October’s biggest boxing matches to look out for including Terence Crawford, Billy Joe Saunders and Naoya Inoue

There’s plenty of boxing to look forward to in October.

A couple of pound-for-pound stars – Terence Crawford and Naoya Inoue – are in action over the next few weeks alongside a whole host of other world class talent.

The World Boxing Super Series is also set to start up again with their new cruiserweight, super-lightweight and bantamweight tournaments.

You can read a full rundown of the upcoming boxing schedule below.

October is a busy month for boxing.

October is a busy month for boxing.

October 6: Jack Catterall vs Ohara Davies (Super-Lightweight) – Leicester Arena, UK

Controversial super-lightweight Ohara Davies heads into the second big domestic clash of his career, having lost the first to rising talent Josh Taylor. This time, he meets the unbeaten Jack Catterall, who is yet to be tested at this level. Nicola Adams and Daniel Dubois return on the card.

October 6: Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Johnson (IBF Light-Heavyweight Title) – Wintrust Arena, Chicago, USA

The headline bout on this show is a welterweight clash between Jessie Vargas and Thomas Dulorme. However, live on talkSPORT, the undercard features Callum Johnson challenging Artur Beterbiev for his IBF light-heavyweight crown and Gavin McDonnell taking on Daniel Roman for the WBA super-bantamweight strap. Heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller will meet the likely overmatched Tomasz Adamek.

October 6: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Iran Diaz (WBC Super-Flyweight Title) – Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand

After some personal problems, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is having a second tune-up bout of 2018 before getting back into the fray against the super-flyweight elite next year.

Srisaket famously knocked out Roman Gonzalez in 2017

Srisaket famously knocked out Roman Gonzalez in 2017

October 7: Naoya Inoue vs Juan Carlos Payano (WBA ‘Regular’ Bantamweight Title) – Yokohama Arena, Japan

The World Boxing Super Series returns with a bantamweight quarter-final between Japanese pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue and Juan Carlos Payano. Kiryl Relikh defends his WBA title in a separate quarter-final from the super-lightweight tournament on the undercard.

October 13: Lewis Ritson vs Francesco Patera (European Lightweight Title) – Radio Metro Arena, Newcastle, UK

Geordie hero Lewis Ritson looks to continue his destructive win streak while moving up to European level, live on talkSPORT. The unbeaten 25-year-old blitzed through the British scene and now takes on Francesco Patera for the vacant EBU title with Joshua Buatsi, Dave Allen and Robbie Davies Jr vs Glenn Foot on the undercard.

October 13: Martin Bakole vs Michael Hunter (Heavyweight) – York Hall, London, UK

Rising heavyweight prospect Martin Bakole could be one to watch out for. His next fight sees him face a man only beaten once, by cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk. It’s a good step up for Bakole after just eleven fights.

October 13: Zolani Tete vs Mikhail Aloyan (WBO Bantamweight Title) – Ekaterinburg Expo, Ekaterinburg, Russia

The second week of World Boxing Super Series quarter-finals features UK-based South African Zolani Tete defending his WBO title against Russia’s Mikhail Aloyan in the bantamweight tournament, while Andrew Tabiti fights Ruslan Fayfer in the cruiserweight version.

Last year Zolani Tete scored the quickest knockout in the history of boxing world title fights with his eleven-second KO of Siboniso Gonya

Last year Zolani Tete scored the quickest knockout in the history of boxing world title fights with his eleven-second KO of Siboniso Gonya

October 13: Terence Crawford v Jose Benavidez Jr (WBO Welterweight Title) – CHI Health Center, Omaha, USA

After winning the undisputed super-lightweight championship, Terence Crawford moved up to welterweight and claimed the WBO belt from Jeff Horn. His first defence sees him take on an unbeaten, but seemingly overmatched opponent in Jose Benavidez Jr.

October 20: Anthony Yarde vs Walter Gabriel Sequeira (Light-Heavyweight) – Brentwood Centre, Essex, UK

Light-heavyweight prospect Anthony Yarde has generated a lot of hype, but is still continuing to learn his trade against Walter Gabriel Sequeira, with a British welterweight title fight between Gary Corcoran and Johnny Garton on the bill.

October 20: Billy Joe Saunders vs Demetrius Andrade (WBO Middleweight Title) – TD Garden, Boston, USA

Billy Joe Saunders is set to defend his middleweight world title against technical American Demetrius Andrade, live on talkSPORT. However the bout is in doubt due to Saunders testing positive for oxilofrine. If he is licenced, the fight will go on. If not, Andrade will fight Walter Kautondokwa for the belt instead. James Tennyson challenges Tevin Farmer for his IBF super-lightweight title on the card, which also features Katie Taylor, Kid Galahad and Scott Quigg.

If Saunders isn’t licenced by the Massachusetts Commission, Andrade will face a replacement

If Saunders isn’t licenced by the Massachusetts Commission, Andrade will face a replacement

October 20: Emmanuel Rodriguez vs Jason Moloney (IBF Bantamweight Title) – CFE Arena, Orlando, Florida

The World Boxing Super Series’ third week of quarter-finals sees newly-crowned IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez defend against Jason Moloney. Also, returning cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos squares off against Mateusz Masternak.

October 20: Ryota Murata vs Rob Brant (WBA ‘Regular’ Middleweight Title) – Park Theater, Las Vegas, USA

Japanese Olympic gold medallist and middleweight sensation Ryota Murata holds the lesser ‘regular’ version of the WBA title which is truly held by Canelo Alvarez. He will defend this strap against once-beaten American Rob Brant in Las Vegas.

October 27: John Ryder vs Andrey Sirotkin (Super-Middleweight) – Copper Box, London, UK

This bill features no big-name attractions, but does entail five intriguing 50/50 fights. The card is live on talkSPORT and sees John Ryder vs Andrey Sirotkin (final eliminator for Callum Smith), Ted Cheeseman vs Asinia Byfield (British super-welterweight title), Luke Watkins vs Isaac Chamberlain, Jake Ball vs Craig Richards and Ryan Doyle vs Jordan Gill (Commonwealth featherweight title).

October 27: Kubrat Pulev vs Hughie Fury (Heavyweight) – Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria

Both Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller turned down this IBF final eliminator, but Hughie Fury stepped up and will travel to Bulgaria to face Kubrat Pulev in his own back yard. Fury lost a close fight to Joseph Parker for the WBO belt last year, though he’s only young and is now one win away from becoming IBF mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua.

Hughie Fury lost by majority decision against Joseph Parker in 2017

Hughie Fury lost by majority decision against Joseph Parker in 2017

October 27: Daniel Jacobs vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko (IBF Middleweight Title) – MSG Theater, New York, USA

Sergiy Derevyanchenko was Gennady Golovkin’s mandatory challenger earlier this year, however GGG had other ideas and faced Vanes Martirosyan and Canelo Alvarez instead. He was therefore stripped of his IBF title, which is now being fought for by Derevyanchenko and Daniel Jacobs. Alberto Machado defends his WBA ‘regular’ super-featherweight crown on the card.

October 27: Regis Prograis vs Terry Flanagan (Super-Lightweight) – Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, USA

October’s final week of World Boxing Super Series quarter-finals sees Manchester’s Terry Flanagan face hot US contender Regis Prograis in a tough super-lightweight clash. Ivan Baranchyk and Anthony Yigit face off for the vacant IBF super-lightweight title in another quarter-final that night.

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