Boxing schedule for 2021: Manny Pacquiao vs. Yorednis Ugas, Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley on tap

Boxing continues to roll on in 2021. After a rough 2020 that saw many stars either not compete or compete just once, the new year has seen a handful of fighters already seen ring time with big success.

Look no further than the pound for pound king himself, Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican superstar has scored a pair of knockouts already, stopping Avni Yildirim with ease in February before another stoppage of Billy Joe Saunders in May. Now, Alvarez hopes to get a date with Caleb Plant in September to achieve undisputed champion status in the super middleweight division.

Plus, Filipino legend Nonito Donaire turned back the clock and stopped Nordine Oubaali to reclaim the WBC bantamweight title to close May. Donaire broke his own record for oldest man to win a major championship at age 38. And legendary retired champion Floyd Mayweather went the distance with social media star Logan Paul in their exhibition in June.

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Summer was set to get off and rolling with some big fights, but COVID-19 and injuries prevented a few of the biggest from happening. Among them, the huge welterweight showdown between Errol Spence Jr. and Manny Pacquiao was called off when Spence suffered a torn retina in training camp. Pacquiao will still fight on Aug. 21, however, as WBA champ Yordenis Ugas, who was slated to fight on the undercard, has stepped in to take on the legend.

And the YouTube star turned pro boxer is back to close August when Jake Paul faces off against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in Cleveland. Paul has run through the first three opponents in his career, but Woodley present the first real challenger to possess power and a respectable standup striking game.

Heavyweights are set to make a splash in the fall with all the major players in action. First, unified champion Anthony Joshua is back when he takes on former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Joshua had been hoping to secure an undisputed bout with WBC titleholder Tyson Fury earlier in the summer, but talks broke down as Fury dealt with his own negotiation issues.

Despite a delay due to COVID-19, Fury and Deontay Wilder will finally settle the score in their rivalry in October when they meet inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was originally scheduled for July 24 after Wilder won an arbitration ruling allowing him the third fight. But Fury tested positive for COVID-19 while in training camp and pushed back the date by nearly three months.

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

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

Aug. 21 Las Vegas Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas (c) WBA welterweight title FOX PPV
Aug. 29 Cleveland, Ohio Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley Cruiserweights Showtime PPV
Sept. 4 Leeds, England Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara Featherweights DAZN
Sept. 10 Tucson, Arizona Oscar Valdez (c) vs. Robson Conceicao WBC junior lightweight title TBD
Sept. 11 Las Vegas Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor BelfortĀ  Special exhibition Triller PPV
Sept. 18 Las Vegas Stephen Fulton Jr. (c) vs. Brandon Figueroa (c) Super bantamweight unification Showtime
Sept. 25 London Anthony Joshua (c) vs. Oleksandr Usyk Unified heavyweight titles DAZN
Oct. 9 Las Vegas Tyson Fury (c) vs. Deontay Wilder WBC heavyweight title ESPN/FOX PPV
Oct. 23 Atlanta Jamel Herring (c) vs. Shakur Stevenson WBO junior lightweight title ESPN
Dec. 18 Scotland Josh Taylor (c) vs. Jack Catterall Undisputed junior welterweight title TBD

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