It may only be April, but boxing fans have already enjoyed a host of top fights throughout the year so far, and there are even bigger match-ups on the horizon.
Across the UK, America and beyond, there are plenty of exciting and highly-awaited bouts scheduled to take place, involving some of the biggest and best names currently in the sport.
Undoubtedly the most prestigious names in boxing today, Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Britain’s leading light Anthony Joshua are both part of the upcoming schedule of scraps set for 2019.
So, with so many more fights lurking around the corner throughout the rest of this year, here are the top five for boxing fans to watch out for and the ones that can’t be missed.
Vasyl Lomachenko v Anthony Crolla (April 13th)
First off on the list of upcoming bouts is Vasyl Lomachenko’s latest lightweight title defence against Manchester challenger Anthony Crolla.
The Ukrainian ace is widely expected to secure another eye-catching victory here, then move on to more prestigious outings, but his Joe Gallagher-trained opponent is seeking to truly upset the odds.
Much-liked Mancunian Crolla will take to the ring on fight night as a massive 18/1 underdog with bet365 in the latest boxing odds to come out on top in what would be one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history for sure.
Terence Crawford v Amir Khan (April 21st)
Amir Khan faces another massive night in his long-standing career as he prepares to take on one of the current pound-for-pound stars, Terence Crawford.
It’s a tough ask for the Bolton native, and it looks likely to be another unsuccessful but gallant performance for Khan against one of the best fighters on the planet.
A welterweight showdown with Errol Spence Jr is desired by boxing fans everywhere, and a stand-out win here would hopefully edge that encounter closer to fruition.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez v Daniel Jacobs (May 5th)
Boxing’s biggest star ‘Canelo’ Alvarez makes his latest appearance in the ring on a date that he has taken over in the sport, with it being Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo weekend.
It’s a weekend that Floyd Mayweather Jr previously fought on most years, but ‘Canelo’ has taken over the mantle as the main money man in the sport and will look to cement another huge victory when he next tackles Daniel Jacobs.
Jacobs is a formidable contender to his throne though, and this middleweight meeting is a mouth-watering clash for fans.
Anthony Joshua v Jarrell Miller (June 2nd)
Britain’s current unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua next faces American challenger Jarrell Miller.
This will be ‘AJ’s’ debut in the United States and, therefore, he’ll be aiming to secure another massive knockout triumph at the world-famous Madison Square Garden.
Josh Warrington v Kid Galahad (June 15th)
After admirable back-to-back victories over Lee Selby and Carl Frampton, Josh Warrington is hoping to add another impressive win to his recent record when he tackles fellow Briton Kid Galahad.
The Leeds favourite has been one of the most impressive British fighters in recent times, and a win here would set up a huge potential unification within the division against the likes of Oscar Valdez or Leo Santa Cruz.