Boxing in the 2010s

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Boxing in the 2010s includes notable events about boxing which occurred during the years 2010–2019.

Lists of notable fights and events by year[edit]

2010[edit]

January

February

March

  • March 13 – Manny Pacquiao defeats Joshua Clottey, controlling the fight from start to finish and winning by unanimous decision. This was the first boxing match held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, drawing more than 41,000 people. This was Pacquiao's first defense of his newly awarded WBO welterweight title.
  • March 20 – Wladimir Klitschko knocks out Eddie Chambers with a fierce left to the temple with five seconds left in the fight. Chambers was knocked out nearly instantly, collapsing to the canvas and hanging off the last rope. This was Klitschko's first defense of his Ring magazine heavyweight title, his fourth defense of his WBO heavyweight title, and his eighth defense of his IBF and IBO heavyweight titles.
  • March 27 – Arthur Abraham is disqualified in the 11th round, to lose to Andre Dirrell. In the fourth round, Abraham was down for the first time in his career, and he was cut over the right eyebrow in the seventh round. The fight was part of the second-group stage of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
  • March 27 – Erik Morales comes out of a nearly 32-month retirement to defeat José Alfaro by unanimous decision and win the WBC international welterweight title.
  • March 27 – Pongsaklek Wonjongkam defeats Kōki Kameda by majority decision to win the WBC flyweight title and vacant Ring magazine flyweight title. This is the second time Wonjongkam has become the WBC flyweight champion, first winning the title in March 2001. Wonjongkam had defended the title 17 times before losing to Daisuke Naito in July 2007. This fight is later named the best flyweight fight of 2010 by Ring magazine.
  • March 27 – In the co-main event of Wonjongkam/Kameda, Oleydong Sithsamerchai defeats Yasutaka Kuroki by a unanimous decision to retain his WBC strawweight title for the sixth time. This fight was later named the best strawweight fight of 2010 by Ring magazine.

April

  • April 3 – Bernard Hopkins defeats Roy Jones Jr. by unanimous decision in a rematch of their May 1993 fight, in which Jones Jr. won the vacant IBF middleweight title. The fight itself got little attention from the boxing media, even though it had been anticipated for many years in the boxing community. Following the rematch, the fight was widely criticized for its heavy use of illegal blows and a skirmish at the end of the sixth round.[citation needed]
  • April 3 – David Haye stops John Ruiz in the ninth round after knocking him down four times. This was Haye's first mandatory defense of his newly awarded WBA heavyweight title.
  • April 10 – Evander Holyfield, at 47 years of age, knocks out Francois Botha in the eighth round to win the WBF heavyweight title.
  • April 10 – Andre Berto defeats Carlos Quintana via referee stoppage in the eighth round to retain his WBC welterweight title for the fourth time. This was Berto's first fight since taking a brief hiatus for nearly a year to help in earthquake relief efforts in Haiti as well as to handle personal and family loses from the earthquake. During the fight, Berto injured his left biceps.
  • April 10 – Arthur Mercante dies at the age of 90.
  • April 17 – Lucian Bute knocks out Edison Miranda with a hard left uppercut in the third round. This was Bute's fifth defense of his IBF super middleweight title.
  • April 17 – Kelly Pavlik loses to Sergio Gabriel Martínez in a close fight for Pavlik's WBC, WBO, and Ring magazine middleweight titles. Martínez controlled the early rounds with quick in and out movements, refusing to heavily engage with Pavlik. Martínez managed to cut Pavlik's left eyebrow in the first round. Pavlik then started to mount a comeback in the middle rounds by blocking Martínez's punches more effectively. Pavlik spent most of his time headhunting trying to land a hard right, which did help Pavlik get a knockdown in the seventh round. In the late rounds Martínez came back and started to open up Pavlik's cuts more, making his face extremely blood. In the post fight interview Pavlik said he couldn't see due to the blood. Martínez ended up winning the fight with a unanimous decision.
  • April 19 – Edwin Valero commits suicide at the age of 28. On April 18, Valero was detained on suspicion of killing his 24-year-old wife. The following day, he was found dead in his prison cell, with a picture of his family in his mouth, having hanged himself using the denim pants he was wearing. Valero, who had two occasions where allegations of assault were placed on him in 2009 and 2010 was a subject of some inquiry on his mental health following a motorcycle crash he suffered in 2001.
  • April 24 – Mikkel Kessler upsets Carl Froch by a unanimous decision to win Froch's WBC super middleweight title. The fight was part of the second-group stage of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Following the fight, Froch complained about a judging bias, seeing how the fight was held in Kessler's country of origin, Denmark. This fight was later named the best super middleweight fight of 2010 by Ring magazine.
  • April 24 – Tomasz Adamek defeats Chris Arreola by a majority decision. Arreola had his moments and held his own throughout the fight however Adamek had landed more clean punches and accurate combinations throughout the fight. This was Adamek's second defense of his IBF international heavyweight title. This fight was later named the best heavyweight fight of 2010 by Ring magazine.
  • April 30 – In a stunning upset, Fernando Montiel knocks out Hozumi Hasegawa, ending his five-year, 10 title defense streak and taking his WBC bantamweight title. The knockout came as a surprise due to Hasegawa seeming to be clearly leading until the end of the fourth, when Montiel landed a left that stunned Hasegawa and pushed him back to the ropes, where he unloaded until the referee stopped the fight.

May

  • May 1 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Shane Mosley to continue his undefeated career streak. Mosley came out strong for the first two rounds—at one point making Mayweather's knees buckle—but Mayweather went on to control the fight.
  • May 8 – In a brief fight between Paul Williams and Kermit Cintrón, Cintrón falls out of the ring and is forced by doctors to stop fighting, giving Williams a win by technical decision.
  • May 8 – Making his comeback after roughly 15½ months of being suspended, Antonio Margarito defeated Roberto Garcia to win the vacant WBC international super welterweight title.
  • May 8 – In a rematch of a 2009 fight, Hugo Cázares defeated Nobuo Nashiro to win the WBA world super flyweight title. This fight is later named the best super flyweight fight of 2010 by Ring magazine.
  • May 13 – Manny Pacquiao is officially proclaimed congressman of the lone district of Sarangani.
  • May 15 – Amir Khan dominates Paul Malignaggi to win by TKO in the eleventh round and retain his WBA light welterweight title for the second time. This was Khan's debut in the United States.
  • May 22 – In their fourth fight against each other Rafael Márquez evens the series to two wins for each man by stopping Israel Vázquez by TKO in the third round.
  • May 29 – The WBO decides to strip Sergio Gabriel Martínez of his middleweight title due to his unclear decision of what weight class he wants to fight in (160lbs or 154lbs). According to WBO bylaws no WBO champion may hold a non-WBO championship in a weight class that is different from the weight class of his WBO championship. Martínez never defended his WBO middleweight title and continued to hold the WBC and Ring magazine middleweight titles as well as the WBC light middleweight title.

June

July

August

  • August 7 – Tavoris Cloud defeats Glen Johnson by a unanimous decision. This is Cloud's first defence of his newly awarded IBF light heavyweight title. This fight was later named the best light heavyweight fight of 2010 by Ring magazine.
  • August 8 – Devon Alexander wins a decision over Andriy Kotelnyk.
  • August 9 – Jay Larkin dies due to a brain tumor at the age of 59.
  • August 14 – Jean Pascal upsets Chad Dawson by a technical decision due to an accidental headbutt that caused a major cut over Dawson's right eye and the fight was stopped by the ring side doctor. However Pascal easily won the fight according to the judge's scorecards. Pascal defended his WBC light heavyweight title for the third time, won Dawson's IBO light heavyweight title, and filled the vacant Ring magazine light heavyweight title.
  • August 21 – Marco Huck defeats Matt Godfrey by fifth round TKO, to defend his WBO junior heavyweight title for the fourth time.
  • August 25 – Mikkel Kessler withdraws from the Super Six World Boxing Classic, citing an eye injury he suffered in his November 2009 fight against Andre Ward. 41-year-old Glen Johnson was made Kesslers's replacement in the tournament.
  • August 28 – Giovanni Segura upsets Iván Calderón by a knockout in the eighth round to win the WBO and WBA super world light flyweight titles. Segura ends Calderón's undefeated 34-fight winning record. This fight would later be named both the best light flyweight and overall fight of the year of 2010 by Ring magazine.

September

  • September 4 – Felix Sturm defeats Giovanni Lorenzo by a unanimous decision in his first fight in over a year.
  • September 4 – Ricky Burns upsets previously undefeated Román Martínez to end his 24–0 winning streak and win the WBO super featherweight title. This fight is later named the best super featherweight fight of 2010 by Ring magazine.
  • September 9 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. is questioned by police after a domestic battery charge is filed against him.
  • September 10 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. is taken into custody but is released on $3,000 bail. Initially, Mayweather is only charged with felony theft.
  • September 11 – Yuriorkis Gamboa defeats Orlando Salido to unified the WBA world and vacant IBF featherweight titles. Gamboa was knocked down in the eighth round and was docked two points in the twelfth round. While Salido was knocked down twice in the twelfth round.
  • September 11 – Wladimir Klitschko defeats Samuel Peter for the second time, in a rematch of their September 2005 fight.
  • September 16 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. receives two felony coercion charges and one felony robbery charge added to his felony theft that he received earlier in the week, along with one misdemeanor domestic battery charge and three misdemeanor harassment charges. Collectively, the eight charges leave Mayweather Jr. with potentially up to 34 years in prison.
  • September 18 – Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora ends in a controversial draw.
  • September 18 – Alexander Frenkel knocks out Enzo Maccarinelli in the seventh round to win the EBU cruiserweight title. This fight is later named the best cruiserweight fight of 2010 by Ring magazine.

October

November

December

  • December 4 – Paweł Wolak knocks out Jose Pinzon in the seventh round. This fight is later named the best junior middleweight fight of 2010 by Ring magazine.
  • December 8 – A judge issues an arrest warrant for Floyd Mayweather Jr. stemming from a November 15 incident where Mayweather allegedly poked a security guard in the face several times over parking tickets.
  • December 11 – Amir Khan defeats Marcos Maidana in a relatively close decision. Khan came out strong in the early part of the fight by applying heavy pressure on Maidana and getting a knockdown late in the first round. However, in the later parts of the fight, Khan spent much of his time avoiding Maidana, trying to endure through rounds. At one point, Maidana appeared to have almost finished Khan in the tenth round, when he landed a huge punch. But Khan absorbs the punishment and does enough to win by unanimous decision. Khan defends his WBA world light welterweight title for the third time. This fight is later named the best light welterweight fight of 2010 by Ring magazine.
  • December 11 – In the co-main event of Khan/Maidana, Victor Ortiz and Lamont Peterson settle with a somewhat controversial majority draw after ten rounds of boxing.
  • December 11 – Abner Mares defeats Vic Darchinyan by split decision to start Showtime's second boxing tournament based on the Super Six World Boxing Classic. However instead featured only four fighters, a single elimination format, and was focused on the bantamweight division at 118 lbs (54 kg) under the title, The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All. This fight was later named the best bantamweight fight of 2010 by Ring magazine.
  • December 11 – Following Mares/Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko defeated Yonnhy Pérez in a rematch of their October 2009 fight in which Pérez defeated Agbeko.
  • December 18 – Marco Huck continues his reign as WBO junior heavyweight champion by defeating Denis Lebedev by split decision.
  • December 18 – Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal ends in a controversial majority draw. Pascal scores two flash knockdowns early, putting Hopkins on the canvas for the first time in more than a decade. The older fighter then adjusts and dominates most of the fight.
  • December 23 – Hugo Cázares defeats Hiroyuki Hisataka by a unanimous decision to retain his WBA super flyweight title for the third time.
  • December 28 – "Bad" Bennie Briscoe dies at the age of 67.

2011[edit]

January

  • January 4 – Southern Highlands homeowners association files a lawsuit to the Clark County District Court seeking $10,000 in damages and an injunction against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. This comes in addition to numerous other charges Mayweather Jr. is facing, including domestic battery, theft, coercion, robbery, and harassment.
  • January 29 – Timothy Bradley defeats Devon Alexander by a tenth round technical decision. The fight was stopped due to a cut Alexander had received from an accidental headbutt in the third round, which was made worse by two more headbutts in the eighth round and a final, fourth headbutt in the tenth. Both fighters came in with undefeated records, and the fight was initially praised as one of the few good match-ups between two top-ranked Americans in recent years. With the win, Bradley unified the light welterweight titles by defending his WBO title and winning Alexander's WBC title.

February

  • February 4 – Sergio Mora loses to Brian Vera by controversial split decision. Vera had lost four of his last six fights.
  • February 5 – Tomás Rojas defends his WBC super flyweight title for the first time, defeating Nobuo Nashiro in an exciting, back-and-forth fight.
  • February 12 – Arthur Abraham defeats Stjepan Božić by an official second round technical knockout. The fight was stopped after Božić punched Abraham's elbow and fractured his hand.
  • February 15 – Manny Pacquiao visited the American capital of Washington during a press tour to have meetings with President Barack Obama and Nevada Senator Harry Reid.
  • February 19 – Nonito Donaire defeats Fernando Montiel by technical knockout in the second round to unify the WBO and WBC bantamweight titles. Donaire started the fight strong by controlling most of the first round, landing a left hook that briefly stunned Montiel. In the second round, Donaire started landing a few combinations before finishing Montiel with a solid hook.
  • February 19 – In the co-main event of Montiel/Donaire, a rematch against up-and-comer Mike Jones and Jesus Soto Karass. The first bout against the two boxers back in November 2010 for the co-main event to Pacquiao/Margarito ended in a controversial majority decision for Jones. In the rematch however, Jones controlled most of this fight, cutting Soto Karass over both eyes in the third round to win a strong unanimous decision.
  • February 26 – Brandon Rios knocks out Miguel Acosta in the tenth round, to win the WBA world lightweight title. Acosta started the fight strong by controlling most of the early rounds. However a left hand to the body followed by a short jab caught Acosta in the sixth round and forced a knockdown. Acosta then appeared to be to have regained himself in the seventh round, just to be knocked down again in the eighth. The fight then ended with back-and-forth action from both fighters, with Rios landing three right hands to finish Ascota in the tenth.

March

April

May

June

July

August

  • August 13 – Abner Mares wins a highly disputed majority decision over Joseph Agbeko.
  • August 13 – Kimbo Slice makes his boxing debut with a 17-second knockout of James Wade.
  • August 19 – Suriyan Sor Rungvisai wins a decision over Tomas Rojas to win WBC title.
  • August 27 – Alexander Povetkin defeats Ruslan Chagaev by decision.
  • August 27 – Raul Garcia loses a split decision to prospect Moises Fuentes to lose his WBO minimumweight title.
  • August 31 – Hugo Fidel Cazares loses a split decision to Tomonobu Shimizu and WBA title.

September

  • September 3 – Andre Berto stops Dejan Zavec at the end of the fifth round by a medical stoppage after Zavec's right eye closed and suffered a serious cut.
  • September 10 – Vitali Klitschko knocks out Tomasz Adamek in the tenth round.
  • September 10 – Yuriorkis Gamboa wins a technical decision over Daniel Ponce de Leon.
  • September 10 – Juan Carlos Salgado wins a decision over Argenis Mendez for the vacant IBF title.
  • September 17 – Saul Alvarez knocks out Alfonso Gomez in the sixth round.
  • September 17 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. knocks out Victor Ortiz in what many deemed a sucker punch in the fourth round to remain undefeated.

October

  • October 1 – Andy Lee wins a decision over Brian Vera.
  • October 1 – Sergio Martinez knocks out Darren Barker in the 11th round.
  • October 1 – Toshiaki Nishioka wins a decision over Rafael Marquez to defend WBC super bantamweight title.
  • October 1 – Karo Murat versus Gabriel Campillo ends in a split draw.
  • October 1 – Yoan Pablo Hernandez wins a technical decision over Steve Cunningham.
  • October 8 – Donnie Nietes defeats Ramon Garcia Hirales for WBO light flyweight title.
  • October 8 – English prospect Kell Brook knocks out Rafal Jackiewicz in the sixth round.
  • October 15 – In what is later changed to a No Contest, Bernard Hopkins is unable to continue after injuring his shoulder in the 2nd round of a light heavyweight fight with Chad Dawson. Dawson was initially awarded a knockout victory.
  • October 15 – Kimbo Slice scores his second career knockout, stopping Tay Bledsoe in just under two minutes.
  • October 21 – Pongsaklek Wonjongkam defeats Edgar Sosa to defend his WBC flyweight title.
  • October 22 – Nonito Donaire wins a one-sided decision over Omar Andres Narvaez
  • October 22 – Miguel Acosta loses a decision against Richard Abril in a big upset.
  • October 29 – Hernan Marquez knocks out Luis Concepcion in the first round to defend the WBA belt.

November

  • November 4 – Suriyan Sor Rungvisai wins a decision over Nobuo Nashiro.
  • November 4 – Denis Lebedev wins a one-sided decision over James Toney.
  • November 5 – Ricky Burns wins a decision over Michael Katsidis.
  • November 5 – James Kirkland wins a major upset by knocking out Alfredo Angulo in the sixth round.
  • November 5 – Lucian Bute wins a one-sided decision over veteran Glen Johnson.
  • November 7 – Joe Frazier dies due to liver cancer.

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

Upcoming fights[edit]

2015[edit]

Date Location Fight Division Titles Rematch TV Promoter Notes
May 2 Las Vegas, USA Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Welterweight WBA Welterweight
WBO Welterweight
WBC Welterweight
The Ring Magazine Welterweight
No Showtime PPV
HBO PPV
Mayweather Promotions
Top Rank
The Fight of the Century
May 9 Houston, USA Saul Alvarez vs. James Kirkland Light Middleweight No No HBO Golden Boy Promotions N/A
May 16 Inglewood, USA Gennady Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe, Jr. Middleweight WBA Middleweight
IBO Middleweight
No HBO K2 Promotions N/A
May 22 Moscow, Russia Grigory Drozd vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk Cruiserweight WBC Cruiserweight Yes Russia 2 Andrey Ryabinsky N/A
May 22 Moscow, Russia Alexander Povetkin vs. Mike Perez Heavyweight No No Russia 2 Andrey Ryabinsky N/A
May 23 Boston, USA Andre Dirrell vs. James DeGale Super Middleweight IBF Super Middleweight No NBC Matchroom Boxing N/A
June 6 New York, USA Miguel Cotto vs. Daniel Geale Middleweight WBC Middleweight
The Ring Magazine Middleweight
No HBO Roc Nation Sports N/A
June 13 New York, USA Nicholas Walters vs. TBA Featherweight WBA Super World Featherweight No HBO Top Rank N/A
June 20 Oakland, USA Andre Ward vs. Paul Smith Super Middleweight WBA Super World Super Middleweight No BET Roc Nation Sports N/A

2016[edit]

Currently there are no fights scheduled for 2016.

2017[edit]

Currently there are no fights scheduled for 2017.

2018[edit]

Currently there are no fights scheduled for 2018.

2019[edit]

Currently there are no fights scheduled for 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Odlanier Solis' knee torn up after defeat vs. Vitali Klitschko – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2011-03-20. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 

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