Boxing fans have been spoiled this year. The sport is far from dead, we’re barely in the middle of August and we’ve seen several big matches already. Keep an eye on boxing news as more will be announced. Whatever is in the water right now, the promoters are outdoing each other with big fight after big fight. And we’re not complaining as we round up the best matchups yet to come this year.
As well explore a variety of other bouts odds here to win!
Best Boxing Fights for Remainder of 2023
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Jermell Charlo, Sep. 30 (Showtime PPV)
More history will be made this fall. Two undisputed champions meet when Canelo Alvarez, the undisputed super middleweight, takes on Jermell Charlo, the undisputed junior middleweight. The boxing lines favor Alvarez moderately though this could prove to be his hardest fight.
Charlo is 35-1-1 with 19 knockouts. Besides his prolific fighting style, he’s also the more boisterous of the twins. He’s been vocal about fighting Canelo (amongst others) for years. Now, he gets his wish.
Do we get this Canelo next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Charlo vs Canelo press conference?
— BOXING n BBQ (@BOXINGnBBQ) August 11, 2023
A press conference is scheduled this week, and it could be a must-watch given Charlo’s penchant for trash talk. He’s a proper foil to the typically chill Canelo. This is a fight that will deliver past the theatrics and be even better in the ring.
Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou, Oct. 28 (ESPN PPV)
Boxing purists may abhor this fight. But half of them will probably tune in anyway. No one can deny that Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou is a blockbuster event. This might be the biggest fight since Floyd Mayweather fought Conor McGregor back in 2017. That became the second-highest-selling PPV ever.
But while this is going to be billed as a battle of titans, the sportsbook thinks otherwise. Fury is upwards of a -1000 favorite and getting shorter. Boxers typically dominate MMA fighters, even one trained by Mike Tyson, when it comes to a boxing match.
Ngannou should still have a “puncher’s chance.” He’s known as the hardest puncher in UFC history. But that’s in MMA with five-ounce gloves. It’s a lot different in boxing with 16-ounce gloves, so most boxing picks are towards Fury.
Regis Prograis vs Devin Haney, TBD (DAZN PPV)
All eyes are on Devin Haney, the undisputed lightweight champion, to decide who he fights next: Shakur Stevenson or Regis Prograis. It’s likely the latter, as their promoters are working on setting a date (it was originally scheduled for Oct. 28).
The Las Vegas boxing odds will favor Haney to beat the junior welterweight and claim his second division title. Prograis has been aching to get his mitts on Haney, who just beat Vasiliy Lomachenko via a narrow decision. Despite his unbeaten record, Haney remains a boxer with plenty to prove.
Beating Prograis, a hard-hitting boxer up a weight class, could further legitimate Haney. Fans will continue to push a “superfight” between him and Stevenson. But a bout with Prograis has the potential to be the best for the year.
Chantelle Cameron vs Katie Taylor 2, Nov. 25 (DAZN)
Nearing the end of the year is the much-anticipated rematch between the women’s undisputed champions: Chantelle Cameron and Katie Taylor. The former handed the latter her first professional defeat in a highly competitive bout. It could have gone either way, and this rematch was inevitable.
Taylor opened as the favorite on the odds in the first bout. Now, she’s the underdog though a slight one. Boxing predictions remain split between the two though more pundits are giving Cameron her due following the result.
And just like the first bout, this one is set to be in Taylor’s home country of Ireland. Another victory from Cameron could cement her as the top women’s boxer on the planet, while a win from Taylor will lead to a trilogy.
Other Must-Watch Bouts
- Oleksandr Usyk vs Daniel Dubois, Aug. 26 (ESPN PPV)
- Liam Smith vs Chris Eubank Jr. 2, Sep. 2 (Sky Sports PPV)
- Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington, Oct. 7 (DAZN)
- Naoya Inoue vs Marlon Tapales, TBD (TBD)
- Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez vs Sunny Edwards, Dec. 16 (DAZN)