Highlights From 2018 Boxing Schedule: Lots of Action on the Way

Highlights From 2018 Boxing Schedule

Boxing fans are in for yet another action-pumped year, and apparently, they have lots of it coming their way. Spanning all the way to June 16 is a series of fights, with big names in boxing on the list. You don’t want to miss this action.

March; watch this space

This month has three scheduled matches. First up, at StubHub Center, Carson-Scott will be taking on Oscar Valdez at a WBO featherweight on March 10. Then later at San Antonio, Texas, Sergey Lipinets and Mikey Garcia will be on the ring for the IBF super-lightweight, not forgetting Rances Barthelemy vs Kiryl Reikh match for the IBF super lightweight title too.  Here are some predictions.

On March 24 at 02 Arena in London, Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne will be in action for the WBC silver heavyweight. And towards the end of the month on March 31, Anthony Joshua will be up against Joseph Parker at Principality Stadium in Cardiff for the WBA “Super” and IBF as well as WBO heavyweight, matches.

Not forgetting, Ryan Burnett and Yonfrez Parejo will be going head to head on a WBA bantamweight match on the same day, same venue. This will be a month to keep an eye out for, but you can expect to see even more action from next month on.

April, another month to keep an eye out for

The match might have some great action coming your way, but wait until you see what is in store for you in April, you will have every reason to stay tuned.

On April 14, at TBC, Billy Joe Saunders will be kicking it off against Martin Murray for the WBO middleweight match, while Terry Flanagan will tackle Maurice Hooker for the WBO light welterweight. Later on, Echo Arena in Liverpool will be the place for every boxing die-hard on 21, as Amir Khan and Phil Lo Greco shake it up. Then at SSE Arena in Belfast will be the battleground for Carl Frampton as he takes on Nonito Donaire in a featherweight match on the same date.

Fast-forward to May

This month is not expected to have much action, but it still has excellent matches lying in wait. The first action will be on 5th at 02 Arena in London, Tony Bellew v David Haye on the heavyweight level, while Joe Joyce will be coming into the ring later against Tom Little for a similar match.

Then on 19th at Leeds, Lee Selby will be taking on Josh Warrington on an IBF featherweight match, and on the same date, the Stevenson’s WBC Light Heavyweight title will put Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack on a collision course.

June; End of action

Although the action will be stopping here, this month seems to have several great matches to look forward to as well. Early in the month, June 2 will have exciting events to behold, as Gorge Grooves and Callum Smith clash for the Groves’ WBA Super Middleweight tie at the Super Series final.

On June 9, Santa Cruz’s WBA Super featherweight title will see a thrilling clash between Leo Santa Cruz
and Abner Mares II. On the same date, Jermell Charlo and TBA will be on for the Charlo’s WBC Junior Middleweight trophy. Lastly, on June 16, the Spencer Jr.’s IBF Welterweight will see Errol Spencer Jr. take on Carlos Ocampo.

With these matches on the schedule, all you need to do is keep your fingers crossed, and wait for the
right date for a thrill of a lifetime.

Mayweather vs Pacquiao – Our Thoughts

Fight of the Century?

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Well do I ever feel played. This was supposed to be the “fight of the century”, but instead, it was the “business transaction of the century”. I could go on complaining about the same legitimate things that others are complaining about, e.g. the incredibly boring nature of the fight, but I’d like to point a couple things out that really grind my gears, but also how those things may potentially help the sport in the long run (hopefully).

Pacquiao’s Injury

The day after the fight, Pacquiao revealed that he was fighting with a torn labrum, or rotator cuff, or whatever it was. In any case, it was a significant injury to his shoulder that directly limited his ability to punch. He was quoted as saying he was fighting at 60% strength.

This shows to me that, at least in this one instance, Pacquiao sold out. Instead of postponing the match, making it clear he wasn’t even close to 100%, he instead hid the injury from everyone except the US Anti Doping Agency. Although his injections were approved by the USADA, nothing as mentioned to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. So, on the night of the fight, he isn’t allowed to take his analgesic injections and is immediately at a huge disadvantage, all of which was his own camp’s fault. Had this been mentioned to the NSAC, even one day in advance, then they could have approved his medication.

So why is this selling out, and not courage by fighting through pain? I guarantee if this wasn’t such a high profile match worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the fighters, that it would have been postponed. Instead, they went along with it in order to keep things on schedule. I recognize that postponing is easier said than done, especially in such a high pressure situation like this, but wow did it ever make boxing look bad.

Mayweather – Boxer or Businessman?

Both. Mayweather is as good at picking his fights, if not better, than actually fighting them. He’s incredible at convincing fighters to take a card as they are on their way out of the spotlight. This ensures Mayweather has a solid chance to win. Moreover, he always finds a way to ensure that, no matter what, he will be taking a larger cut of the profits.

We can’t bash him for this, it’s smart, and he has proven himself as one of the best. However, it’s truly difficult to tell if he actually is the best when he never fights anyone in their prime. I’d love to see him give Cotto another shot now that Freddie Roach is training Cotto.

In any case, Floyd pumped up this fight as finally “giving the people what they want to see”, and at the end of the day, he and Pacqious scammed us all.

What now?

Everyone has been saying that the sport of boxing is in trouble, and we unfortunately agree. This fight was a great chance to get the sport back on track, get people interested, and pump it up. However, with such a let-down, it’s hard not to think this is the nail in the coffin. However, there’s a small chance this could be a good thing. The outright failure of this fight to deliver something even close to entertaining may prompt the governing entertaining bodies of boxing to re-think their approach tot he sport. Perhaps we will see more boxing matches on cable TV instead of $100 pay-per-views all the time. Maybe they will somehow advertise market, or promote themselves in a way that reaches the public more, and the rich boxing enthusiasts less.

At the end of the day, this boxing match sucked, was a hug disappointment, and was more business than sport. However, we maintain faith in the sport that has routes dating back to the ancient Olympic games. Hopefully we will see a shift in the entertainment business when it comes to boxing, but we imagine this won’t be anytime soon.

Welcome to Boxing 2005!

Here at Boxing 2005 we’re all about providing information on various boxing events, whether they are fight cards, fundraisers, book signings, you name it. Although we do touch on some major events (e.g. HBO PPV matches), our primary goal is to develop a database that allows you to explore live boxing events that you can attend. Usually these are the events that matter most, but organizers often don’t have the resources to reach as many people as they would like, and we have seen far too often people missing great events that they would have enjoyed.

While we are changing gears slightly and modifying our website, we welcome any feedback or ideas of events that can be posted. Ultimately, our goal is to develop a constantly updating database of boxing events across the United States, and ideally at the international level as well.

We can’t wait to attend some of the awesome events we hear of, and hope to see you there as well!