Boxing schedule for 2021: Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren, Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin 2 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.

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As we exit February and head into March, we’re fresh off Canelo Alvarez making his return to the ring where he made quick work of mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Hoping to fight three times this year, Alvarez’s next bout was announced in short order as he is set for a super middleweight unification in May against Billy Joe Saunders. 

Plus, the much-anticipated return of YouTube star turned pro boxer Jake Paul is set as he takes on former two-promotion MMA welterweight champion Ben Askren in April. The card will also mark the return of former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir when he faces former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver.

The next big event on the calendar is a heavyweight rematch between Alexandr Povetkin and Dillian Whyte for the WBC interim title. Povetkin shockingly stopped Whyte in August to slow the potential of Whyte challenging either Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua. Now, the two will run it back with the winner becoming a mandatory challenger for Fury.

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

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

March 27


Alexander Povetkin (c) vs. Dillian Whyte WBC interim heavyweight title DAZN
April 3 Dubai Jamel Herring (c) vs. Carl Frampton WBO junior lightweight title ESPN+
April 10 Uncasville, Connecticut Jaron Ennis vs. Sergey Lipinets Welterweights Showtime
April 17 Atlanta Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Cruiserweights Triller PPV
May 8 Dallas Canelo Alvarez (c) vs. Billy Joe Saunders (c) WBA, WBO and WBC super middleweight titles DAZN
May 22 TBA Josh Taylor (c) vs. Jose Ramirez (c) Junior welterweight unification ESPN/ESPN+

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