Monday, May 20, 2024

Boxing schedule for 2024: Canelo Alvarez vs. Jaime Munguia, Naoya Inoue vs. Luis Nery on tap for spring

2023 was a fantastic year for boxing, with nearly every major fight fans have called for actually getting made. The biggest of those fights that did not come together was a battle between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and IBF, WBA and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk to crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the four-belt era.

While that fight didn’t come together for 2023, it is set as the current highlight of the 2024 boxing calendar. Fury and Usyk will battle in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 18 with all four heavyweight world titles on the line. The fight was originally set for Feb. 17, but Fury suffered a cut in sparring just weeks out from the fight that forced the bout to be delayed. It wouldn’t be the only anticipated fight to hit a snag.

April has already seen a big clash between young junior welterweight stars Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia, with Haney putting his WBC championship on the line. Garcia had been acting erratically and many believed he had no shot to pull off the win after months of bizarre behavior. Instead, Garcia dropped Haney three times and took a majority decision, though he didn’t win the title as he’d not even attempted to make weight.

In the next big fight on the calendar, undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez is set for his first fight of 2024 when he battles fellow Mexican star Jaime Munguia over Cinco de Mayo weekend. Alvarez, 33, was last seen scoring a decisive win over Jermell Charlo in September. Hopes for him to face former WBC titleholder David Benavidez quickly went away when Munguia entered the fray. Munguia is undefeated at 43-0 and coming off a TKO of John Ryder in January.

Another major showdown is set for the summer in Saudi Arabia as an undisputed light heavyweight champion will be crowned. Unified titleholder Artur Beterbiev will take on WBA champ Dmitry Bivol on June 1 with all four titles at stake.

Two other high-profile summer bouts will capture the attention of different crowds. Former UFC stars Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal will meet in the boxing ring on June 1, a spiritual successor to their ceremonial BMF championship fight at UFC 244 in 2019. In one of the strangest, yet most intriguing fights on the boxing calendar, former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will return to the boxing ring at age 58 against social media star-turned-boxer Jake Paul, 27, on Netflix. More details on that fight are still to be revealed, including whether it will somehow be sanctioned as a professional bout or held as an exhibition.

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

2024 upcoming boxing schedule

Date Location Main event Weightclass/title Network
April 27 Fresno, California Jose Ramirez vs. Rances Barthelemy Junior welterweights DAZN
May 4 Las Vegas Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (c) vs. Jaime Munguia Undisputed super middleweight titles Prime Video, DAZN
May 4 Osaka, Japan Emmanuel Rodriguez (c) vs. Ryosuke Nishida IBF bantamweight title TBA
May 6 Tokyo Naoya Inoue (c) vs. Luis Nery Undisputed super bantamweight titles ESPN
May 11 Cardiff Jessica McCaskill (c) vs. Lauren Price WBA women’s welterweight title Peacock
May 12 Perth, Australia Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. George Kambosos Vacant IBF lightweight title ESPN
May 18 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Tyson Fury (c) vs. Oleksandr Usyk (c) Undisputed heavyweight titles PPV
May 18 San Diego Emanuel Navarrete vs. Denys Berinchyk Vacant WBO lightweight title ESPN
May 25 Leeds, England Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall Junior welterweight ESPN+
June 1 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Artur Beterbiev (c) vs. Dmitry Bivol (c) Undisputed light heavyweight titles PPV
June 1 Inglewood, California Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal Light heavyweights PPV
June 15 Manati, Puerto Rico Subriel Matias (c) vs. Liam Paro IBF junior welterweight title TBA
June 29 Miami Teofimo Lopez (c) vs. Steve Claggett WBO junior welterweight title ESPN
June 29 Glendale, Arizona Juan Francisco Estrada (c) vs. Jesse Rodriguez WBC junior bantamweight title DAZN
July 20 Arlington, Texas Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul Heavyweights Netflix
Aug. 3 Los Angeles Terence Crawford vs. Israil Madrimov Junior middleweights TBD

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