The new year is kicking off with plenty of action
After a thrilling 2018 for boxing, the upcoming year has high standards to live up to.
January is often a quiet month for the sport and that remains the case in the UK with no major shows taking place in the opening month of 2019.
However, thanks to America’s ever-broadening broadcast landscape, there will still be plenty of fights to watch in the first few weeks of the year.
You can read a full rundown of the upcoming boxing schedule below.
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review of the year
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Tyson Fury wins two Ring Magazine awards after sensational 2018 comeback
EYE OF THE TIGER
Anthony Joshua feeds tigers while on holiday with friends in Dubai
Anthony Joshua names fellow Brit as his dream opponent from any era
DO THE DEAL
Lennox Lewis publicly explains how Joshua should make Wilder fight happen
‘TO THIS DAY’
Anthony Joshua mocks furious Deontay Wilder in American interview
Hearn admits Joshua vs Wilder unlikely to happen, reveals Fury talks
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
While there are no UK shows in January, British promoter Eddie Hearn is still working as he will be hosting this card in the US. Newly crowned WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade fights former Billy Joe Saunders opponent Artur Akavov in the main event, while Jorge Linares continues to build his super-lightweight record on the undercard.
January 19: Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner (WBA ‘Regular’ Welterweight Title) – MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA
It’s rare to see a card of this magnitude so early in the calendar, as January is not an ideal month for PPV events. Nonetheless, eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao will defend his welterweight belt against four-weight king Adrien Broner on a show which features a light-heavyweight clash between Badou Jack and Marcus Browne, plus a vacant bantamweight title fight – Nordine Oubaali vs Rau’shee Warren.
January 26: Jamie Munguia vs Takeshi Inoue (WBO Super-Welterweight Title) – Toyota Center, Houston, USA
Having only recently turned 22, Mexico’s Jaime Munguia is one of the youngest world champions in boxing. As such, he is still learning his trade and will take on Japanese challenger Takeshi Inoue in his next bout. On the undercard, Jesus Rojas defends his WBA ‘Regular’ Featherweight Title against Can Xu.
January 26: Keith Thurman vs Josesito Lopez (WBA Welterweight Title) – Barclays Center, New York, USA
After almost two years out of the ring, former unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman will return to defend the one belt he has left against the overmatched Josesito Lopez. Thurman is one of the world’s best at his weight and was missed while absent, but now must work to prove again that he’s a welterweight king. Earlier in the night, we’ll see a heavyweight clash between Adam Kownacki and Gerald Washington.