Matchroom Boxing’s first two events of 2021 will take place at The SSE Arena in Wembley, north west London.
On February 13, former IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington (30-0, 7 KOs) will mark time against unsung Mexican Mauricio Lara (21-2, 14 KOs) while he waits for a meaningful fight against one of the 126lbs division’s leading lights later in 2021.
One week later on February 20, bitter rivals David Avanesyan (26-3-1, 14 KOs) and Josh Kelly (10-0-1, 6 KOs) will finally meet in the ring after a series of frustrating postponements. Avanesyan’s European welterweight title will be on the line.
Venues for the remainder of Matchroom’s early 2021 schedule will be announced in due course including the eagerly-awaited Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte rematch on March 6, Lawrence Okolie’s vacant WBO cruiserweight tilt against Krzysztof Glowacki on March 20 and rising welterweight Conor Benn’s latest test against the seasoned Samuel Vargas on April 10.