Matchroom Boxing Announces First Quarter Schedule Featuring Chocolatito-Estrada III, Daniel Jacobs-John Ryder and More

After a memorable final months of boxing in 2021, Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing will look to build on this momentum through 2022.

The promoter announced several fight nights in the United Kingdom and the United States on Friday with some of the biggest names in boxing.

“We finished 2021 on a high note and I can’t wait to start in 2022. It is going to be a very exciting year for Matchroom and DAZN with massive events around the world, and I am delighted with the anticipated schedule that I have set in place – unifications, world title actions and decisive evenings for the race; there’s so much drama these nights, and we have so much more to add soon, ”Hearn said in a statement.

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From February 5th, Jessie Vargas will face Liam Smith. The WBC Super Flyers title will also be up for grabs when Srisaket Sor Rungvisai faces Carlos Cuadras. This card will take place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

Vargas, a former WBO welterweight champion, won the title in 2016. After losing the title to Manny Pacquiao, Vargas is 2-1-2 in his last five fights. He last fought in February 2020, losing to Mikey Garcia. Smith is a former WBO light middleweight champion who lost the title to Canelo Alvarez in 2016. He has been 7-2 since then, the last time he fought and beat Anthony Fowler by TKO in October.

In February 12 From inside Alexandra Palace in London, Daniel Jacobs will face John Ryder. Jacobs, a former WBA and IBF middleweight champion, last fought in November 2020. On a two-game winning streak, he last beat Gabriel Rosado by split decision. Ryder, a former title contender, also scored back-to-back victories.

Lawrence Okolie and Michal Cieslak will meet in London on February 27. Okolie, 29, was a British, European and Commonwealth cruiserweight champion. He won the WBO cruiserweight title against Krzysztof Glowacki and beat Dilan Prasovic in September to defend him. Cieslak is on a two-game winning streak, having beaten Yury Kashinsky in May by TKO. He fought for the WBC cruiserweight title in January 2020, losing to Ilunga Makabu.

One of the biggest clashes of 2022 will take place on March 5th since Juan Francisco Estrada and Román “Chocolatito” González will face in a trilogy fight in San Diego. González faced Estrada in 2012, defeating him by unanimous decision to retain the WBA light flyweight title. They met again last March, with Estrada winning the fight of the year for many for the WBA, WBC and The Ring super flyweight titles. The fight will take place inside the Pechanga Arena in San Diego.

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A clash will take place around St. Patrick’s Day, when Michael Conlan fights Leigh Wood for the WBA Featherweight Championship of the latter on March 12. Conlan, the WBA interim featherweight champion, last fought in August, defeating TJ Doheny by unanimous decision. Wood defeated Xu Can in July to become the WBA champion. The fight will take place at Motorpoint Arena Nottingham in the UK.

Finally, Kiko Martínez will defend the IBF featherweight title in a rematch against Josh Warrington at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on March 26th. Martinez, who beat Kid Galahad for the title in November, lost to Warrington in May 2017 by majority decision.

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