Boxing schedule for 2023: Canelo Alvarez vs. John Ryder, Devin Haney vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko on tap
After an exciting start to 2023 featuring several high-profile entries into the Fight of the Year debate, but without many of the sport’s biggest names in action, the boxing calendar picked up steam when Gervonta Davis knocked out Ryan Garcia in the April 22 mega fight. The next major fight of the year goes down on May 6 when super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez returns to action against mandatory challenger John Ryder.
Ryder is currently riding a four fight winning streak. In his last outing, he stopped Zach Parker to win the WBO interim middleweight title. That put him in as Alvarez’s mandatory challenger, with the WBO currently taking priority in handing out other orders from other sanctioning bodies. Alvarez is coming off a September win over Gennady Golovkin, his first defense since becoming the undisputed champion.
Alvarez vs. Ryder will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico, marking Alvarez’s first fight in his home country since 2011.
A major pound-for-pound showdown is set for May 7, with former undisputed bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue moving up to super bantamweight to challenge WBC and WBO bantamweight champion Stephen Fulton. Unfortunately, Inoue suffered an injury and the fight was cancelled. That fight will now take place on July 25 in Japan.
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The schedule was also hit with the news that the planned rematch between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano on May 20 in Dublin was canceled due to Serrano’s injury. Their first meeting was the Fight of the Year effort in front of a wild crowd in Madison Square Garden, making it the biggest – and possibly most important – fight in women’s boxing history.
Taylor still heads to Dublin on May 20, however, with assurances that she will defend her super-lightweight championship against Chantelle Cameron.
Another undisputed champion will be in action on May 20, with lightweight king Devin Haney defending his title against former unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko. Haney defeated George Kambosos Jr. to claim undisputed status at 135 pounds and again dominated Kambosos in the rematch. He now looks to face a veteran pound-for-pound fighter to further cement his place as one of the newest members of boxing’s elite talent.
Below is a running list of boxing highlights for 2023.
Note: This will be regularly updated with changes and additions.
|April 29th||Arlington, Texas||William Zepeda vs. Jaime Arboleda||Light||DAZN|
|May 6||Guadalajara, Mexico||Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs John Ryder||Undisputed super middleweight title||DAZN|
|May 13th||Las Vegas||Alberto Puello (c) against Rolando Romero||WBA junior welterweight title||Presentation time|
|May 13th||Stockton, California||Janibek Alimkhanuly (c) vs. Steven Butler||WBO middleweight title||ESPN|
|May 20||Dublin||Katie Taylor (c) vs Chantelle Cameron||A very light title of course||DAZN|
|May 20||Las Vegas||Devin Haney (c) vs Vasiliy Lomachenko||A lightweight title of course||ESPN+ PPV|
|May 27th||Manchester, England||Mauricio Lara (c) vs Leigh Wood||WBA featherweight title||DAZN|
|May 27th||Indio, California||Alexis Rocha vs. Anthony Young||Welterweight||DAZN|
|June 1st||Montreal||Erik Bazinyan vs. Jose de Jesus Macias||Super medium weight||ESPN|
|June 3rd||Detroit||Claressa Shields (c) vs. Hanna Gabriels||Undisputed middleweight title||DAZN|
|June 10th||New York City||Josh Taylor (c) vs. Teofimo Lopez||WBO junior welterweight title||ESPN|
|June 24th||Minneapolis||Carlos Adames (c) vs. Julian Williams||WBC interim middleweight title||Presentation time|
|June 24th||New York City||Edgar Berlanga vs. Jason Quigley||Super medium weight||DAZN|
|July 25th||Tokyo||Stephen Fulton (c) vs. Naoya Inoue||WBC, WBO super bantamweight title||ESPN|
|August 5||Dallas||Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz||Cruise weight||DAZN PPV|