has been an incredible year for boxing. Nearly every fight fans have been clamoring for over the past few years has either been scheduled or has already happened in this calendar year, with some of boxing’s elite pound-for-pound talents turning in performances that have proven just how great they truly are. Sprinkle in a list of fantastic Fight of the Year contenders and 2023 has been the sport’s best year in decades.

Gervonta “Tank” Davis won boxing’s first “megafight” of 2023, stopping Ryan Garcia with a body shot in a April meeting of two of boxing’s brightest — and most popular — young stars. Devon Haney outlasted Vasil Lomachenko to remain undisputed lightweight champion in a tactical thriller in May. July delivered two more incredible showings, with Naoya Inoue blasting through Stephen Fulton to win two world titles in his first fight at super bantamweight and Terence Crawford handing Errol Spence Jr. a one-sided beatdown to become undisputed welterweight champion.

The most recent elite pound-for-pound fighter in action was Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Alvarez defended his undisputed super middleweight crown against undisputed junior middleweight champ Jermell Charlo to close out September. Charlo was never competitive as Alvarez scored a knockdown and took a wide unanimous decision.

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Focus now turns to the big fights of October. Leigh Wood defends the WBA featherweight title against Josh Warrington on Oct. 7. Social media influencer KSI will also take on the biggest test of his young boxing career against Tommy Fury on Oct. 14. Janibek Alimkhanuly and Vincenzo Gualtieri will meet to unify the WBO and IBF middleweight titles that same night.

Everything leads up to Oct. 28 when WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury battles former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

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

Date Location Main event Weightclass/title Network
Oct. 7 Sheffield, England Leigh Wood (c) vs. Josh Warrington WBA featherweight title DAZN
Oct. 7 Las Vegas Gilberto Ramirez vs. Joe Smith Cruiserweight DAZN
Oct. 14 Manchester, England KSI vs. Tommy Fury Cruiserweight DAZN PPV
Oct. 14 Rosenberg, Texas Janibek Alimkhanuly (c) vs. Vincenzo Gualtieri (c) WBO, IBF middleweight titles ESPN
Oct. 15 Broadbeach, Australia Tim Tszyu (c) vs. Brian Mendoza WBO junior middleweight title Showtime
Oct. 21 Liverpool, England Jack Catterall vs. Jorge Linares Super lightweight DAZN
Oct. 27 Managua, Nicaragua Jonathan Gonzalez (c) vs. Gerardo Zapata WBO junior flyweight title ESPN
Oct. 27 Orlando Amanda Serrano (c) vs. Danila Ramos Undisputed featherweight title DAZN
Oct. 28 Riadyh, Saudi Arabia Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou Heavyweights ESPN+ PPV
Oct. 28 Cancun, Mexico O’Shaquie Foster (c) vs. Eduardo Hernandez WBC super featherweight title DAZN
Nov. 4 Monte Carlo Joe Cordina (c) vs. Edward Vazquez IBF super featherweight title DAZN
Nov. 4 Miami Adrien Broner vs. Chris Howard Welterweight TBA
Nov. 4 Lake Tahoe, Nevada Efe Ajagba vs. Joe Goodall Heavyweight ESPN
Nov. 15 TBA Takuma Inoue (c) vs. Jerwin Ancajas WBA bantamweight title ESPN
Nov. 16 Las Vegas Shakur Stevenson vs. Edwin De Los Santos Vacant WBC lightweight title ESPN
Nov. 18 Inglewood, California Diego Pacheco vs. Marcelo Coceres Super middleweight DAZN
Nov. 25 Dublin Chantelle Cameron (c) vs. Katie Taylor Undisputed super lightweight title DAZN
Dec. 16 Glendale, Arizona Jesse Rodriguez (c) vs. Sunny Edwards (c) WBO, IBF flyweight titles DAZN

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