Boxing: Five Fights That Need To Happen In 2019
Boxing is booming. A sport which was carried on the back of Floyd Mayweather in terms of mainstream relevance is now the topic of much discussion across the world.
That can be directly linked to the renaissance of the heavyweight division – the premier weight class in boxing. It’s the division which entices the casual fan the most, and we now have a few players making a name for themselves at the top table.
Anthony Joshua is the current king of the heavyweight and arguably the biggest star in world boxing, though he’s currently being taunted by rivals Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Elsewhere, Saul Canelo Alvarez signed the biggest deal in sports history with streaming service DAZN with the unified middleweight world champions gearing up for a big 2019.
Below, we take a look at the fights that need to happen.
5) Terrance Crawford vs Errol Spence
It’s the welterweight clash the world wants to see and it’s being hindered by network politics. Network politics is what caused Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to ignore each other for years.
Funnily enough, the same two promoters are involved in this case with their respective deals hindering the big facts.
Bob Arum is with ESPN and has Crawford under his wing while Spence is under the tutelage of Al Haymon and Showtime. Both are world champions and given the absence of governing bodies being able to order the fight, it’s up to both parties to come to an agreement.
4) Vasyl Lomachenko vs Mikey Garcia
Mikey Garcia is currently preparing to be great as he jumps two weight-classes in an attempt to hand Spence his first defeat – and it’s a task many feel is just too ambitious.
Nobody doubts Garcia’s skills, but it’s the size difference which is causing concern.
Therefore, the fight many had hoped would be made was a unification fight against arguably the best fighter in the world – Lomachenko. The Ukrainian has sent pulses racing with his performances and despite only having 13 professional fights with a defeat on his record, many consider him the best fighter in the game.
3) Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury
It would be a fight that could literally pause a nation – Joshua vs Fury has to happen in 2019. Despite Fury’s campaign to try and convince the public that he’s been consistently ducked by Joshua, the truth is the fight hasn’t been there to make in the past few years.
Fury experienced some personal problems and failed a few drugs tests, causing him to lose his license and be absent from the sport for almost three years.
In that time, Joshua has become a national icon and arguably the most recognisable figure in boxing. The unified world champion also currently holds previously secured by Fury and in the latter’s case, he never lost his belt in the ring.
According to the trusted Ring Magazine rankings, Joshua and Fury are the two best heavyweights in the world – and a bout between the two would undoubtedly see the ring magazine belt also placed up for grabs.
2) Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs
Canelo is the face of world boxing at the moment following his earth-shattering deal with OTT service DAZN who handed the Mexican star a five-year, 11 fight contract worth a minimum of $365million.
After back-to-back clashes against Gennady Golovkin in which Canelo produced a stunning display in the rematch to clinch a win – he’s solidified his status in the game.
While some are hoping for a trilogy, there is another middleweight contender who deserves his shot at the big time – Daniel Jacobs. The man dubbed ‘The Miracle Man’ after returning to clinch the world title following a bout of leukaemia, Jacobs is a star.
He suffered what many felt was an unjust defeat to Golovkin in 2017 and is looking at another big shot.
1)Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder
It’s the mother of all fights. Despite Wilder’s poor display against Fury in which he was lucky to keep hold of his WBC belt, the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world is still on.
Very rarely are such fights able to be made and when it’s between two giants, who’ve been knocking out nearly everyone in their way, it really needs to be done.
Negotiations have been protracted and the two camps are now at odds, but that only adds to the fight.