Some Potentially Interesting Matchups for 2019
In a recent post, we discussed some of the best and most meaningful fights that took place in 2018. The sport shifts every year due to the wins and losses that take place from prizefighters every year.
As we come into 2019, the sport of boxing still has a plethora of superstars and emerging champions that help get fans excited about all the potential matchups that could happen between them. Here’s looking at a list of some fights that could be worth waiting for this year.
Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr. or Keith Thurman
This may be another breakout year for WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford. Crawford appears to be lined up with an April 20 date vs. British superstar Amir Khan, and if he were to win that fight, the demand from the public for a bigger showdown would be huge. Surely there is nobody better suited than a fellow undefeated champion, like the likes of Spence (IBF) and Thurman (WBA). But each man has fights of their own to get past first; Spence vs. Mikey Garcia on March 16th
and Thurman vs. Josesito Lopez on January 26th.
Floyd Mayweather vs. A Dangerous Opponent
When Floyd Mayweather returned to the ring and fought this year, it was an exhibition vs. Undersized Tenshin Nasukawa. The results were one-sided, with Mayweather scoring a first round TKO after three knockdowns. The fight was an exhibition, but what about Mayweather vs. A real live opponent? Mayweather vs. the Pacquiao vs. Broner fight, set for January 19th in Las Vegas, makes sense.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was in some memorable fights in 2018, first overcoming Luis Ortiz in March and then settling for a split-draw vs. Tyson Fury in December. Now, Wilder is surely looking for another big year. Logic says either a rematch with Fury, or a showdown with Joshua (IBF/WBA/WBO champion) makes sense.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith
Canelo showed his worth on December 15, blasting out former champion Rocky Fielding the capture a version of the “WBA” super middleweight title. But with uncertainty about his return on May 5, and a date in September also available, maybe he could test himself more vs. the real WBA champion, undefeated Callum Smith.
Gervonta Davis vs. Vasyl Lomachenko
Two of the most talented champions in the sport, who are just one weight class away from one another. Lomachenko’s stock continued to rise in 2018, yet he showed he was human, first getting knocked down by Jorge Linares and later having to dig down to beat Jose Pedraza. Davis scorched Jesus Cuellar in three rounds an in April and is returning on February 9th to face Abner Mares. The edge in power lies with Davis, but Lomachenko has great skills. It’s a must-see for the fans.
Dmitry Bivol vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk
There are some great, quality champions at 175 pounds and this may be the best matchup between all of them. Gvozdyk has a vast arsenal of skills and showed his mettle in knocking out Adonis Stevenson in a rugged fight in December. Bivol has shown himself to be a class above most at 175 pounds, but a few uneven performances have left us wondering how great he really is. Seeing this fight could answer a lot about who the division’s top dog is.
Maurice Hooker vs. Jorge Linares
This fight has action written all over it. Hooker is on the rise, coming off of a huge 2018 in which he upset Terry Flanagan to capture the WBO junior welterweight title and later rose from a knockdown to stop previously unbeaten Alex Saucedo. Linares gave Vasyl Lomachenko all he could handle before getting stopped late, and his following fight showed that he can still pack a punch at 140 pounds, as he stopped Abner Cotto in in three. A young champion on the rise vs. a proven former three-division champion looking for a belt in a fourth class.
Jarrell Miller vs. Dillian Whyte
There is talk of either of these two men facing off with WBA, WBO, IBF champion Anthony Joshua, but who wouldn’t want to see them face one another first? Miller has been staying busy and talking plenty of trash towards the whole division. White is coming off of a sensational knockout over Dereck Chisora in their rematch. It’s an even type of matchup that would make for great viewing.
Gennady Golovkin vs. Demetrius Andrade
The sport is on the edge of its seat waiting for an announcement about the return of Gennady Golovkin and what network he will sign with. If he does sign with DAZN, there is an option to face Canelo Alvarez in a third fight, but what about another DAZN fighter, WBO champion Demetrius Andrade? Andrade has the skills and experience and has been seeking a big fight himself. It’s also an interesting clash of styles.