2018 has been an incredible year for boxing so far and it’s setting boxing fans up for what could be the “Year of the Unification” in 2019. There are 5 mega-fights that could take place across, the heavyweight, welterweight, lightweight and super welterweight divisions. Here are the 5 fights that every boxing fan REALLY (and I mean REALLY) wants to see!
Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua
Dubbed by Eightcount.TV as “The Second Revolutionary War”, boxing fans worldwide want to see the two undefeated heavyweights – one from The United States of America (Wilder) and the other from United Kingdom (Joshua) – face off in the squared circle. Undefeated Wilder, (40-0-0, 39 KOs) is coming off of a 10th round TKO victory over Luis Ortiz. He is set defend his WBC Title against Tyson Fury, on December 1st in Los Angeles. Similarly, Joshua’s (22-0-0, 21 KOs) last fight ended in a TKO victory over Alexander Povetkin at the end of September. Both fighters and their promoters have been going back and forth on social media and at the negotiation table, jockeying for A-side vs B-side and paycheck amounts.
Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr.
Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (24-0-0, 21 KOs) may be boxing’s most feared fighter today. But Terence “T-Bud” Crawford (34-0-0, 25 KOs) could be the fighter that threatens that moniker the most….and boxing fans are DYING for this fight to happen! Both undefeated welterweights possess all the tools – skills, power and incredibly high boxing IQ. After unifying the Super Lightweight Division at the end of 2017, T-Bud moved up to welterweight and immediately became the WBO champion after defeating Joe Horn in June, 2018. This past weekend, he successfully defended his title against formidable welterweight challenger Jose Benavidez Jr., winning by TKO with :10 seconds remaining in the twelfth and final round. Spence Jr. hasn’t fought since June, when he defeated Carlos Ocampo by KO. However, don’t expect this fight to happen until the end of 2019 at the earliest. While Bob Arum has said that he is ready to make the fight happen now, Al Haymon may be thinking differently as he has three of the four welterweight champions signed to PBC and having those title holders fight amongst each other before doing a Top Rank – PBC collaboration would ultimately yield him the most money.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin III
After two clashes between Saul Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) overall boxing fan sentiment seems to have Golovkin ahead 2-0, despite the first fight ending in a majority draw and the second fight going to Canelo by majority decision. Both fights could have gone either way, so a third fight is definitely necessary to give fight fans another chance at determining decisively who the better fighter is. In the meant time, before we see the third installment of the GGG-Canelo trilogy, both fighters will take on different opponents. Canelo will be fighting against relatively unknown Brit Rocky Fielding, for Fielding’s WBA World Super Middleweight Title at Madison Square Garden, New York in December. Golovkin has yet to announce his next opponent.
Vasyl Lomanchenko vs. Mikey Garcia
Many regard Vasily Lomachenko (11-1-0, 9 KO’s) as the best fighter pound-for-pound. In my opinion, it’s hard to give him that distinction with only twelve professional fights under his belt (no pun intended). With that said, Loma is undoubtedly a special fighter. He has once-in-a-generation talent that will certainly land him in the Boxing Hall of Fame some day. After destroying Guillermo Rigondeaux, who failed to come out of his corner after the 6th round), and then bouncing back from an early knockdown against Jorge Linares to get the TKO in the 10th round fans want to see Vasily step and fight Mikey Garcia. Mikey (39-0-0, 30 KOs) is coming off of three convincing unanimous decision victories over the likes of Adrien Broner, Sergey Lipinets and Robert Easter Jr. Mikey owns both the WBC and IBF Lightweight Titles and many think could push Loma, who owns the WBA Lightweight Title, to the limit by exerting his size advantage and elite boxing skills over him.
Jermell Charlo vs. Jarrett Hurd
Jarrett “Swift” Hurd (22-0-0, 15 KOs) is probably the least talented fighter on this list, but he has the heart of a lion and that’s exactly what fellow super welterweight Jermell Charlo (31-0-0, 15 KOs) call himself. #LionsOnly. With both fighters holding the WBC, WBA, IBF, and IBO belts between them (Jamie Munguia holds the WBO), a fight between these two undefeated stars would be fireworks. Hurd brings an awkward, no technical, brawler style of fighting, while Charlo is fundamentally sound, athletically gifted and possesses power in both hands. Fight fans would love to see Al Haymon stick both of these lions in a cage and let them fight to the finish.
Other Honorable Mention Fights:
- Gennady Golovkin vs. Jermall Charlo
- Gervonta Davis vs. Vasily Lomachenko
- Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs
- Jermall Charlo vs. Daniel Jacobs