After a memorable final months of boxing in 2021, Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing will look to continue that momentum into 2022.
The promoter announced multiple fight nights in the UK and US with some of the biggest names in boxing on Friday.
“We finished 2021 successfully and I can’t wait to start in 2022. It is going to be a very exciting year for Matchroom and DAZN with massive events around the world, and I am delighted with the anticipated schedule we have.” we have organized: unifications, world title action and career defining nights; there’s a lot of drama these nights, and we have a lot more to add soon, ”Hearn said in a statement.
Starting in, Jessie Vargas will face Liam Smith. The WBC super flyweight title will also be on the line when Srisaket Sor Rungvisai takes on Carlos Cuadras. This card will take place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Vargas, a former WBO welterweight champion, won the title in 2016. After losing the title to Manny Pacquiao, Vargas has been 2-1-2 in his last five fights. He last fought in February 2020, losing to Mikey Garcia. Smith is a former WBO light middleweight champion who lost the title to Canelo Alvarez in 2016. He has been 7-2 since then, the last time he fought and beat Anthony Fowler by TKO in October.
From inside the Alexandra Palace in London, Daniel Jacobs will face John Ryder. Jacobs, a former WBA and IBF middleweight champion, last fought in November 2020. On a two-game winning streak, he last defeated Gabriel Rosado by split decision. Ryder, a former title contender, has also won two in a row.
Lawrence Okolie and Michal Cieslak will meet in London on. Okolie, 29, has been a British, European and Commonwealth cruiserweight champion. He won the WBO cruiserweight title against Krzysztof Glowacki and beat Dilan Prasovic in September to defend him. Cieslak is on a two-game win streak, having beaten Yury Kashinsky in May by TKO. He fought for the WBC cruiserweight title in January 2020, losing to Ilunga Makabu.
One of the most important matches of 2022 will take place when Juan Francisco Estrada and Román “Chocolatito” González compete in a trilogy fight in San Diego. González faced Estrada in 2012, defeating him by unanimous decision to retain the WBA light flyweight title. They met again last March, with Estrada prevailing in a Fight of the Year contender for many for the WBA, WBC and The Ring super flyweight titles. The fight will be inside the Pechanga Arena San Diego.
A clash will take place around St. Patrick’s Day, when Michael Conlan fights Leigh Wood for the latter’s WBA featherweight championship. Conlan, the WBA interim featherweight champion, last fought in August, defeating TJ Doheny by unanimous decision. Wood beat Xu Can in July to become the WBA champion. The fight will take place at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham in the UK.
Finally, Kiko Martinez will defend the IBF featherweight title in a rematch against Josh Warrington at the First Direct Arena in Leeds over Martinez, who beat Kid Galahad for the title in November, lost to Warrington in May 2017 by majority decision .