2019 has been a memorable year so far, full of upsets and comebacks. As we reach the final months of the year, it’s time to review who the best fighters in boxing are. Who has cracked our pound-for-pound list ? Let’s see.
On Saturday, September 28th, IBF Welterweight Champ Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (25-0, 21KOs) will clash with WBC Welterweight Champ Shawn “Showtime” Porter (30-2-1, 17KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This should be a blockbuster fight.
Most cases point to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs), Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1-0, 10 KOs), and Terence Crawford (35-0-0, 26 KOs) as the top 3 (in no particular order). Let’s take a look at each boxer to see how they stack up…
When Amir Khan won silver in the 2004 Olympic games at the age of 17, many touted him as the next big thing. For his first 18 fights, Khan was proving just that. He was quickly becoming a sensation in his native U.K., but that all came crashing down when he faced his first major test against then-undefeated, Breidis Prescott in 2008.
So it has been a few days since we saw two world champions and contenders in highly anticipated fights, all of which ended in clear one-sided victories. Now that the adrenaline and expectations of the fans has subsided and the dust has settled, lets take a look back on one of boxing’s most anticipated weekends so far in 2019.
Should Crawford get past Khan this Saturday, he will have many options that he could face (barring boxing politics). But just how far can he go, what is his ceiling? If he maximizes his potential, where will that leave him?
On Saturday, April 20, at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, Terence “Bud” Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) will defend his WBO welterweight title for the 2nd time since beating Jeff Horn in 2018. He will be fighting Amir “King” Khan (33-4, 20 KOs).
Next up for Khan is the fighter many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and boy what an upset would it be if Khan could pull it off…
Should these two fighters meet, it would be the most anticipated fight in a long time and we would have the chance to see the absolute two best welterweights on the planet share the ring. These two have risen to the top, and pundits would undoubtedly be split about who would win. This is as 50/50 as a fight gets.
With that feather in his cap, Spence strengthened his position as the best welterweight on the planet, but where does he rank in the pound-for- pound list ? Does he crack the top 5 ? Lets see.
Can Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) really hang with the top welterweights? He has fought top and mid-level welterweights within the division but the results have not been very convincing. Last nights display against Yordenis Ugas (23-4, 11 KOs) was far from convincing and many had him losing the fight including the Fox TV broadcasters.
This Saturday marks the long awaited return of WBA (Super) Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (28-0 22 KOs). He will be fighting Josesito Lopez (36-7 19 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. This is supposed to be a tune up fight for Thurman, who hasn’t been in the ring since March of 2017 due to injuries.
On Saturday, January 26, 2019 Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) will face Josesito “The Riverside Rocky” Lopez (36-7, 19 KOs). Anything can happen in boxing. Although Keith Thurman is the heavy favorite we can’t say he’ll win.
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!
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 in 2019 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!