Ranking the Best Boxing Matches Coming Up

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Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk celebrates after beating Britain's Daniel Dubois during their world heavyweight title fight.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Feb 04, 2024, 11:58 PM
  • The undisputed heavyweight world title fight between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury leads the list of the best boxing matches coming up.
  • The undisputed light heavyweight world title showdown between Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol will finally happen.
  • Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is back inside the boxing ring as he is scheduled to face Anthony Joshua in March.

As the new year unfolds, massive boxing fights are set to be witnessed in 2024. The sport’s biggest stars are expected to deliver colossal pay-per-view numbers and enormous fanfare as dream fights and overdue matchups are finally happening. These mega showdowns will continue the resurgence of boxing in the coming months.

But which of the upcoming and confirmed boxing matches have the most hype and publicity? I listed the top three below and why everyone should not miss these fights. The fights below also allow fans to place their bets in online sports betting via the boxing odds.

Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk – May 18

First on the list is the undisputed heavyweight title fight between WBC title holder Tyson Fury and IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO title holder Oleksandr Usyk on May 18, which will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After years of failed negotiations, the two camps have finally agreed on the terms to settle their business inside the ring.

It will be a legacy fight for both boxers, as they are touted as the best heavyweight boxers of the current generation because of their undefeated pro records. The winner is likely to be crowned as the premier fighter of the modern era. Whoever wins this match will also be the first undisputed heavyweight champion since the new era of four-belt was established in 2004.

Artur Beterbiev vs. Dmitry Bivol – June 1

Next on the list is the undisputed light heavyweight clash between Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol on June 1, which will occur in Saudi Arabia. Beterbiev puts all his three belts on the line and has a perfect 100% finish-rate record, while Bivol will put his WBA title at stake.

This is one of the most important fights in the light heavyweight division because this will be the first time that an undisputed world champion will be crowned during the four-belt era, as Roy Jones was the first man to do so when he won the WBA, WBC, and IBF world titles in 1999. Additionally, Beterbiev and Bivol are undefeated champions, making this fight even more exciting.

Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou – March 9

Completing the list of the best boxing matches coming up is the showdown between undisputed heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou on March 9 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It will be Ngannou’s second pro boxing fight after receiving a close split decision loss from Fury in his debut last October. 

Meanwhile, Joshua is riding a three-fight win streak heading into the match. He unanimously beat Jermaine Franklin Jr. in April 2023, knocked out Robert Helenius in August 2023, before stopping Otto Wallin in December 2023.

It will be an exciting battle of heavy hitters, with Joshua having an 88% TKO/KO percentage and Ngannou proving that he can score a knockdown against any boxer after dropping Fury during their fight. Even if there are no titles on the line for this match, fans will surely tune in due to the power of both fighters. Indeed, it promises to be a barnburner.

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.