Boxing schedule for 2018 highlighted by Crawford vs. Horn; Manny Pacquiao next fight
Business is booming for boxing so far this year. After a trio of greats fights to kick off 2018 — including Deontay Wilder’s thunderous knockout of Luis Ortiz — Anthony Joshua put on a less-than-stellar performance against Joseph Parker in Cardiff, Wales. The fight never really put Joshua in much danger, and hopefully serves as a tuneup fight for a Wilder showdown later this year. The in May, pound-for-pound great Vasiliy Lomachenko moved up in weight to snag a third world title when he stopped lightweight champion Jorge Linares at Madison Square Garden in a fight where he was knocked down and appeared in danger.
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Now, we hit the meat of the fight schedule where just about every major champion is looking to defend a title. In June, Featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz returns to action when he gets Abner Mares in a long-awaited rematch and Jeff Horn makes his second defense of the welterweight title when he takes on Terence Crawford in Crawford’s first fight at a new weight class. Plus, former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury makes his return to the ring after a two-year layoff when he faces Sefan Seferi.
Below is a running list of boxing main events for the 2018 year.
Note: This will be updated constantly with changes and additions.
|May 26||Fresno, California||Jerwin Ancajas (c) vs. Jonas Sultan||Junior bantamweight title||ESPN+|
|June 2||London||George Groves (c) vs. Callum Smith||Super middleweight title||TBD|
|June 9||Los Angeles||Leo Santa Cruz (c) vs. Abner Mares||Featherweight title||Showtime|
|Las Vegas||Jeff Horn (c) vs. Terence Crawford||Welterweight title||ESPN+|
|June 9||Manchester, England||Tyson Fury vs. Sefan Seferi||Heavyweight||TBD|
|June16||Dallas||Errol Spence Jr. (c) vs. Charles Ocampo||Welterweight title||Showtime|
|June 22||Detroit||Claressa Shields vs. Hanna Gabriel||Women’s middleweight title||Showtme|
|June 23||London||Billy Joe Saunders (c) vs. Martin Murray||Middleweight title||TBD|
|Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Lucas Matthysee (c) vs. Manny Pacquiao||‘Regular’ middleweight title||TBD|