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Boxing's Fall Blockbuster Events Preview

by Ike Feldman
Updated On: September 21, 2021, 9:53 pm ET

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With the fall season right around the corner, the combat sports (MMA/ boxing) schedule is jammed packed every weekend into the winter (30 events), but let's focus on some of the blockbuster combat sports events that’ll have your jaw dropping faster than the leaves.


Sept. 25th, London, EN – Joshua vs. Usyk

(-294) Anthony Joshua vs. (+220) Oleksandr Usyk is going to be massive! Once again, Joshua will be in his United Kingdom backyard taking on a worthy foe. Joshua has made a living being the center of the universe in the UK when he fights. On multiple occasions, the Thor-like figure has drawn around 80,000 fans to see his fights. Amazing! It was literally the first time he left his home turf that he suffered defeat. Back now, and back on a roll, Joshua is once again fighting in front of familiar faces. Joshua is looking to put on a showcase against the undefeated Ukrainian powerhouse, Usyk. Smartly, Usyk’s management have put their prizefighter in the line of battle as he’s fought multiple times in the UK recently. This is a huge fight for boxing as the two 2012 Olympic Gold medalists (heavyweight, super-heavyweight) will try to outshine the other. Expect Joshua to use his beautifully crisp technique to - like always - avoid the big shot, land shots of his own and chop down the tree until it eventually falls.


• Oct. 5th, New York, NY – Lopez vs. Kambosos

(-800) Teófimo López vs. (+700) George Kambosos Jr. is a big fight that was previously booked for June 5th, but Teofimo Lopez had to pull out because of a positive COVID-19 test. The story surrounding this fight is not only Lopez’s health and recovery, but how good can the Brooklyn, NY native look now that he’s at the top of the food chain after taking out pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko last fall. The rising star will face undefeated Australian, George Kambosos, who’d want nothing more than to steal the shine away from Lopez who will have the entire fight community keyed in on his performance. All roads lead to the massive rematch with Lomachenko...

• Oct. 9th, Las Vegas, NV – Fury vs. Wilder III

(-333) Tyson Fury vs. (+245) Deontay Wilder has been in a three-year feud for who’s the baddest man on the planet. In December of 2018, in a fight that Fury was winning quite handily, out of nowhere, Wilder cracked Fury with his signature power. Late in the fight, and by some miracle, Fury rose from the dead and went on to make the fight a draw on the judges' scorecards. In their February 2020 rematch, Fury fought fire with fire, and smartly (but dangerously) stepped into punching range and brought the fight to Wilder that ultimately revealed a huge weakness in the Bronze Bomber’s game that led to his first career loss. Next month, fight fans should see some sort of finality to this epic three-fight battle of whether Wilder’s post-fight excuses were justified, or Fury simply cracked the code. This fight will be historic, you don’t want to miss this one!


• Nov. 6th Venue TBD – Alvarez vs. Plant

(-1000) Canelo Alvarez vs. (+600) Caleb Plant is another showcase for the world’s #1 pound-for-pound boxer, Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez is trying to continue to pad his bank account and highlight reel. The venue city for this fight has not been finalized, but Alvarez could fight in the middle of a frozen pond and would draw 50,000 fans. Alvarez is on a completely different level than his competition. The Mexican phenom hasn’t had a difficult fight in years and at 31-years young, he’s only getting better. Alvarez will be facing undefeated Tennessee native Caleb Plant who has a tall task lying in front of him, and would literally shock the world if he pulls off a nearly impossible upset.

• Nov. 20th Las Vegas, NV – Crawford vs. Porter

(-550) Terence Crawford vs. (+340) Shawn Porter is a fight that we've been forward to for over a year. In boxing, it takes a couple of planets to align to get a fight like this. And for fans that have been following one of the elite of the elite boxers in the world, in Terence Crawford, it's refreshing to see this matchup come to fruition. Going to be a huge fight for boxing and for Crawford to showcase once again why he deserves to be in the #1 pound-for-pound conversation.


• Dec. 11th New York, NY – Lomachenko vs. Commey (rumored)

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Ike Feldman

Ike Feldman is not only a longtime combat sports practitioner, but he is also an Edgy broadcaster that has been covering and handicapping combat sports on a high level since 2016. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @IkeFeldman to get unrivaled MMA and Boxing content, insight and entertainment.