With half of 2020 being uneventful in the boxing world, fans have been longing to see some exciting match-ups in the second half. Although there have been some good bouts recently, most of the action is yet to take place. Here are some upcoming matches the fans can look forward to for the rest of this year.
Jermall Charlo vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko (September 26)
The twin brothers, Jermall and Jermell, will make their return to the squared circle on September 26. Their last fight was in December 2019. While Jermall is coming off a seventh-round stoppage win over Dennis Hogan (for the WBC middleweight title), Jermell is coming off the biggest win of his career with an eleventh-round stoppage of the then champion, Tony Harrison. With this, the latter regained his WBC light middleweight title while also avenging the only loss of his career.
Jermall, 30-0, will face a tough Ukrainian contender, Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Derevyanchenko will challenge him for the WBC middleweight title and hope to win his first title. Jermall, on the other hand, will look forward to a fourth consecutive title defense. The resilient Derevyanchenko is yet to be stopped in his professional career, despite being knocked down in the very first round in both his losses. His only two losses came via decisions.
Derevyanchenko’s last fight for the vacant IBO and IBF middleweight titles ended in a loss to the Kazakh powerhouse, Gennady Golovkin. Jermall realizes the impact of stopping Sergiy will have on his resume and the level of credibility it will add to his WBC title reign.
“It would definitely deliver a statement to the world of boxing. To let them know that, yeah, the power’s for real and I can get in there with just about anybody,” Charlo said during a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
Jermell Charlo vs Jeison Rosario (September 26)
Jermell, 34-1, 17 KOs, is hoping to defend his WBC Super welterweight title against Dominican professional boxer, Jeison Rosario (22-1-1, 14 KOs). He will also look to add the WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO Super welterweight titles to his resume. Rosario is set to make the first defense of his recently acquired belts against the American, Julian Williams. Rosario stopped Williams in the fifth-round in January 2020. Both fighters are coming off the biggest wins of their careers and will enter the ring with the utmost confidence.
Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz (October 24)
October will have two exciting bouts for the fans with the WBA lightweight champion, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) moving back down to 130 pounds to fight for the WBA Super featherweight title against the current champion, Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) on October 24. The latter will look to take away Gervonta’s lightweight championship belt in an unusual stipulation where both their titles are on the line. Even though the fight will take place in the super featherweight division.
Gervonta, who moved up to lightweight after facing weight cut issues multiple times, has a big challenge ahead of him with a lot to lose in this bout. A potential penalty if he misses weight, and the danger of losing the title at a different weight class. This could lead to a huge drop in his stock, especially after his last win. A performance that many fans and critics termed as “lackluster.”
Meanwhile, Santa Cruz is coming off a unanimous decision victory over American Miguel Flores. Going into this bout, he will be the more experienced boxer in the 130 pounds division. Besides that, he will have an opportunity to win the WBA (Regular) lightweight title without stepping in the 135 pounds division.
Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce (October 24)
The WBO International heavyweight champion “Dynamite” Daniel Dubois (14-0, 13 KOs) is coming off a rather easy TKO win in the second round over the relatively unknown Dutchman, Ricardo Snijders. He will defend his title against the Olympic silver medalist “Juggernaut” Joe Joyce (11-0, 10 KOs) on October 24 in the biggest test of his career.
Joyce, who was on the sidelines since July 2019, made his return to the ring against Michael Wallisch in July 2020. The “Juggernaut” won by second-round TKO. Regarding his upcoming fight on October 24, Dubois said:
“I’m not worried about what happens to Joe Joyce after I beat him, it’s him or me. It was great news to get the new date so I can finally punch up Dubois”.
Both fighters will look forward to getting the biggest win of their careers and a chance to challenge the elite heavyweights in the division.
TBA: Errol Spence Jr. vs Danny Garcia (November 21)
The American Errol Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) will look forward to adding another name to his impressive boxing resume. He will put his undefeated record, his WBC, and IBF welterweight titles on the line against Danny Garcia on November 21. This bout will decide the “King Of The Division.”
Spence is coming off a split decision victory in a sensational bout over Shawn Porter, who has a unanimous decision win over Spence’s current opponent, Danny Garcia. The former will try to get back to his winning ways after suffering a major car accident in October last year.
Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ivan Redkach. He will look forward to winning major welterweight titles after losing his WBC welterweight belt against Keith Thurman via a split decision in 2017.
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. (November 28)
To wrap up the year with a bang, legendary heavyweight “Iron” Mike Tyson will make his return to the squared circle after 15 years. It will be an 8 round exhibition match on November 28. He will face off against another boxing great, Roy Jones Jr. The latter has had a much shorter layoff period compared to his rival.
Tyson (50-6-0-2, 44 KOs) became the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history at 20 years and 4 months after knocking out Michael Spinks in the very first round in 1988. He hung up his gloves after a loss to Kevin McBride in June 2005. Tyson, however, declared his comeback to the world of boxing at 53 through a series of training videos.
Jones (66-9, 47 KOs) was widely regarded as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. He has won titles in four different weight classes. Jones was finalized as Tyson’s opponent after going through a string of potential match-ups. Originally, the bout was set for September this year. The promoters, however, shifted the date to November 28 to ensure maximum revenue.