The most effective must combat the very best this 12 months
Regardless of the very fact it was finally a positive year for the sport, 2018 nonetheless left a barely bitter style within the mouths of many boxing followers.
Loads of improbable fights similar to Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin II, Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jorge Linares and Oleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev have been made inside the twelve month calendar, however others outrageously fell by the wayside.
Most notably, negotiations for an undisputed heavyweight title combat between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder collapsed, whereas light-heavyweight and welterweight unifications additionally struggled to make it to fruition.
Under is our record of seven real looking fights, that might *and may* be made in 2019.
1. Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury II (WBC Heavyweight Title)
The first fight emerged out of the ashes of the failed Joshua v Wilder talks, and became an instant classic. Tyson Fury outboxed Deontay Wilder for the majority, but was then knocked down twice. In the end, their bout was controversially ruled a draw and both men now claim they want to see each other again to settle the score.
2. Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder/Tyson Fury (Undisputed Heavyweight Title)
Assuming Wilder and Fury meet once more, Anthony Joshua should combat the winner. The unified WBA, IBF and WBO champion has declared on a number of events that his final aim is to choose up that elusive ultimate WBC belt and turn into undisputed king. It’ll be on him to lastly make this dream a actuality after his two foremost rivals sq. off for a second time.
3. Dmitry Bivol vs Artur Beterbiev (WBA and IBF Gentle-Heavyweight Titles)
These two power-punching Russian light-heavyweight champions might effectively produce a high-level ‘Struggle of the Yr’ candidate when matched collectively. Each Bivol and Beterbiev come from well-schooled newbie backgrounds and have proven each technical skill and knockout energy within the skilled ranks. Bivol is presently a US TV free agent, and so must be a key goal for Beterbiev’s community, DAZN.
4. Callum Smith vs James DeGale/Chris Eubank Jr (WBA Tremendous-Middleweight Title)
Whereas a fantasy situation would see both Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin journey to Anfield for a combat with Liverpool’s Callum Smith subsequent summer season, the reality is that that is extremely unlikely. A extra real looking, achievable aim could be to make a giant, home super-middleweight showdown for Smith’s first defence, doubtlessly towards the winner of James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr if it occurs in February as anticipated.
5. Errol Spence vs Shawn Porter (IBF and WBC Welterweight Titles)
That is most likely a unification that ought to already be made for the beginning of subsequent 12 months, however Errol Spence has been matched with light-weight Mikey Garcia in March, whereas Shawn Porter defends his belt towards necessary challenger Yordenis Ugas every week prior. Assuming they each come by as deliberate, the 2 welterweight champions ought to unify subsequent. The dream bout at welterweight is in fact Spence towards Terence Crawford, although this sadly appears unrealistic for 2019, given their promotional/advisory/broadcaster disparities.
6. Oscar Valdez vs Josh Warrington (WBO and IBF Featherweight Titles)
Josh Warrington staged a one-man takeover of the British featherweight scene in 2018, as he beat each Lee Selby and Carl Frampton as underdog to finish the 12 months as IBF champion. Now, he should look to tackle the world stage, with Mexico’s Oscar Valdez having already declared his willingness to welcome the Leeds man stateside.
7. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Jerwin Ancajas (WBC and IBF Tremendous-Flyweight Titles)
Whereas these two names is probably not essentially the most acquainted to your common boxing fan, those that know the game inside out can be foaming on the mouth simply interested by the prospect of this unification. Thailand’s relentless, hard-punching WBC super-flyweight king Srisaket Sor Rungvisai has already overwhelmed high names similar to Roman Gonzalez and Juan Estrada, whereas Filipino Jerwin Ancajas appears to have all of the instruments, however has not but been examined at that stage. It’s time to search out out if he could make the bounce to elite class.