Boxing schedule for 2021: Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim, Miguel Berchelt vs. Oscar Valdez on tap

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After a tumultuous 2020 that saw many major fights canceled or postponed, boxing is ready to head into 2021. As many champions and pound-for-pound elites hung on the sidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic, boxing missed out on some big-time fights. However, as the year went out, fighters slowly started to trickle back into the ring, albeit not against the competition we would like to see.

But with guys like Anthony Joshua, Terence Crawford, Errol Spence, Canelo Alvarez and GGG all getting in some tune-up fights, things are looking bright for 2021. And things got rolling with a strong start from Ryan Garcia, who rallied from an early knockdown to stop Luke Campbell and claim the interim WBC lightweight title. Garcia, along with Gervonta “Tank” Davis, Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney are setting up the prospects of some tasty matchups over the next 12 months in the 135-pound division.

As we head into February, a few titles will be on the line. Canelo Alvarez will make his return to the ring rather quickly when he takes on mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Alvarez is hoping to fight three times this year and could be on a path to facing Plant down the road now that he’s a promotional free agent.

Below is a running list of boxing main events for the 2021 year.

Note: This will be updated constantly with changes and additions.

Feb. 13 Indio, California Joseph Diaz (c) vs. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov IBF junior lightweight title DAZN
Feb. 13 Las Vegas Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov Vacant WBO light heavyweight title ESPN
Feb. 17 Uncasville, Connecticut Mark Reyes Jr. vs. Janelson Bocachica Welterweights Showtime
Feb. 20 TBA Adrien Broner vs. TBA Junior welterweights TBA
Feb. 20 Las Vegas Miguel Berchelt (c) vs. Oscar Valdez WBC junior lightweight title ESPN
Feb. 27 Miami Gardens, Florida Canelo Alvarez (c) vs. Avni Yildirim WBC super middleweight title DAZN
Feb. 27 London Jamel Herring (c) vs. Carl Frampton WBO junior lightweight title ESPN+
March 5 TBA Claressa Shields (c) vs. Marie-Eve Dicaire (c) Super welterweight unification PPV
March 6 TBA Alexander Povetkin (c) vs. Dillian Whyte WBC “interim” heavyweight title DAZN
March 13 TBA Juan Francisco Estrada vs. ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez Super flyweight unification DAZN
March 20 Moscow Artur Beterbiev (c) vs. Adam Deines WBC, IBF light heavyweight titles ESPN
March 20 TBA Lawrence Okolie vs. Krzysztof Glowacki Vacant WBO cruiserweight title DAZN  

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