Matchroom Boxing have introduced a stacked begin to their 2022 schedule on DAZN with Jessie Vargas and Daniel Jacobs headlining towards Liam Smith and John Ryder respectively on the opening two weekends.
Matchroom confirmed on Friday that former world champions, Vargas and Smith will lastly meet on February 5 on the Gila River Enviornment in Glendale, Arizona with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai dealing with Carlos Cuadras for the vacant WBC Tremendous-Flyweight title on the cardboard.
Vargas fights for the primary time since a unanimous choice loss to four-weight world champion, Mikey Garcia in February 2020, while Smith is coming off an October stoppage win over local rival, Anthony Fowler.
Former middleweight titlist, Jacobs who edged previous Gabriel Rosado in November, will make his UK debut on February 12 when he meet Ryder, who has secured two wins since a controversial defeat to former tremendous middleweight champion, Callum Smith. The conflict takes place at Alexandra Palace, dwelling to the latest Darts World Championships.
Lawrence Okolie, who teased a move to heavyweight earlier this week will make the second defence of his WBO cruiserweight world title towards Michael Cieslak on February 27, at a venue to be confirmed.
Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez will run it again for a 3rd time on March 5 on the Pechanga Enviornment, San Diego for the WBA ‘tremendous’ tremendous flyweight title, following an exhilarating rematch nearly a yr prior and the scores stage at 1-1.
Leigh Wooden will make a maiden defence of the WBA ‘common’ featherweight crown he secured with a surprising last spherical knockout over Can Xu at Battle Camp in July when he clashes with Michael Conlan on the Motorpoint Enviornment, Nottingham on March 12.
Per week later welterweight duo, Vergil Ortiz Jr and Michael McKinson will danger their undefeated data on a present promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, at a venue to be confirmed.
Ortiz Jr noticed off former world title challenger, Egidijus Kavaliauskas in August, while McKisnon eased previous Przemyslaw Runowski in August.
Josh Warrington will look to reclaim the IBF featherweight title when he faces Kiko Martinez in a rematch nearly 4 years on from their first assembly, wherein the Leeds man secured a majority choice win.
WE GO AGAIN WITH KIKO…
FUNNY OLD GAME THIS BOXING🥊
WARRINGTON VS MARTINEZ 2
SATURDAY twenty sixth MARCH 🗓
FIRST DIRECT ARENA, LEEDS 🏟
IBF WORLD TITLE! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/sHRi4URlLI
— Josh Warrington (@J_Warrington) January 7, 2022
Martinez shocked Child Galahad to assert the belt in one of many upsets of 2021 and faces Warrington, who was held to a technical draw with Mauricio Lara in September.
The pair will battle on the First Direct Enviornment, Leeds – the identical venue that staged their first outing.