Boxing schedule for 2023: Mauricio Lara vs. Leigh Wood 2, Josh Taylor vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr. on tap

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As summer draws near, the boxing schedule has been heating up with some of the sport’s biggest stars in action. Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez both picked up recent wins while trying to stake their claim as “the face of boxing.” Undisptued titles have also been on the line of late, with Devin Haney edging out Vasiliy Lomachenko in a fantastic bout to retain his undisputed lightweight title, and all-time great and undisputed women’s lightweight champion Katie Taylor coming up short in her bid to become undisputed super lightweight champion against Chantelle Cameron.

There are plenty of intriguing fights in the coming weeks, including a May 27 rematch between Mauricio Lara and Leigh Wood. The pair first met in February, putting in a thrilling effort that saw Wood in control of the fight until Lara landed a thudding left hand that put Wood on the canvas. While Wood beat the count and was ready to continue, his corner threw in the towel to save their fighter from any further punishment, awarding Lara the WBA featherweight title.

The best pound-for-pound fighter in women’s boxing history will be in action on June 3 when Claressa Shields defends her undisputed middleweight title against Hanna Gabriels. Shields is the only boxer in history to be a four-belt undisputed champion in two weight classes simultaneously and looks to remain perfect as a professional in her first fight of 2023.

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One of the most intriguing fights on the coming boxing calendar is the June 10 clash between WBO junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor and former lightweight king Teofimo Lopez. Since defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko to unify three world titles in addition to holding the WBC franchise championship, Lopez has seen his career hit a rough patch. First, he was clearly defeated by George Kambosos Jr.. After rebounding with a win over Pedro Campa, Lopez then struggled to win a split decision against Sandor Martin.

Lopez now looks for a massive statement win against former undisputed super lightweight champion Taylor. Taylor is undefeated but now only holds the WBO title after being out of action since February 2022.

A major pound-for-pound showdown was set for May 7, with former undisputed bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue moving up to super bantamweight to challenge WBC and WBO super bantamweight champion Stephen Fulton. Unfortunately, Inoue suffered an injury and the fight has been postponed. That fight will now take place on July 25 in Japan.

Below is a running list of boxing main events for 2023.

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

May 27 Manchester, England Mauricio Lara (c) vs. Leigh Wood WBA featherweight title DAZN
May 27 Indio, California Alexis Rocha vs. Anthony Young Welterweight DAZN
May 27 Bournemouth, England Lawrence Okolie (c) vs. Chris Billam-Smith WBO cruiserweight title TBA
June 1 Montreal Erik Bazinyan vs. Jose de Jesus Macias Super middleweight ESPN
June 3 Detroit Claressa Shields (c) vs. Hanna Gabriels Undisputed middleweight title DAZN
June 9 Verona, New York Ali Izmailov vs. Charles Foster Light heavyweight Showtime
June 10 New York City Josh Taylor (c) vs. Teofimo Lopez WBO junior welterweight title ESPN
June 10 London Sunny Edwards (c) vs. Andres Campos IBF flyweight title DAZN
June 10 Ontario, California Jaime Munguia vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko Middleweight DAZN
June 17 New Orleans Regis Prograis (c) vs. Danielito Zorrilla WBC junior welterweight title DAZN
June 18 Broadbeach, Australia Tim Tszyu vs. Carlos Ocampo Junior middleweight Showtime
June 24 Minneapolis Carlos Adames (c) vs. Julian Williams Interim WBC middleweight title Showtime
June 24 New York City Edgar Berlanga vs. Jason Quigley Super middleweight DAZN
June 24 Tokyo Joshua Franco (c) vs. Kazuo Ioka WBA super flyweight title TBA
July 8 San Antonio Vergil Ortiz vs. Eimantas Stanionis Welterweight DAZN
July 25 Tokyo Stephen Fulton (c) vs. Naoya Inoue WBC, WBO super bantamweight title ESPN
Aug. 5 Dallas Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz Cruiserweight DAZN PPV

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