Boxing schedule for 2023: Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz, Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte 2 on tap

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For much of 2023, boxing fans had their eyes on the month of July, knowing two huge bouts were set for late in the month. What those same fans could not see coming was that both fights would be blowouts that showcased the true greatness of Naoya Inoue and Terence Crawford.

Inoue vacated his four bantamweight world titles to move up a division and take on unified champion Stephen Fulton. Inoue was never tested by Fulton before scoring a TKO in Round 8 to capture the WBO and WBC super bantamweight titles as he firmly established himself as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.

Inoue’s reign as the top dog may have only lasted five days because Crawford was even more impressive against an even better opponent. Crawford put a brutal beating on fellow pound-for-pound elite Errol Spence Jr., scoring three knockdowns before the referee was forced to halt the bout in the ninth round.

Attention now turns to Aug. 5 and the showdown between influencer-turned-boxer Jake Paul and former UFC star Nate Diaz. Diaz will be at a size disadvantage, as well as a deficit in professional boxing experience, but he’s never shied away from a fight.

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As the calendar turns to August, there’s also the return of a former heavyweight champion and the man he lost to. Anthony Joshua is looking to get back in the win column when he takes on old rival Dillian Whyte on Aug. 12. Joshua beat Whyte in 2015 on his rise to becoming unified heavyweight champion. Oleksandr Usyk, who beat Joshua to earn those belts, is also back in August when he takes on Daniel Dubois on Aug. 26. After the Tyson Fury fight failed to materialize, Usyk was forced to take on one of his mandatories, and he ended up with Dubois, who has rattled off four straight knockout wins since his lone pro defeat in 2020.

Note: This will be updated constantly with changes and additions.

Aug. 5 Dallas Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz Cruiserweight DAZN PPV
Aug. 5 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Jordan White vs. Eridson Garcia Super featherweight Showtime
Aug. 12 Glendale, Arizona Emanuel Navarette (c) vs. Oscar Valdez WBO super featherweight title ESPN
Aug. 12 London Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte Heavyweight DAZN
Aug. 26 Wroclaw, Poland Oleksandr Usyk (c) vs. Daniel Dubois IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles ESPN
Aug. 26 San Juan Oscar Collazo (c) vs. Garen Diagan WBO minimumweight title DAZN
Sept. 2 Manchester, England Liam Smith vs. Chris Eubank Jr. Middleweight TBA
Sept. 15 Corpus Christi, Texas Luis Alberto Lopez (c) vs. Joet Gonzalez IBF featherweight title ESPN
Sept. 18 Tokyo Kenshiro Teraji (c) vs. Hekkie Budler WBC, WBA junior flyweight titles ESPN
Sept. 23 London Zhang Zhilei vs. Joe Joyce Heavyweight ESPN
Sept. 30 Las Vegas Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (c) vs. Jermell Charlo Undisputed super middleweight title Showtime PPV
Oct. 7 Sheffield, England Leigh Wood (c) vs. Josh Warrington WBA featherweight title DAZN
Oct. 28 Riadyh, Saudi Arabia Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou Heavyweights ESPN+ PPV

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