Boxing in the 2000s

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Lists of notable fights and other key news by year[edit]









  • January 6 Sam Peter defeats James Toney by unanimous decision in their rematch. Peter becomes the #1 challenger for WBC Heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev.
  • January 20 Nikolay Valuev defends his WBA Heavyweight title by defeating Jameel McCline by technical knockout after McCline blew out his knee.
  • January 20 Ricky Hatton beats Juan Urango by unanimous decision. Both fighters were previously unbeaten.
  • February 3 Chad Dawson becomes WBC Light Heavyweight champion after defeating Tomasz Adamek by unanimous decision. Despite being knocked down from a straight right hand in round 10, Dawson dominates most of the fight with his speed.
  • February 10 Shane Mosley becomes WBC Welterweight champion by defeating Luis Collazo by unanimous decision.
  • March 3 Rafael Márquez moves up in weight class and defeats Ring Magazine and WBC Super Bantamweight champion Israel Vázquez by 7th round technical knockout. Vazquez did not answer the bell after badly breaking his nose and having trouble breathing.
  • March 10 Wladimir Klitschko defends his IBF Heavyweight title by defeating Ray Austin by 2nd round knockout.
  • March 17 Juan Manuel Márquez defeats Marco Antonio Barrera by unanimous decision to become the WBC Super Featherweight champion. In the seventh round there was controversy, as Marquez thoroughly dominated the round then got knocked down by Barrera. Referee Jay Nady ruled this a slip, then penalized Barrera for hitting while Marquez was on the canvas.
  • March 24 Mikkel Kessler defends his WBA and WBC Super middleweight titles bt defeating Librado Andrade by a shutout unanimous decision.
  • April 7 Joe Calzaghe defends his WBO and Ring Magazine super middleweight titles by defeating Peter Manfredo (of The Contender fame) by a 3rd round technical knockout.
  • April HBO airs De la Hoya/Mayweather 24/7 for three weeks to hype the highly anticipated matchup between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
  • April 14 Ruslan Chagaev becomes the new WBA Heavyweight Champion after defeating Nicolay Valuev by majority decision.
  • April 28 Juan Díaz unifies the WBA and WBO Lightweight titles after defeating Acelino Freitas. Freitas refused to answer the bell before round nine.
  • May 5 In a highly anticipated matchup, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. defeats Oscar De La Hoya by split decision, taking the WBC junior middleweight title. Despite being one of the richest fights in the history of the sport, the fight generally did not match the hype.
  • May 7 Former super featherweight and lightweight champion Diego Corrales dies in a motorcycle accident near his home in Las Vegas. Corrales died on the two-year anniversary of his thrilling first fight against José Luis Castillo, regarded as one of the greatest fights in modern history.
  • June 2 Sultan Ibragimov defeats Shannon Briggs by unanimous decision to take the WBO heavyweight title.
  • June 9 Miguel Cotto successfully defends his WBA Welterweight title as he defeats Zab Judah by technical knockout in the 11th.
  • June 23 Ricky Hatton defends his Ring light welterweight crown as he defeats José Luis Castillo by knockout. Hatton hits him with a perfect liver punch, putting him on the canvas for the first time in his pro career.
  • July 7 Vic Darchinyan loses his IBF and IBO flyweight titles, getting knocked out by Nonito Donaire in five rounds.
  • July 14 Paul Williams becomes the WBO welterweight champion as he defeats Antonio Margarito by unanimous decision.
  • July 18 Daisuke Naito upsets Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, who had previously beaten him twice, by unanimous decision. Naito ends Wonjongkam's six-year run as WBC flyweight champion.
  • July 21 Bernard Hopkins beats Winky Wright by unanimous decision.
  • August 4 Israel Vázquez defeats Rafael Márquez by technical knockout in the 6th round of their rematch to recapture the WBC super bantamweight title. The two traded punches throughout the fight before Vázquez dominated Márquez in the sixth round, causing the referee to stop the fight.
  • August 25 Iván Calderón defeats Hugo Fidel Cazares in a split decision to win the WBO Light Flyweight title and to become The Ring Magazine Jr. Flyweight champion. This was Calderon's first fight at Light Flyweight.
  • September 29 Kelly Pavlik upsets Jermain Taylor by seventh round TKO to win the WBC, WBO and universally recognized middleweight championship. Pavlik was knocked down in the second round but rallied back against a tired Taylor.
  • October 6 Manny Pacquiao defeats Marco Antonio Barrera by unanimous decision. Barrera would announce his retirement after the fight.
  • November 4 Joe Calzaghe defeats Mikkel Kessler by unanimous decision in a unification bout for the WBA, WBC and WBO super middleweight titles. Calzaghe becomes the first undisputed super middleweight champion and surpasses the 20 defenses made by Bernard Hopkins and Larry Holmes at middleweight and heavyweight respectively.
  • November 11 David Haye beats Jean Marc Mormeck by a 7th round TKO to win the WBC cruiserweight title and the WBA super cruiserweight title.
  • December 8 Floyd Mayweather, Jr. defends his WBC and Ring Welterweight titles, defeating Ricky Hatton by 10th round technical knockout.
  • December 16 Danny Green defeats Stipe Drews to win the WBA Light Heavyweight title. This is Green's first successful world title match after trying to win the WBC Super Middleweight Title twice.