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Boxing fans are in for a treat in 2022 with a wealth of huge fights on the schedule including Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte, Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 and more.

Tyson Fury will fight Dillian Whyte in 2022(Image: Getty Images)

 

Next year is set to be huge for boxing, with a wealth of top fights already set to be scheduled and others already being confirmed.

 

 

In a year when boxing was again affected by the pandemic, with a number of bouts held behind closed doors, the hope is that 2022 can see thousands of fans attend the big events.

 

 

When and where they will be is, in a lot of cases, still to be confirmed and is dependent on significant factors – but we know who will be facing off in a number of situations.

 

 

Here, we’ve selected five fights in 2022 that we’re expecting to see and cannot wait for.

 

Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte

Tyson Fury’s long-awaited return for a UK bout is right around the corner, with the WBC mandating his title defence against fellow Brit Dillian Whyte – a fight which is set to take place in the spring.

 

 

A March date in Cardiff is heavily rumoured to be when and where Fury vs Whyte will be on the billing but tickets will quickly sell out regardless of the date for the fight.

 

 

With Fury having not fought on British shores since 2018, there’s plenty of anticipation and his bout against Whyte is one fans will hope lives up to the expectation.

Tyson Fury has his sights set on big things in 2022 and unification is the dream outcome.(Image: (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images))

 

Joshua vs Usyk 2

Oleksandr Usyk’s resounding victory over Anthony Joshua in the first meeting has reduced the anticipation for a rematch, with the Brit being thoroughly outboxed as he ceded his three heavyweight belts.

 

 

However, there’s plenty for both fighters to prove as Usyk will want to show he’s there to stay at the top of the heavyweight division, while Joshua will be keen to show that he’s not past his best and can still sit in the throne.Add to the fact that the winner is likely to face Fury in a heavyweight unification bout and it leaves plenty to anticipate.

 

Heavyweight unification bout

The aforementioned heavyweight unification bout is widely expected to take place next summer, with a rematch likely to follow later in the year – and it’s what boxing has been gearing up for in the past couple of years.

 

 

In the fight, it’s expected that Fury will face-off against the winner of the rematch between Usyk and Joshua, with a bout set to decide the first-ever unified heavyweight champion across all four governing bodies.

 

 

There are concerns, however, as numerous factors could push a date further into the horizon – including injury, the pandemic and the result of the upcoming bouts.

Anthony Joshua looks on during his Heavyweight Title Fight defeat against Oleksandr Usyk(Image: Julian Finney)

 

Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury

Scheduled for December before Tommy Fury pulled out due to injury, the Manchester fighter is determined to reschedule his fight against Jake Paul and, if it does go ahead, anticipation will be even higher.

 

Fury, still in the early years of his professional career, has plenty to prove and a lot to lose against Paul, who continues to grow as a boxer and secured a stunning knockout against Tyron Woodley in the rematch.

 

The bitter rivalry between Fury and Paul leads to lots of focus on events outside of the ring but when the first bell rings, it’s a fight that could result in a bitter blow to one of the pair’s careers.

 

Katie Taylor’s recent victory against Firuza Sharipova was followed a week later by Amanda Serrano’s victory against Miriam Gutierrez in Florida, which could set the scene for the two titans of Women’s boxing to go head-to-head.

 

Seven-weight world champion Serrano has lost just once in her 44-fight career, which came over a decade ago, while Irish fighter Taylor is the undisputed lightweight champion and is unbeaten in her 20 career fights to date.

 

 

Serrano stepped-up to lightweight level with her win against Gutierrez, further indicating a bout with Taylor could be on the cards in the near future, and a fight would arguably be the biggest in the history of the women’s sport.

 

 

 

 

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