Don’t be surprised if Tyson Fury fights Oleksandr Usyk in 2022, or if Terence Crawford-Errol Spence Jr. doesn’t reunite

With a pair of undisputed title fights over the next six weeks and the schedule beyond March beginning to fill up quickly, boxing is back in action after a short lull. A pair of fights in the UK kicked off a thrilling streak, as Amir Khan and Kell Brook faced off in a grudge match on February 19, followed by Josh Taylor’s first defense of his undisputed junior welterweight championship against Jack Catterall.

Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano are set for their rematch for the undisputed junior middleweight championship on March 19 in Los Angeles. And some of the biggest names in heavyweight are also lined up, with Tyson Fury set to fight Dillian Whyte while Oleksandr Usyk gives Anthony Joshua his mandatory rematch.

But what comes next? After negotiations for a heavyweight championship unification bout between Fury and Usyk fell apart, recent boxing history points to a troubling trend of superfights not coming together. But as long as Fury and Usyk win their respective fights, don’t be surprised if the two main heavyweight title holders can strike a deal together.

Things are looking decidedly less optimistic for another long-awaited unification bout, despite some factors improving for Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr.

In response to some of boxing’s most pressing questions and questions that may arise in the near future, Mike Coppinger and Nick Parkinson are here to prepare you.

Don’t be surprised if Tyson Fury fights Oleksandr Usyk in 2022

Copper : Fury and Usyk were on a collision course for a June fight in Saudi Arabia until an opt-out package for WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua, who has a contractual right to a rematch against Usyk. , collapsed at the 11th hour . Fury will now fight Whyte on April 23 while Usyk heads for a rematch with Joshua, delaying any opportunity to have an undisputed heavyweight champion until at least later this year.

If Fury and Usyk, the favorites in these fights, emerge victorious as expected, there doesn’t seem to be any obstacle to a deal later in 2022. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was ready to hand out $155 million to secure Fury -Joshua last. year, so a financial package that will satisfy both boxers shouldn’t be a problem.

Assuming Fury-Usyk materializes in 2022, this should be the biggest fight of the year. Fury is boxing’s second-biggest active star after Canelo Alvarez, and Usyk’s name has grown tremendously since dominating Joshua in September.

The one fight that could top Fury-Usyk commercially is a potential third meeting between Canelo and GGG.


Don’t be surprised if there is no undisputed welterweight champion in 2022

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Max Kellerman says Terence Crawford’s Twitter exchange with Errol Spence Jr. gives the potential matchup more public interest, which may generate bigger fight purse.

Copper : Errol Spence Jr. and Yordenis Ugas will meet in April to unify three 147-pound belts. Whoever emerges victorious will be assigned to face the winner of a fight between Eimantas Stanionsis and Radzhab Butaev, who is on the Spence-Ugas undercard in April.

Stanionsis, the WBA’s mandatory challenger, withdrew to allow Ugas to fight Spence. If the Spence-Ugas winner wants to unify the four belts against the other champion, Terence Crawford, either Stanionsis or Butaev will have to give their blessing again.

Even with a mandatory challenger in the way, the basic elements of a fight between Spence and Crawford are in place. Spence is now recovered from surgery to repair a detached retina and Crawford is no longer promoted by Top Rank. Al Haymon and Bob Arum rarely do business with each other, which has been a major impediment to Spence-Crawford’s efforts for years.

Still, it’s much more likely that we won’t crown an undisputed welterweight champion in 2022, regardless of who wins the Spence-Ugas fight and whether the mandatory is acceptable or not. If Spence emerges victorious, don’t be surprised if he moves up to 154 pounds in the near future.


Don’t be surprised if Brian Castano defeats Jermell Charlo in their rematch

Copper : I was at ringside in San Antonio in July for the first match between Charlo and Castano, an exciting fight for the undisputed junior middleweight championship.

I scored the fight for Castano, 117-111, but the Argentine settled for a draw on the official scorecards. Castano beat Charlo to the punch all night and confused Charlo with relentless pressure. Luckily for Charlo, the pre-fight betting favorite in front of a home crowd, he got a friendly result.

This time, Castano assured that the fight will take place in neutral territory – March 19 in Los Angeles. I expect Charlo to fight better in the rematch, in part because he performed much better in his only other rematch to date – a 2019 11th round knockout of Tony Harrison to avenge the only loss. of her career.

But Castano is one of the most underrated boxers in the game, and his teeming style should still be too much for Charlo. Either way, hopefully we win another undisputed boxing champion when the fight is over this time around.


Don’t be surprised if Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook becomes a contender for Fight of the Year

Parkinson’s: Both 35-year-olds appear to be in the dying embers of their careers, but this fight will still ignite. There’s no denying that the two are a little past their prime – welterweight division No. 1 Terence Crawford has stopped them both since 2019, and Khan was also knocked out by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez when he moved up to middleweight in 2016. But those losses won’t take away from the level of entertainment at Manchester Arena on February 19.

UK fight fans love a domestic grudge match, and this fight has the potential to rank alongside some of the greatest the UK has seen in the past decade. This list includes Tony Bellew-David Haye (2018, heavyweight), Carl Froch-George Groves (2013, 2014, super middleweight), Anthony Joshua-Dillian Whyte (2015, heavyweight), Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg (2016, junior featherweight) and Haye-Dereck Chisora ​​(2012, heavyweight).

The rivalry and animosity between Khan and Brook is legitimate, and this is the last chance of their careers to make that long-awaited fight. After years of chatter, there will be no holding back when they both make the trip from their homes in Bolton (Khan) and Sheffield (Brook) for this welterweight clash.

“Everyone says Brook-Khan should have happened three or four years ago, but people said that about Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao and it still broke records,” said Ben Shalom, the head of BOXXER, who is promoting this fight. “Brook only fought for a world title in his last fight, and it’s still a huge fight. UK needs this fight. They both hate each other and it was painful to get them. to manage.”

Khan’s hand speed is still a deadly weapon, but the former world junior welterweight champion hasn’t boxed in nearly two and a half years. How will that impact his pacing and success, and can he escape the power Brook will bring to the encounter?

Brook has a heavier hand, but how much damage was left by the Sheffield boxer’s fourth-round loss to WBO champion Crawford in November 2020? Brook had previously suffered eye socket fractures in stoppage losses to Errol Spence (2017), the current WBC-IBF welterweight champion, and Gennadiy Golovkin (2016), the current IBF middleweight champion.

Both men suffered punishing losses, and both suffered significant damage throughout their careers in both wins and losses. This may be their last big moment in the spotlight, and it’s likely to be a fast and furious firefight not to be missed.


Don’t be surprised if Josh Taylor only makes one defense of his undisputed title

Parkinson’s: After working hard to make history and unify the junior welterweight division last year, Josh Taylor will most likely leave the division, as long as he pulls off his first defense against England’s Jack Catterall in front of his home fans in Scotland on February 26. In Taylor’s eyes, there isn’t enough opposition, challenge and big money fights left at 140 pounds.

Taylor beat Jose Ramirez by unanimous decision in May of last year. It was a clash between the two best boxers in the division, and Taylor left no doubt after beating Ramirez twice in a brilliant display. But after Catterall, so what?

Taylor openly admits that his future lies at welterweight, a division full of talent. He has the potential to increase his career earnings in matchups against some of the sport’s most prominent boxers, such as Terence Crawford (WBO champion), Errol Spence (WBC, IBF champion) and Vergil Ortiz. At 31, Taylor wants to cash in, but a concern for Taylor is the current legal situation between former Crawford promoter and Taylor’s current promoter, Top Rank.

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