With the new autumn season of boxing not far off, Hearn is now planning fights and shows for August 31 onwards, and intends to improve the quality of his standard Sky Sports shows, which he admits have not always been up to scratch so far this year.
He is also continuing to grow his US venture with subscription service DAZN and added some bouts that would be hosted Stateside to the list as well.
You can read Hearn’s full slate of 15 fights to make before the end of this year below.
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1. Oleksandr Usyk vs Carlos Takam (Heavyweight)
2. Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker (Heavyweight)
3. Jamie Munguia vs Jessie Vargas (WBO Super-Welterweight Title)
4. Kal Yafai vs Juan Estrada (WBA & WBC Super-Flyweight Titles)
5. Jorge Linares vs Ricky Burns (Lightweight)
6. Callum Johnson vs Joe Smith Jr (Light-Heavyweight)
7. Liam Smith vs Sergio Garcia (European Super-Welterweight Title)
8. Joshua Buatsi vs Sullivan Barrera (Light-Heavyweight)
9. Jamie McDonnell vs TJ Doheny (Super-Bantamweight/Featherweight)
10. Francesco Patera vs Joe Cordina (European Lightweight Title)
11. Lewis Ritson vs Robbie Davies Jr (British Super-Lightweight Title)
12. Conor Benn vs Johnny Garton (Welterweight)
13. Kid Galahad vs Enrique Tinoco (Featherweight)
14. Rocky Fielding vs Anthony Sims Jr (Super-Middleweight)
15. Jono Carroll vs Martin J Ward (Super-Featherweight)
Oleksandr Usyk will make his heavyweight bow against Carlos Takam in America on May 25.
Ukrainian fighter Usyk (16-0 12KOs) dominated the cruiserweight division, becoming the undisputed champion with a commanding win over Murat Gassiev in July as well as winning the inaugural World Boxing Super Series.
He made it clear his intention to move up to the heavyweight division and he will begin his big test against French fighter Takam (36-5-1 28KOs).
Takam fought Anthony Joshua for the IBF, WBA and IBO world titles in October 2017 where he took the Briton to ten rounds and also starred in a classic fight with Derek Chisora in July 2018.
“May 25 marks a major moment in my career when I move to the heavyweight division,” said Usyk.
“At cruiserweight I did it all and became the undisputed champion and that is my goal now in the heavyweights.
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“This is the ultimate challenge and it begins on May 25 against Carlos Takam. It’s a tough first fight but I need to test myself against world class opposition on my new road to undisputed.”
“Usyk has achieved everything in the cruiserweight division – I am ready to welcome him to the new world of heavyweight boxing,” said Takam.
“I can promise that this will be a great fight and I will provide Usyk with a huge test on his heavyweight debut. I have huge ambitions of my own in the division and this fight will provide me with the chance to prove that.”
“The time has come for the ultimate challenge for Oleksandr Usyk,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“This pound-for-pound star had dominated the cruiserweight division becoming undisputed champion after just 15 fights. Now he takes the daring leap to the land of the giants as he attempts to repeat his achievements in the heavyweight division.
“Takam is the perfect test for the heavyweight debut. A big strong, all action fighter who will welcome Usyk into the fold with a heavy arsenal – be ready for fireworks on May 25!”
An announcement on the undercard and ticket sale date will be made next week.
It has been confirmed that Dillian Whyte will next fight on April 20 at the O2 Arena in London.
The 30-year-old was originally hoping to challenge Anthony Joshua for his unified heavyweight titles on at Wembley a week before, however, terms could not be agreed and it seems AJ will instead face Jarrell Miller in New York in June.
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