Boxing fans are going to have a blast in the second half of 2021, with the upcoming calendar filled with truly top-notch events.
British boxers are very present, with Conor Benn, Josh Warrington, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury among the fighters who will step into the ring before the end of the year.
Joshua and Fury were scheduled to meet in 2021, but their respective camps were unable to come to an agreement, and they now face different opponents.
We take a look at some of the best boxing fights to watch over the next few months and offer our predictions for each contest.
Conor Benn vs. Adrian Granados – July 31
Conor Benn will look to continue his rise in the world rankings when he takes on veteran Adrian Granados in Brentwood, Essex, later this month.
In April, the undefeated welterweight was hugely impressive in his last outing, producing a stunning first round KO against Samuel Vargas.
Granados has a lot of experience, and it should give Benn plenty of reason to believe that he has only been arrested once in his career.
Prediction: Benn by KO.
Kid Galahad vs. James Dickens II – August 7
The clash between Kid Galahad and James ‘Jazza’ Dickens for the vacant IBF featherweight title promises to be a cracker.
Galahad suffered a 12-round contested decision loss to Josh Warrington in his previous title offer, and he will be eager to redeem himself against Dickens.
However, Dickens could prove troublesome as he seeks to avenge his loss to the Sheffield star in 2013.
Prediction: Galahad on points.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spence Jr – August 21
In August, Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring to face undefeated American Errol Spence Jr for the WBC and IBF welterweight titles.
Pacquiao hasn’t fought since losing to Keith Thurman by split decision in July 2019, but is keen to show he can still cut him at the highest level.
Spence is undefeated in 27 fights as a professional, including 21 by knockout, and he should have too much firepower for the veteran Filipino.
Prediction: Spence on points.
Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara – September 4
In early September, Josh Warrington will want revenge when he faces Mauricio Lara at Headingley Stadium in Leeds.
The former IBF featherweight champion was surprisingly stopped in nine rounds by the Mexican in February, but he’ll imagine his chances of avenging the loss in front of 20,000 fans.
Warrington can hardly afford another loss on his record, especially if he wants to secure another title later.
Prediction: Lara by KO.
Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk – September 25
Anthony Joshua will defend the world heavyweight title against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium September 25.
The 31-year-old puts his IBF, WBA and WBO belts on the line against the Ukrainian, who was once world cruiserweight champion.
Joshua will see the fight as a stepping stone to a long-awaited encounter with Fury, although it would be wise not to underestimate the threat posed by Usyk.
Prediction: Joshua by KO.
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III – October
The third fight between Fury and Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas was due to take place in July but is expected to be rescheduled in October.
Fury impressively beat Wilder to become the WBC heavyweight champion in February 2020, avenging a controversial draw with the American 14 months earlier.
The British star was by far the best boxer on both occasions, and he has a strong desire to put Wilder in his place the next time they meet.
Prediction: Fury by KO.