The boxing new year has already gotten off to a blistering start, with a bunch of title fights in January. But 2023 promises to be another classic when it comes to the fight game. Tyson Fury is rumored to be considering a clash with Oleksandr Usyk, while fellow Brit Anthony Joshua might also get in on the action as well.
The best boxing betting sites will be eagerly preparing the markets for those heavyweight showdowns – but there is going to be a whole host of top title bouts to look forward to in the coming months. Here are some of the big fight nights that we are especially keen on catching.
January 28th - Artur Beterbiev vs. Anthony Yarde in London, England – WBC, IBF and WBO Light Heavyweight world titles
Now a Canadian citizen, Artur Beterbiev seems quite happy to take on the mandatory number one challenger Anthony Yarde in his hometown of London, England for his light-heavyweight title defense. This one was supposed to happen in October of last year but now fight fans can get excited as these two brawlers will meet at the end of January.
Bebertiev’s 18-0 record speaks for itself and he has been steadily picking up variations of the title belt since first claiming the IBF version in 2014. He dominated his last fight in June, when he knocked down Joe Smith Jr. three times in the space of just two rounds, on the way to a technical knockout decision.
Bebertiev didn’t initially seem too keen on fighting Anthony Yarde. But now the Londoner has a chance to cause what would be a massive upset in front of his home crowd at the Wembley Arena in London, England. Bigger things have been in his sights since he defeated Lyndon Arthur in a rematch at the end of 2021.
Bebertiev’s power and skills should be too much for Yarde on the night though – and he is expected to go on to win further title fights in 2023.
February 4th – Amanda Serrano vs. Erika Cruz in New York, New York – WBC, WBO, IBF and WBA Featherweight world title
Amanda Serrano returns to the ring at the beginning of February in an attempt to become the undisputed featherweight world champion. She will be taking on Erika Cruz, who is the current holder of the WBA version of the belt. Serrano will be the favorite but Cruz has been able to keep hold of her title since 2021.
Serrano was the first female boxer to fight at the world-famous Madison Square Garden, of course. After losing to Katie Taylor, boxing fans have been keen to witness a rematch for the lightweight belts – but the Puerto Rican fighter will need to get Cruz out of the way first.
That shouldn’t be too much of a formality and then the two fighters’ teams can carry on working on that eagerly anticipated rematch – possibly in Taylor’s native Ireland – later this year.
February 11th – Rey Vargas vs. O’Shaquie Foster in San Antonio, Texas – WBC Super Featherweight world title
Rey Vargas will look to join the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez and Marco Antonio Barrera in the second week of February when he attempts to become the latest in a line of Mexican fighters to become champions in three different weight divisions.
Vargas was already the super bantamweight champ when he beat Mark Magsayo in San Antonio last July to claim the WBO featherweight title. Now he returns to the Alamodome to take on O’Shaquie Foster for the vacant WBC super featherweight belt.
Vargas will be favored to claim yet another title and extend his record to an impressive 37-0. But Foster has fought hard to get to this position in his career and has won nine straight fights. He was last in the ring in March of 2022 when he retained his WBC Silver super featherweight title against the Tajikistani fighter, Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov.