Boxing schedule 2018: Fight dates, must-see events

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Although they're led by Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, this current crop of heavyweights have many other names to keep an eye on.

Current heavyweights have the potential to be great

Although they're led by Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, this current crop of heavyweights have many other names to keep an eye on.

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.

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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

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News. Subscribe to his You Tube channel here . You can email him at stevemuehlhausen@yahoo.com and can find him on Twitter @SMuehlhausenMMA .

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