After a series of high-profile postponements, a raft of major boxing shows have been announced as the sport ends the year on a strong note.
Leading the way is the undisputed super-middleweight title clash between Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez, the WBC, WBA Super and WBO belt holder, and IBF king Caleb Plant, which has now been confirmed for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 6.
Next month, WBO featherweight champion Emanuel Navarrete will hope to pave the way for a potential unification clash against IBF title holder Kid Galahad when he faces mandatory contender Joet Gonzalez at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego on October 15.
Swashbuckling Mexican Navarrete (34-1, 29 KOs) has scored six KOs in eight world title fights, but should meet dogged resistance from California’s WBO No.1 Gonzalez (24-1, 14 KOs)
“I am focused on winning this fight and defending my [126lbs] world title for the second time. I know that Joet Gonzalez is a good fighter. I respect him and he is also my mandatory challenger, but I am the champion, and I will show him why. This belt isn’t going anywhere,” said two-weight champion Navarrete.
“I hope that my Mexican fans will support me in San Diego and my fans from Tijuana can also come to the fight. I will give them a great fight and it will be a great victory for all my Mexican people.”
After numerous delays, Teofimo Lopez’s undisputed lightweight title clash with IBF No.1 contender George Kambosos finally has a confirmed venue and date.
Triller Fight Club has formally announced that Lopez and Australia’s Kambosos will meet at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, on October 4.
On the UK scene, super-bantamweight supremacy will be on the line when British and Commonwealth champion Brad Foster collides with European king Jason Cunningham at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham on October 9.
Foster has recovered from an injury that pushed back the triple title clash from this month. Light-heavyweight contender Callum Johnson will also be in action on the new date as well as newly crowned British and Commonwealth welterweight champion Ekow Essuman against the unbeaten Danny Ball.
And last, and certainly not the least, WBO 147lbs king Terence Crawford will face his stiffest challenge so far when he faces the battle-tested Shawn Porter, with terms agreed for the the eagerly awaited bout at the Mandalay Bay Las Vegas on November 20.