Ranking the Best Boxing Matches Coming Up

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Undisputed super middleweight world champion Canelo Álvarez, left, of Mexico, TGB Promotions boxing promoter Tom Brown, center.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Sep 18, 2023, 4:25 PM
  • Here’s a ranking of the best boxing matches coming up.
  • Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo leads the list.
  • Other upcoming massive boxing fights include the heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou and the WBC junior welterweight title showdown of Regis Prograis and Devin Haney.

2023 has been a great year for boxing, as numerous big fights went down and lived up to the expectations. Massive bouts that featured the sport’s biggest attractions delivered huge pay-per-view numbers and enormous fanfare because the champions and top contenders in various divisions faced each other to revive the excitement in boxing.

Super showdowns such as the fight of Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko, Stephen Fulton vs. Naoya Inoue, Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr., and Oleksandr Usyk vs. Daniel Dubois were just a few of the matches that headlined the boxing odds for fans. But several big matches are coming up, which are ranked below.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo – Sept 30

First on the list is the undisputed super middleweight title fight of Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo on Sept. 30 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be Alvarez’s third defense of the undisputed title since unifying it in November 2021. Meanwhile, Charlo is the reigning junior middleweight world champion and is moving up two divisions to challenge the Mexican boxing superstar.

A victory for Alvarez further cements his legacy as one of the most dominant super middleweight champions in history and maintains his status as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in today’s era. Additionally, he wants to use it as a jumping board to request a light heavyweight rematch with Dmitry Bivol. On the other hand, Charlo wants to defy all the odds by engineering an all-time upset against an all-time great.

Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou – Oct. 28

Next on the list is the heavyweight showdown between reigning WBC World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou. When this bout was initially announced, it received several negative comments from fans, as they criticized both Fury and Ngannou for going after a big payday instead of defending their respective titles in boxing and the UFC.

However, there is no denying that it will be an exciting clash of power punchers with one-hit knockout ability, reflected by their combined 36 TKO/KO finishes in 50 wins across boxing and MMA. This fight will go down in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and is expected to be an exciting fight despite Ngannou making his professional boxing debut. “The Predator” declined the UFC’s contract extension offer in January 2023 to become a free agent.

Regis Prograis vs. Devin Haney – Dec. 9

Completing the list of the best boxing matches coming up is the WBC junior welterweight title showdown between defending champion Regis Prograis and challenger Devin Haney on Dec. 9 inside the Chase Center in San Francisco. It will be Prograis’ second title defense since winning the belt in November 2022 and beating Danielito Zorrilla in his defense. On the other hand, Haney will make his junior welterweight division and aims to become a two-division world champion after unifying all the titles in the lightweight division.

It will be an exciting battle of fighting styles, with Prograis being the aggressive and hard-hitting boxer and Haney the more cerebral and technical fighter. The result of this match will have a big implication on both the lightweight and junior welterweight divisions because if Prograis wins, he may send Haney back to the 135-pound class, but if Haney wins, he might stay in the 140-pound division and unify all the belts.

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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.