Teofimo Lopez to Tyson Fury: 5 Unification Fights We Cannot Miss This Year

Published 05/18/2021, 1:00 PM EDT


2021 looks like a promising year for boxing with stars like Teofimo Lopez, Tyson Fury, and others coming up with their official matchups. After years of advertisement, a handful of unification fights can finally meet fruition this year. Hence, it would be a busy calendar for the sport.

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Other than that, several exhibition fights, legendary comebacks, and major title bouts would also be aligned. However, a few unification fights might steal all the glory. Several of those fights are already confirmed and a few more additions can further intensify the tale. Here’s a preview of the unification battles that every boxing fan should watch this year.

Teofimo Lopez (C) vs George Kambosos Jr. (135 lbs unification)

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‘Take Over’  Teofimo Lopez will try to register his first successful title defense when he takes on the undefeated George Kambosos Jr. in a main event on June 19. Following a dominant win over Vasyl Lomachenko, Lopez seems the favorite over Kambosos Jr.

Nevertheless, the Australian opposition posses the chance to land an upset and can rightly influence the title ride of the lightweight division. Moreover, the fight can also stage an important transition in both the contenders’ careers. The sensational fight will be streamed live on Triller Fight Club, along with a stacked card.

Tyson Fury (C) vs Anthony Joshua (C) (Heavyweight unification)

Often considered as a modern-day classic, Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua is finally official. The fight will take place on August 14 in Saudi Arabia and WBC champion Fury has confirmed the news via social media.

‘The Gypsy King’ will put his WBC belt and an unbeaten tag at stake, alongside Anthony Joshua’s WBA, WBO, and IBF title, to determine the best heavyweight of the generation. It is one such fight that is assumed to be the biggest event in boxing history. So, no combat fan can miss out on it.

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Jose Ramirez (C) vs Josh Taylor (C)  (140 lbs unification)

While several prime boxers chose to avoid their viable opponents, Taylor and Ramirez are built differently. The undefeated super lightweight champions have walked over the division, beating everyone on their way. So, it’s time to share the canvas.

Josh Taylor, WBA (Super) and IBF champion, will collide against the WBC and WBO titlist Jose Ramirez and the winner will take all four belts. The event will take place at the Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas on May 22. It will be streamed live on ESPN, sending chills throughout the combat universe.

Canelo Alvarez (C) vs Caleb Plant (C)  (168 lbs unification)

Under just six months, P4P king Canelo Alvarez has staged three wins in his 168 lbs ride, taking out two unbeaten champions. First, he beat Callum Smith for the WBC, WBA, and Ring titles in December. Then after defending them against Avni Yildirim, Alvarez stopped Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO crown.

May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

He is now one belt away from being the undisputed unified champion and for that, the Mexican needs to outwork another unbeaten champion in Caleb Plant. The fight is still not official but will seemingly happen in September. While both champions are eager to lock horns, fight fans can gear up for a nail-biting collision.

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Franchon Crews-Dezurn (C) vs Elin Cederroos (C) (Female 168 lbs unification)

Following a loss to Claressa Shields on debut, Franchon Crews-Dezurn has had a stellar journey in her professional career. 8 fight-old Dezurn holds a record of 7-1, alongside the WBC and WBO super middleweight belts under her name.

She will now put everything on the line against the undefeated WBA and IBF champion Elin Cederroos This is a fight that can bring the best out of both the men and clear the path for the 168 lbs roster.

The matchup will happen in the undercard of Lopez vs Kambosos Jr. on June 19 and will be available live on Triller.

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Meanwhile, the 147 lbs roster could have seen the same if Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford could settle their much-awaited fight. Nevertheless, they are far from coming to terms and don’t seem to square off anytime soon. Still, boxing fans would have a good time watching umpteen unification battles this year.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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