The brand new 12 months is kicking off with loads of motion
After a thrilling 2018 for boxing, the upcoming 12 months has excessive requirements to stay as much as.
January is usually a quiet month for the game and that continues to be the case within the UK with no main reveals happening within the opening month of 2019.
Nevertheless, due to America’s ever-broadening broadcast panorama, there’ll nonetheless be loads of fights to observe within the first few weeks of the 12 months.
You possibly can learn a full rundown of the upcoming boxing schedule beneath.
January 13: Jose Uzcategui vs Caleb Plant (IBF Super-Middleweight Title) – Microsoft Theater, LA, USA
The year begins with a Sunday night show in which IBF super-middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui defends his title against mandatory challenger Caleb Plant. The Venezuelan picked up the belt in far from ideal fashion after James DeGale vacated it and so will be looking to prove his world level legitimacy in his next few fights.
January 18: Bryant Jennings vs Oscar Rivas (Heavyweight) – Turning Stone, New York, USA
American heavyweight Bryant Jennings will face an intriguing test in the form of unbeaten Oscar Rivas to kick of his 2019. The heavyweight division is thrilling at present, though Jennings has become a forgotten man in this mix – something he will need to change in order to secure a second title shot.
January 18: Demetrius Andrade vs Artur Akavov (WBO Middleweight Title) – MSG Theater, New York, USA
Whereas there aren’t any UK reveals in January, British promoter Eddie Hearn remains to be working as he shall be internet hosting this card within the US. Newly topped WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade fights former Billy Joe Saunders opponent Artur Akavov in the primary occasion, whereas Jorge Linares continues to construct his super-lightweight file on the undercard.
January 19: Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner (WBA ‘Common’ Welterweight Title) – MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA
It’s uncommon to see a card of this magnitude so early within the calendar, as January just isn’t a perfect month for PPV occasions. Nonetheless, eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao will defend his welterweight belt in opposition to four-weight king Adrien Broner on a present which contains a light-heavyweight conflict between Badou Jack and Marcus Browne, plus a vacant bantamweight title struggle – Nordine Oubaali vs Rau’shee Warren.
January 26: Jamie Munguia vs Takeshi Inoue (WBO Tremendous-Welterweight Title) – Toyota Middle, Houston, USA
Having solely not too long ago turned 22, Mexico’s Jaime Munguia is among the youngest world champions in boxing. As such, he’s nonetheless studying his commerce and can tackle Japanese challenger Takeshi Inoue in his subsequent bout. On the undercard, Jesus Rojas defends his WBA ‘Common’ Featherweight Title in opposition to Can Xu.
January 26: Keith Thurman vs Josesito Lopez (WBA Welterweight Title) – Barclays Middle, New York, USA
After virtually two years out of the ring, former unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman will return to defend the one belt he has left in opposition to the overmatched Josesito Lopez. Thurman is among the world’s finest at his weight and was missed whereas absent, however now should work to show once more that he’s a welterweight king. Earlier within the evening, we’ll see a heavyweight conflict between Adam Kownacki and Gerald Washington.