Boxing has overcome the global pandemic via unanimous decision in 2022.
May 5 was perhaps the biggest outcome of the year though as Canelo Alvarez tasted defeat to Dmitry Bivol for the WBA light heavyweight title.
The Mexican was outpointed and all three judges scored it 115-113 in favour of Bivol to inflict the second defeat of Canelo's career.
The four-division world champion returned to the ring in September to beat Gennadiy Golovkin to wrap up their triology and retain his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring super middleweight titles.
Elsewhere, fans were treated to the 'Biggest Female Fight in History' between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano with the former coming out on top via split-decision.
Taylor successfully defended her world lightweight titles for a seventh time against Karen Carabajal in October.
Fury crushes Whyte
Tyson Fury continued to prove his worth as an all-time heavyweight great with victory over Dillian Whyte in April.
The Gypsy King dominated proceedings, forcing a stoppage in round six with a brutal right uppercut to the chin of his Brixton opponent.
The Fury circus then ramped up a gear as he made noises about 'retirement', called out a range of opponents via social media, saw talks over a domestic showdown with Anthony Joshua fail and eventually settled on another bout with old foe Derek Chisora on December 3, who he stopped in round 10.
In August, Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his heavyweight belts in his rematch with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.
Planet Sport provides the important upcoming bouts for this year.
Josh Warrington vs Luis Alberto Lopez (IBF featherweight title) - Leeds, UK
Terence Crawford vs David Avanesyan (WBO welterweight world title)
Naoya Inoue vs Paul Butler (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO Bantamweight World Titles) - Tokyo, Japan
Dan Azeez vs Rocky Fielding (British light-heavyweight title)
Kazuto Ioka vs Joshua Franco (WBA and WBO super-flyweight world titles)