Matchroom Boxing announces Q1 schedule featuring Chocolatito-Estrada III, Daniel Jacobs-John Ryder and more

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After a memorable past fewer months of boxing successful 2021, Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing volition look to proceed that momentum heading into 2022.

The promoter connected Friday announced aggregate combat nights successful the U.K. and U.S. featuring immoderate of the biggest names successful boxing. 

“We ended 2021 with a bang and I can’t hold to get started successful 2022. It’s going to beryllium specified an breathtaking twelvemonth for Matchroom and DAZN with monolithic events each implicit the world, and I’m delighted with the aboriginal docket we’ve enactment unneurotic – unifications, satellite rubric enactment and career-defining nights; there’s truthful overmuch play packed into these nights, and we’ve got plentifulness much to adhd soon,” Hearn said successful a release.

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Starting on February 5, Jessie Vargas volition look disconnected against Liam Smith. The WBC ace flyweight rubric volition besides beryllium connected the enactment arsenic Srisaket Sor Rungvisai faces disconnected against Carlos Cuadras. This combat paper volition instrumentality spot astatine the Gila River Arena successful Glendale, Arizona. 

Vargas, a erstwhile WBO welterweight champion, won the rubric successful 2016. After losing the rubric against Manny Pacquiao, Vargas has gone 2-1-2 successful his past 5 fights. He past fought successful February 2020, losing to Mikey Garcia. Smith is simply a erstwhile WBO airy middleweight champion who mislaid the rubric against Canelo Alvarez successful 2016. He has gone 7-2 since then, past warring and beating Anthony Fowler via TKO successful October.

On February 12 from wrong the Alexandra Palace successful London, Daniel Jacobs volition look disconnected against John Ryder. Jacobs, a erstwhile WBA and IBF middleweight champion, past fought successful November 2020. On a two-fight triumph streak, helium past bushed Gabriel Rosado via divided decision. Ryder, a erstwhile rubric contender, has besides won 2 successful a row.

Lawrence Okolie and Michal Cieslak volition quadrate disconnected successful London on February 27. Okolie, 29, has been a British, European, and Commonwealth cruiserweight champion. He won the WBO cruiserweight rubric against Krzysztof Glowacki and bushed Dilan Prasovic successful September to support it. Cieslak is connected a two-fight triumph streak, having beaten Yury Kashinsky backmost successful May via TKO. He fought for the WBC cruiserweight rubric successful January 2020, losing to Ilunga Makabu.

One of the biggest matchups of 2022 is acceptable to instrumentality spot on March 5 as Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez volition vie successful a trilogy combat successful San Diego. Gonzalez faced disconnected against Estrada successful 2012, beating him via unanimous determination to clasp the WBA airy flyweight title. They met again this past March, with Estrada prevailing successful a Fight of the Year contender to galore for the WBA, WBC, and The Ring ace flyweight titles. The combat volition beryllium wrong the Pechanga Arena San Diego. 

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A clash volition instrumentality spot astir St. Patrick’s Day, arsenic Michael Conlan fights Leigh Wood for the latter's WBA featherweight title connected March 12. Conlan, the interim WBA featherweight champion, past fought successful August, beating T.J. Doheny via unanimous decision. Wood bushed Xu Can successful July to go WBA champion. The combat volition instrumentality spot astatine the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham successful the United Kingdom. 

Finally, Kiko Martinez volition support the IBF featherweight rubric successful a rematch against Josh Warrington astatine the First Direct Arena successful Leeds connected March 26. Martinez, who bushed Kid Galahad for the rubric successful November, mislaid to Warrington successful May 2017 via bulk decision. 

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