Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! What better way to kick off a new year of boxing than to post our 2019 Wish List. The world of boxing is buzzing with competitive trash talk and intrigue, as there are an abundance of interesting fights that have yet to take place. We’ve captured our Top 5 wishes for boxing this year and threw in a few honorable mentions as well. Enjoy!
Errol “The Truth’ Spence Jr. vs Terence “Bud’ Crawford / Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman
We’d gladly take either one of these fights. Errol Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KOs) has steamrolled his way through the 147 pound ranks but we want to see him fight the top tier of the division, which seems to be avoiding him at all costs – Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) in particular. Thurman has been inactive for almost two years now and takes on Josesito Lopez (36-7, 19 KOs) on January 26th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be nice to see him shake off the ring rust. Frankly, it’s surprising that Thurman wasn’t stripped of his WBA title after such a lengthy period of inactivity. Him having a title keeps future fight possibilities interesting.
Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) is another top name in the welterweight division. He cleaned out both the lightweight and super lightweight divisions, unifying the titles in the super welterweight division after defeating Julius Indongo (22-2, 11 KOs). However, he hasn’t really fought any top tier quality opponents since defeating Viktor Postol (30-2, 12 KOs) (I do not consider Jeff Horn to be top tier). We would love to see him against the best at 147 pounds, and who better than Errol Spence Jr.? Both fights have the potential to be action packed, especially Spence Jr. versus Thurman. I think Spence Jr. versus Thurman is the more likely fight to be made as they both fight on Premier Boxing Champions and are promoted by Al Haymon.
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury II
The first fight between Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) and Tyson ‘Gypsy King’ Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) was amazing, but unfortunately ruined by a terrible decision. Many feel Tyson Fury was robbed, despite being knocked down twice in the fight. We scored the fight 115-111 for Fury. He out boxed Wilder the entire fight. He got caught showboating at the end of the fight and took a 1-2 combo that many thought was the end of the fight. To our dismay, and probably everyone else watching the fight, he beat the 10 count and finished the round as if he was never touched. His performance was very impressive considering he had a long layoff, dealt with drug addiction and battled other personal issues. In a potential rematch, it will be interesting to see if Wilder can make the necessary adjustments to avoid being out boxed by Fury who did so in a dominant fashion. I wonder if he’ll be able to follow the game plan all the way through or if he will get impatient again and disregard it. This fight must happen, and it should take place by June or July at the latest, with the winner facing Anthony Joshua in a November or December.
Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs
Many people want to see a third Saul Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) vs Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) and it will happen, but first Canelo has to fight Danny ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs). Outside of GGG, these are arguably the top two middleweights in the world. Canelo recently signed a deal with Eddie Hearn and DAZN. Jacobs previously had a deal with Hearn when he was signed with HBO, and has stated he will only stay with Hearn if he gets a shot at Canelo. He definitely deserves it. Jacobs is the naturally bigger of the two fighters, and he went toe-to-toe with GGG early in 2017. He fought a very good fight, despite losing a razor thin decision that many felt was decided by a knockdown that GGG scored in the 4th round of their match. As we all know, Canelo fought GGG twice with the first fight ending in a controversial draw (many felt GGG won). In the second fight Canelo scored a razor thin victory over GGG. If Canelo were to defeat Jacobs decisively, he would silence most of his doubters or at least solidify his resume at 160 pounds. Moreover, he would inch even closer to unifying the middleweight division.
Vasyl Lomachenko vs Mikey Garcia
Vasyl ‘Hi Tec’ Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) versus Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) is a dream match-up that so many fans want to see. However, there’s a slim chance the fight happens because of boxing politics. Mikey Garcia is the only real challenge for Lomachenko at 135 pounds right now. He is bigger and stronger than Lomachenko, who is slicker, super technical, and has better footwork. It would also be for the undisputed lightweight crown. Because of promotional differences, and some bitter history between Garcia and Top Rank Promotions, this fight is unlikely to take place. Boxing fans can dream though.
Leo Santa Cruz vs Gary Russell Jr.
Two featherweight champions – Leo ‘El Terremoto’ Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KOs) has expressed his interest in this match-up. Gary Russell Jr. (29-1, 17 KOs) needs the exposure. It’s a fun match-up stylistically speaking. Russell is faster and slightly more skilled, but not as active as Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz has very good defense, applies lots of pressure with his high volume of punches, and he has very good timing. Russell Jr. should outbox him, but if Santa Cruz is able to time Russell Jr. and counter effectively, then he will be victorious. This fight has a decent chance of happening. Leo Santa Cruz needs to let Al Haymon know how important the fight is to him and hopefully they make it happen.
- Usyk move up to heavyweight
- Josh Warrington vs. Oscar Valdez
- Gennady “GGG” Golovkin move up to super middleweight
- Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Gervonta Davis
- Naoya Inoue vs. Luis Nery
- Jermell Charlo vs. Jarrett Hurd