Joshua suffered probably the most notable defeat of the 12 months, shedding his unified belts to Oleksandr Usyk who sensationally outfoxed him on his personal patch.
He can be eyeing instant redemption in a repeat of the primary assembly this 12 months which may arrange a possible undisputed conflict in opposition to Tyson Fury.
Lopez, in the meantime, will face a whole new problem fully after shedding his light-weight belts in devastating vogue to champion elect George Kambosos.
Wilder can be trying to bounce again later this 12 months after being outclassed by trilogy rival Fury in an epic, whereas Caleb Plant can be eyeing a return to motion after developing brief in opposition to pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez.
Featherweight star Josh Warrington may also be trying to be re-crowned as a champion after shedding his belts in a shock defeat to Mauricio Lara earlier than being minimize brief by a horror minimize to his opponent of their rematch.
We check out what lies in retailer for these 5 fighters as they start their quest to regain momentum…
5. Caleb Plant
Plant can be searching for redemption within the boxing ring after falling to defeat in opposition to the fighter who’s perceived the present main star within the sport.
Alvarez rallied to a late stoppage defeat within the combat after Plant put up a courageous boxing show which annoyed the Mexican for almost all of the combat.
The American narrowly missed his alternative to make historical past and grow to be the primary undisputed super-middleweight champion with the honour as an alternative handed to the Mexican.
Regardless of his 2021 not being all doom and gloom after beforehand defending his IBF title in opposition to Caleb Truax, the instant future is unsure for Plant.
He actually didn’t shame himself in defeat however is presently taking time away from the game as he plots his subsequent enterprise.
The most definitely choice for Plant is more likely to be at 160lbs the place he’s eager to make an eight-pound minimize to tackle WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo.
‘SweetHands’ has moved to name out the undefeated star on social media in latest weeks and is attempting to position himself in entrance of the likes of Demetrius Andrade for a shot.
David Benavidez may be an choice for Plant at super-middleweight the place he fought Alvarez with the winner trying to take the belts as soon as the Mexican’s future is obvious.
Any flight between Plant and Charlo might be simple to make with the pair having signed for Premier Boxing Champions.
This might be the calibre of combat he must relight his boxing profession and proceed the place he left off earlier than defeat.
4. Josh Warrington
2021 was a 12 months of frustration for the ‘Leeds Warrior’ after his 12 months of inactivity as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Warrington was left surprised after being brutally dismissed in a brutal beatdown to Mexican unknown Mauricio Lara who inflicted the primary defeat of his profession.
After reaching the heights of beating Carl Frampton and Child Galahad in his profession, Warrington was despatched into shock mode and wanted a right away revival.
Redemption gave the impression to be instantly again on the playing cards for Warrington who secured a rematch in entrance of a raucous house crowd in his house city.
Nonetheless after going toe-to-toe with the Mexican in entrance of a packed home, the combat took a disastrous flip for Warrington who was desperately attempting to power his approach into the ascendency.
Lara suffered a nasty minimize above his eye after a conflict of heads with the referee pressured to cease the competition in a technical draw, which has paused Warrington’s redemption path as soon as extra.
Time is a good healer for Warrington who has managed to safe a shot at changing into world champion in opposition to rugged Spaniard Kiko Martinez.
The ageing star has precipitated chaos for the main home stars within the division and brutally dismissed Galahad to steal his IBF strap earlier within the 12 months.
Warrington will now have a second shot at redeeming his loss in opposition to Martinez again in entrance of his come crowd on the First Direct Area in Leeds as soon as once more.
If he is ready to dethrone Martinez, it may maintain the important thing to lastly launching a bid to unify the division in opposition to the winner of Leigh Wooden’s tilt with Michael Conlan.
3. Deontay Wilder
Wilder can lastly put behind him his long-term trilogy rival Tyson Fury after one other brutal and damaging heavyweight basic led to a second defeat.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ got here so near the last word redemption scoring a double-knockdown of the retaining champion however he was unable to safe the stoppage he desired.
Wilder was dismissed within the penultimate spherical but in addition paid the worth struggling a damaged hand damage through the epic combat.
Regardless of being rewarded lucratively, Wilder now can be pressured to return to an area as a contender on the heavyweight scene and must regather himself to earn one other title shot.
A return for the American star is anticipated in spring offering he makes a full restoration and his coach Malik Scott has expressed his confidence in a successful return.
It’s doubtless Wilder’s opening assembly on his comeback path can be a tune-up combat with a view to safe a title shot of his personal later within the 12 months.
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He may additionally take an early tune-up combat to re-establish himself within the rankings to attempt to power any obligatory standing for the top of the saga between Usyk, Joshua and Fury.
Wilder has additionally spoken with fondness about going through both Joshua or his former conqueror Andy Ruiz on the finish of this 12 months in a bid to indicate he stays with the division’s largest names.
The 36-year-old’s damaging punch energy and epic battles with Fury will assist him little question redeem his previous demons and re-establish himself in the direction of the again finish of 2022.
Nonetheless he may but shock us all and dangle up his gloves for good after admitting that he has achieved all his plans within the sport.
An intriguing 12 months for any followers of the American star who’s more likely to face an unsure future within the sport.
2. Teofimo Lopez
After arguably probably the most unimaginable 12 months of his preventing profession Teofimo Lopez was on high of the world going into 2021.
He was topped because the ‘undisputed’ champion with a punch-perfect show in opposition to Vasyl Lomachenko and was prepared for the division’s largest names.
Initially Lopez plotted an lively 12 months which was delayed by purse bids in relation to his obligatory defence in opposition to Kambosos.
Nonetheless by the point the state of affairs was resolved by way of monetary phrases and negotiations, the combat was to be staged by Matchroom Boxing.
The combat ultimately occurred on the finish of November after Lopez was pressured to delay additional with coronavirus and solely then he may get within the ring.
But it surely all led to epic vogue with challenger Kambosos popping out and dragging Lopez right into a slug-fest which he managed to clinch on factors after scoring a knockdown early on.
Lopez was supplied a rematch by Kambosos after the combat however he was disillusioned by the defeat and has his eyes set on an alternate change to super-lightweight.
Nonetheless Lopez had already hinted within the combat week that his plan was to problem Josh Taylor and that’s more likely to be his main focus this 12 months.
It seems unlikely that any combat can happen this 12 months with Taylor first concerned in a delayed title defence in opposition to Jack Catterall.
The ‘Tartan Twister’ has additionally dominated out any combat with Lopez as their disagreement continues as an alternative doubtless to decide on to face welterweight star Terence Crawford.
Lopez may probably have to arrange an undisputed conflict by having an eliminator with the likes of Jose Ramirez or Catterall or he may select different tune-up fights to maintain busy and hope for Taylor’s belts to be vacated.
‘The Takeover’ has been halted however it’s more likely to be again on schedule by the top of the 12 months in a brand new weight-class with any title bid more likely to re-establish his title within the pound-for-pound rankings.
1. Anthony Joshua
Redemption is a process which is now all-too acquainted for Joshua after being pressured to avenge his defeat to Andy Ruiz in 2020.
The British star boxed his approach to victory in opposition to the Mexican to reclaim his belts and arrange a conflict with Tyson Fury down the road.
Nonetheless after lacking out on a summer time tilt with Fury for all of the marbles in a combat that was anticipated to be price over £100 million, he was pressured to take a tricky defence in opposition to Usyk.
A lot was made from Joshua’s strategy in to the combat coming in at a leaner weight in a bid to proceed to show his price as a slick and gifted boxer.
This strategy rapidly backfired on one of many largest phases of all of them in entrance of over 70,000 house followers in London on a basic event after the coronavirus shutdown.
Joshua discovered himself outclassed and outworked in a masterclass from the tough Ukrainian who confirmed resilience and technical skill within the face of doubt over his measurement and energy.
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‘AJ’ then missed the chance as soon as once more to face Fury with defeat and can now look to safe instant redemption in opposition to Usyk this 12 months.
A part of the Briton’s redemption plan is more likely to contain a brand new coach alongside present coach Rob McCracken who was closely criticised within the aftermath of the defeat.
That is anticipated to be introduced within the coming weeks regardless of uncertainty over the assure of his subsequent opponent.
Joshua has thought of stepping except for his looming rematch to permit rival Fury to conflict with Usyk for the undisputed titles with profitable provides on the desk.
Nonetheless if that is so, he’ll doubtless demand the winner of any undisputed conflict and will lastly get his shot at Fury if he is ready to prevail over Usyk.
2022 is more likely to be a giant 12 months for Joshua who will doubtless know his place within the heavyweight division as soon as once more by the top of all of the blue-riband drama.