2022 Boxing Schedule: Gary Russell Jr. vs. Mark Magsayo, Keith Thurman vs. Mario Barrios on tap

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2021 was a wild year in the boxing ring with some shocking surprises and iconic moments that will live on in the sport’s lore forever. 2022 is being shaped to offer more of the same.

Two world title fights will round out January’s schedule, with Joe Smith Jr. defends the WBO light heavyweight title against Callum Johnson on January 15 and Gary Russell Jr. puts his WBC featherweight title up for grabs against Mark Magsayo on January 22. February also has a fraught first weekend, headlined by a great bit of matchmaking as Keith Thurman takes on Mario Barrios.

That’s a solid start to the year, but things will continue with some fights almost guaranteed to happen. One of these is the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua for three of the four recognized World Heavyweight Championships. Usyk dominated Joshua last September to win the WBA, IBF and WBO titles. There is no set date for the rematch yet, but both sides are aiming for April.

Other unified and undisputed champions will also be in action in 2022. Undisputed junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor will defend his title against Jack Catterall on February 26. Also, at some point in the year, united lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. defend the titles he won in a shocking November atomizer from Teofimo Lopez. Kambosos’ opponent and next date are not yet known, but the options seem endless for Kambosos.

Below is an overview of the most important boxing events for 2022.

Please note: it is constantly updated with changes and additions.

January 15 Verona, New York Joe Smith Jr. (c) vs. Steve Geffard WBO light heavyweight title ESPN
January 22 Atlantic City, New Jersey Gary Russell Jr. (c) vs. Mark Magsayo WBC Featherweight title Show Time
February 5 Las Vegas Keith Thurman vs. Mario Barrios welterweights Fox PPV
February 19 Manchester, England Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook welterweights To be determined
February 26 Glasgow, Scotland Josh Taylor (c) vs. Jack Catterall Undisputed Junior Welterweight Titles ESPN+
4th of March Fresno, California Jose Ramirez vs. Joseph Pedraza Junior welterweights ESPN+
March 5th San Diego, California Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Roman Gonzalez WBA and WBC Junior Bantamweight Titles DAZN
March 19 New York Edgar Berlanga vs. Steve Rolls Super Middleweights ESPN
March 19 Houston Jermell Charlo (c) vs. Brian Castano (c) Junior Middleweight Unification Show Time

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