Esther Lin/SHOWTIME. Pictured: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
- WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is heavily favored to win in his return to the ring against challenger Dominic Breazeale.
- Check out the rest of the major bouts on the 2019 boxing schedule.
Canelo Álvarez and Daniel Jacobs didn’t exactly provide the excitement in their middleweight unification on Saturday night, but Álvarez managed to get the win and another belt at 160 pounds.
Now we look forward to the rest of the early Summer boxing schedule and the odds. The next three major bouts being headlined by big knockout punchers:
May 18: Deontay Wilder (-700) vs. Dominic Breazeale (+500)
Boxing fans were hoping Deontay Wilder’s return to the ring would be either a rematch with Tyson Fury or a unification match with Anthony Joshua. Unfortunately, neither of those fights materialized. Instead Wilder(40-0-1; 39 KO) will defend his WBC heavyweight belt against a fellow Team USA Olympic boxer Dominic Breazeale. Breazeale’s only career loss came against Joshua by TKO in 2016.
Wilder and Breazeale (20-1; 18 KO) have complicated history with each other after an altercation at a hotel lobby in 2017. While neither man appeared to throw any blows, we can certainly expect it fuel both guys in the ring.
June 1: Antony Joshua (-2500) vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. (+1100)
Anthony Joshua’s American debut was supposed to be against Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller at Madison Square Garden in New York. After Miller failed multiple PED test leading up to the fight, Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn had to change course and find a replacement.
Enter Andy Ruiz Jr. (32-1; 21 KO), a heavyweight challenger who nearly won a belt in 2016 against former WBO champion Joseph Parker.
June 8: Gennady Golovkin (-5000) vs. Steve Rolls (+1200)
This fight was a bit of a head scratcher for Gennady “GGG” Golovkin when it was announced. GGG (38-1-1; 34 KO) suffered the first loss of his career against Canelo in September and it was very unlikely a third fight would be next up.
Still, the virtually unknown Steve Rolls (19-0; 10 KO) probably wasn’t on anyone’s list as a potential opponent. This will also be Golovkin’s first fight since splitting with long-time trainer Abel Sanchez and his first fight since signing a deal with streaming service DAZN worth $100 million.
June 15: Tyson Fury (-5000) vs. Tom Schwarz (+1500)
Tyson Fury’s (27-0-1; 19 KO) comeback from a 12-round knockdown against Wilder essentially secured him a fight deal with ESPN and Top Rank. The outspoken lineal heavyweight champion will make his debut on the network at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
His opponent Tom Schwarz (24-0; 16 KO) will be fighting in the United States for the first time in his career.