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.
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.
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.
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.