Boxing schedule 2018: Fight dates, must-see events

If the first half is any indication of how big of a year boxing will have, then the sport will continue its rebirth.

Boxing in 2017 delivered many fights that fans have been wanting to see. 2018 looks to be even better — if the first half of the year is any indication, then it definitely will be.

A couple of big fights highlight 2018's first-half schedule, including a heavyweight title unification bout between Anthony Joshua against Joseph Parker and the lightweight title fight between Jorge Linares and SN Boxing's No. 3 ranked Vasyl Lomachenko.

Other big names to keep an eye on: Errol Spence, Manny Pacquiao and SN Boxing's No. 1 ranked Terence Crawford.

MORE: SN's pound-for-pound rankings — It's loaded at the top

While other big fights could be announced, here is what's currently scheduled.

June 9

Las Vegas

  • Jeff Horn vs. Terence Crawford for Horn's WBO welterweight title

Los Angeles

  • Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares II for Santa Cruz's WBA "Super" Featherweight title
  • Jermell Charlo vs. Austin Trout for Charlo's WBC Junior Middleweight title

Manchester, England

  • Tyson Fury vs. Sefer Seferi; Heavyweights
  • Terry Flanagan vs. Maurice Hooker for vacant WBO Junior Welterweight title

June 16

  • Errol Spence Jr. vs. Carlos Ocampo for Spence Jr.'s IBF Welterweight title
  • Danny Roman vs. Moises Flores for Roman's WBA Junior Featherweight title

June 22

  • Claressa Shields vs. Hanna Gabriels for vacant IBF/WBA Women's Middleweight titles
  • Christina Hammer vs. Tori Nelson for Hammer's WBC/WBO Women's Middleweight titles

July 14

  • Lucas Matthysse vs. Manny Pacquiao for Matthysse's WBA "regular" Welterweight title
  • Moruti Mthalane vs. Muhammad Waseem for vacant IBF Flyweight title
  • Carlos Canizales vs. Bin Lu for Canizales' WBA "regular" Junior Flyweight title

July 28

  • Dillian Whyte vs. Joseph Parker; Heavyweights

August 4

  • Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez for Kovalev's WBO Light Heavyweight title
  • Dmitry Bivol vs. TBA for Bivol's WBA Light Heavyweight title
  • Sullivan Barrera vs. TBA; Light Heavyweights

September 15

  • Canelo Alvarez vs. TBA; Middleweights

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