Eddie Hearn has announced his full spring schedule of five fight nights between February and April.
Dillian Whyte’s heavyweight rematch with Alexander Povetkin headlines the list of confirmed bouts, though there are plenty of intriguing match-ups to come.
Whyte and Povetkin will meet againMark Robinson/Matchroom
The schedule begins with a letdown though, as IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington faces Mauricio Lara on February 13.
Warrington had been preparing for an all-action showdown against China’s WBA ‘regular’ belt-holder Can Xu for several months, but Xu withdrew at late notice citing a variety of reasons.
The hope for Warrington is to still reschedule this fight or take on another champion in May, but the situation is muddied by his IBF mandatory Kid Galahad and it’s unclear how things will play out.
A week later, Josh Kelly’s long-awaited European title challenge against David Avanesyan has been announced for a fourth time.
Warrington has 30 wins from his 30 professional fightsGetty Images – Getty
The fight was initially due for December 8, 2018, then March 28, 2020, then January 30, 2021, and is now set for February 20, 2021.
On March 6, Whyte attempts revenge over Povetkin.
The Russian stunned the Brit with a fifth-round knockout, after being floored twice himself, back in August and now Whyte must win to regain his mandatory position for a world title shot.
Lawrence Okolie’s title opportunity was postponed late last year as Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki caught coronavirus. This vacant WBO world title bout is now rescheduled for March 20.
Okolie is set for a world title shot
And finally, on April 10, Conor Benn will make another interesting welterweight step up as he faces Samuel Vargas.
Hearn said: “Even in a pandemic I feel like this is the strongest start to a year Matchroom have had in a long time.
“It’s going to be a rough ride over the next couple of months but with plenty of drama and excitement along the way.
“We have some thrilling main events and stacked cards that feature some of the biggest names in British boxing returning to action as we look to make a real statement in 2021.”
Benn really impressed against Sebastian Formella last time outMark Robinson/Matchroom
February 13, Venue TBC – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom
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Josh Warrington vs Mauricio Lara (Featherweight)
Zelfa Barrett vs Kiko Martinez (Super-Featherweight)
Leigh Wood vs Reece Mould (British Featherweight Title)
February 20, Venue TBC – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom
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David Avanesyan vs Josh Kelly (European Welterweight Title)
Anthony Fowler vs Jorge Fortea (Super-Welterweight)
Florian Marku vs Rylan Charlton (Welterweight)
Match 6, Venue TBC – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom
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Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte II (WBC ‘Interim’ Heavyweight Title)
Ted Cheeseman vs JJ Metcalf (British Super-Welterweight Title)
Fabio Wardley vs Eric Molina (Heavyweight)
Campbell Hatton vs Opponent TBC (Super-Featherweight)
March 20, Venue TBC – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom
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Lawrence Okolie vs Krzysztof Glowacki (WBO Cruiserweight Title)
Chantelle Cameron vs Melissa Hernandez (WBC Super-Lightweight Title)
Chris Billam-Smith vs Deion Jumah (British Cruiserweight Title)
April 10, Venue TBC – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom
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Conor Benn vs Samuel Vargas (Welterweight)
Rachel Ball vs Shannon Courtenay (WBA Bantamweight Title)
Savannah Marshall vs Opponent TBC (WBO Middleweight Title)
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