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The boxing calendar is almost complete for 2022, with just one title fight remaining to be fought this year between Kazuto Ioka and Joshua Franco on December 31st. Plenty of action is just around the corner, however, as boxing will get off to a fast start in January 2023 with four title fights in the calendar. Here’s a look at some of the biggest match ups on the horizon:
Gervonta Davis vs Hector Luis Garcia (WBA ‘Regular’ Lightweight Title)
- 1 Gervonta Davis vs Hector Luis Garcia (WBA ‘Regular’ Lightweight Title)
- 2 Jaron Ennis vs Karen Chukhadzhian (IBF ‘Interim’ Welterweight Title)
- 3 Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde (WBC, IBF and WBO Light-Heavyweight World Titles)
- 4 Jermell Charlo vs Tim Tszyu (WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO Super-Welterweight World Titles)
Two undefeated fighters will step into the ring on the 7th of January 2023 to contest the WBA ‘Regular’ Lightweight title. Gervonta Davis enters the fights as both the defending champion and the heavy favourite, with a professional record of 27-0-0 to date. 28-year-old Davis will be seeking his 26th knockout in 28 fights against Garcia, who holds a 16-0-0 record and comes into this clash off the back of two unanimous decision wins in 2022.
Jaron Ennis vs Karen Chukhadzhian (IBF ‘Interim’ Welterweight Title)
The same evening that Davis and Garcia contest the WBA ‘Regular’ Lightweight title, the IBF ‘Interim’ Welterweight belt will also be on the line when Jaron Ennis and Karen Chukhadzhian meet on January 7th as well. Ennis will be the overwhelming favourite against his Ukrainian opponent, as he carries a 29-0-0 record into this clash having defeated Custio Clayton earlier this year. Chukhadzhian will put up a good fight however, as he’s currently on a 20-fight winning streak and full of confidence.
Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde (WBC, IBF and WBO Light-Heavyweight World Titles)
Two weeks later, England’s Anthony Yarde will challenge Russia’s Artur Beterbiev for his three Light-Heavyweight titles on the 28th of January. Beterbiev currently holds the WBC, IBF and WBO Light-Heavyweight World titles, and is undefeated as a professional since debuting in 2013. The Russian will hold a healthy edge with the bookies also, though Yarde is the younger fighter and is no slouch at 23-2-0 across his career so should put up a strong challenge here. Expect an exciting clash in this long awaited bout that will take place in front of a passionate English crowd in Wembley, London.
Jermell Charlo vs Tim Tszyu (WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO Super-Welterweight World Titles)
Rounding out the month’s title fights in January, Jermell Charlo and Tim Tszyu will meet in what is expected to be the most competitive match up of the four. Charlo and Tszyu will contest the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO Super-Welterweight World titles, of which Charlo is the defending champion. The bout will take place in the home of boxing, Las Vegas, where Charlo will be home favourite as well. Though Tszyu heads into this match as the underdog at the bookmakers, he is the undefeated of the two, with a professional record of 21-0-0 for the Australian, against Charlo’s record of 35-1-1.
Tune in to catch this bout on the 28th of January 2023 to see who will be crowned the undisputed Super-Welterweight World champion. Keep an eye out for fights beyond January 2023 as well, as the much anticipated Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk clash that would unify the heavyweight belts is expected to be locked for some stage in February or March next year too.