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Boxing: Plenty on the agenda for 2022

Boxing served up fantastic fights, huge shocks and delivered some highly-anticipated clashes in 2021 and 2022 promises to be no different.

We take a look at what we know and what we might hope to see in terms of big fights this year.

Amir Khan v Kell Brook (February 19th)

Amir Khan and Kell Brook have been threatening to get in on for years and we finally get to see the all-British showdown in February.

Of course, there may have been more on the line, if the pair of former world champions had got it on earlier in their careers, but this should still be an interesting 149lbs-catchweight fight, for which Brook is 1/2 for victory and Khan is a 6/4 shot.

Three world title bouts

Fight fans have three world title fights to look forward to in the early part of this year.

Gary Russell Jr and Mark Magsayo are due to clash for the WBC featherweight crown, Leo Santa Cruz and Keenan Carbajal are getting it on for the WBA featherweight crown and Joe Smith Jr and Callum Johnson will face off for the WBO light-heavyweight belt.

Johnson is 5/2 to win his first world title, with Smith a 2/7 chance, while Russell is 1/4 to hold on to his title on January 23rd.

Undisputed champions

There's another huge all-British fight set for February 26th when Josh Taylor takes on Jack Catterall.

The Tartan Tornado is the undisputed super-lightweight king and he puts all four belts on the line against the Lancashire boxer, with the Scot 1/12 to avoid any mishaps and Catterall is 6/1 for the shock.

We may also see women's pound-for-pound queen Katie Taylor defend her undisputed crown against Amanda Serrano later this year.

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Best of British

There are no titles on the line, but Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams are set for a February showdown, in what should be an intriguing middleweight contest. Eubank is the 2/5 favourite, but there's no doubt that Williams will have his supporters at 7/4.

Conor Benn will be targeting a world title shot in 2022 and former four-weight world champion Adrien Broner has been lined up as the next opponent for the rapidly-rising Destroyer.

Liam Smith is 8/15 to beat Jessie Vargas when the pair clash early in February, while John Ryder faces a stiff test when taking on Danny Jacobs, but the Islington man is no stranger to a shock and he can be backed at 6/4 for that fight on February 12th.

Leigh Wood will defend his WBA featherweight title against Michael Conlan in Nottingham on March 12th and it's interesting that the champ and home fighter is the underdog at 11/8.

Anthony Yarde gained revenge over Lyndon Arthur last year and that could set-up a massive fight against fellow Londoner Joshua Buatsi. That really would be a mouth-watering showdown.

Heavyweights jostling for position

There is no shortage of huge heavyweight bouts to be made in 2022, but it's not quite clear who will be fighting who.

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte's clash has been on and off throughout 2021 and while it's possible that pair could fight in March, it would need to be seen to be believed.

Anthony Joshua's rematch against Oleksandr Usyk is due to take place in April and that bout does look likely to happen, with AJ on a recovery mission after losing his WBA, IBF and WBO belts to the Ukrainian last year.

Deontay Wilder will be looking to recover from his defeat to Tyson Fury and Joseph Parker will no doubt have eyes on a world title shot after beating Dereck Chisora.

Joe Joyce is another big-puncher looking to get involved, but he may find himself in another battle with Daniel Dubois, before getting a crack at Fury, Usyk or Joshua.

Stars set to align

If Terence Crawford and Errol Spence could come together in 2022 it would surely be one of the highlights of the year. Crawford can lay claim to being the sport's pound-for-pound king and Spence really is the only welterweight left out there for the undefeated southpaw.

There has been talk of undisputed super-middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez moving up to heavyweight in 2022. That may be a little far-fetched, but it would be a brave man to back against anything the Mexican sets his sights on.

Cruiser king Mairis Briedis could get it on with Lawrence Okolie, while Artur Beterbiev, Gervonta Davis, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Naoya Inoue and Callum Smith are some of the stars we should see in the ring in 2022.

Meanwhile, Juan Francisco Estrada is already confirmed to be facing Roman Gonzalez for the third time on March 6th.

Final word to Floyd

Floyd Mayweather may be retired, but his exhibition bouts still command a huge audience and it seems likely that one of the greatest of all-time will be out again in 2022.

Pretty Boy is lining up a fight against YouTube boxer Money Kicks and it seems likely that fellow social media stars Jake and Logan Paul will be eyeing up their own slice of the action.

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