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- 40-year old Manny Pacquiao (-165) will face off with undefeated WBA welterweight Keith Thurman this July in Las Vegas.
- Check out the rest of the major bouts on the 2019 summer boxing schedule.
May and June offered boxing fans a litany of excitement from first-round knockouts to all-time great upsets to Apollo Creed impersonations. It’s been a very wild month.
The good news? There are more exciting fights on tap for the summer and a few potential scraps worth watching and betting getting lined up for the fall. Check out the updated 2019 boxing schedule below.
Upcoming Summer Bouts
*Odds as of July 18
July 19: Teofimo Lopez (-3000) vs. Masayoshi Nakatani (+1100)
Lopez is one of the most exciting fighters on Top Rank/ESPN’s roster and he’s only 21 years old. His fights have been so effortless that he still has energy to dance and do backflips after his knockouts. He’ll go for his sixth consecutive KO at the MGM Grand National Harbor in July.
July 20: Keith Thurman (+142) vs. Manny Pacquiao (-165)
This is the premier fight of the summer so far. Thurman holds a more prestigious version of the WBA welterweight title, but Pacquiao holds a secondary version of the belt as well.
That aside, Thurman has long been clamoring to fight the best in the division despite having injury setbacks over the past three years. Pacquiao may be 40 years old, but his recent fight with Adrien Broner proves he still has plenty in the tank.
July 27: Maurice Hooker (-120) vs. Jose Ramirez (-120)
These aren’t the biggest names out there, but this junior welterweight unification bout should be an exciting one. Both fighters are undefeated with Hooker holding the WBO belt at 140 pounds, while Ramirez holds the WBC belt in that weight class. The fight will take place just a few miles from Hooker’s hometown of Dallas, Texas.
Sept. 28: Errol Spence (-400) vs. Shawn Porter (+260)
These two fighters have been dancing around a potential bout for a while and now it’s official. Spence holds the IBF title and is considered the best in the welterweight division by many. Porter holds the WBC title, but is coming off a controversial split-decision win over Yordenis Ugas in March. This will undoubtedly be the biggest test of both fighter’s careers to date.
Potential Late Summer/Fall Bouts
Deontay Wilder (TBA) vs. Luis Ortiz (TBA)
Wilder announced on his Twitter account that this fight was a done deal back in May. No date or site has been announced yet, but Wilder made it clear this is the man he wants to fight before his potential rematch with Tyson Fury. For what it’s worth, Ortiz gave Wilder all he could handle in the first scrap, forcing the champ to hold on for dear life at one point.
Mikey Garcia (TBA) vs. Danny Garcia (TBA)
The last time we saw Mikey Garcia he was getting tattooed by Errol Spence. The immediate reaction was that Mikey should not have moved up to that weight class, but a fight with former welterweight champion Danny Garcia has been rumored to be a done deal.
Canelo Álvarez (-150) vs. Gennady Golovkin (+130)
With news that Golden Boy won’t have Álvarez fighting on his usual September date, this fight might not happened until December. Golovkin has made it very clear that he only wants Canelo next. Team Álvarez (specifically Oscar De La Hoya) seems hesitant to make that deal.
Golovkin also mentioned he would prefer not to fight in Vegas again, which is where Canelo has a significant crowd advantage and the scores have not been in Golovkin’s favor.
Anthony Joshua (-333) vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. (+250)
As soon as this fight ended Joshua’s team made it clear they would trigger the automatic rematch clause. While it was assumed the rematch would happen on Joshua’s side of the pond in the United Kingdom, it’s very likely that the rematch happens back at Madison Square Garden at the end of this year. Despite the Earth-shattering upset loss, Joshua is still favored to win a second fight.