Top Five Boxing Matches On Paper in 2019


By James Connolly

2018 was a big year for boxing, with a plethora of great action in the ring, a colossal shakeup of the sport’s broadcasting deals and the continued emergence of new superstars to fill the void left by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

But with this year in full swing, how can boxing continue to prosper in 2019? Here’s our pick of the top five potential fights this year:

Errol Spence vs. Terence Crawford

The welterweight division has always been one of the most stacked in the sport and the history of the 147 lb weight class is littered with some of boxing’s most iconic champions.

There should always be a huge welterweight clash just around the corner, but with current WBA belt holder Keith Thurman yet to return to the ring from a prolonged absence.

Thurman hasn’t fought since beating Danny Garcia in March 2017 – the best fight that can currently be made is between the division’s two other unbeaten champions; IBF ruler Errol Spence Jr and WBO king Terence Crawford.

Spence (24-0, 21 KO’s) is one of the most feared men in boxing and is riding a streak of eleven straight knockouts, including two defenses of the IBF title he ripped from Kell Brook. Crawford (34-0, 25 KO’s) became a three-weight world champion with his stoppage of Jeff Horn last year.

It’s a match-up that makes complete sense and it could happen in 2019, but what ultimately materializes in boxing doesn’t always make sense. Currently, Spence is instead being linked with a fight against lightweight title holder Mikey Garcia…

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Mikey Garcia

Garcia (39-0, 30 KO’s) is a four-weight world champion that until recently held both the IBF and WBC lightweight titles, but has now vacated the IBF belt amidst talk he may jump two weight divisions to take on Spence in early 2019.

The 30-year-old boxer-puncher is clearly unsure of which route to take however as he remains the WBC belt holder at the weight, being under less pressure from that sanctioning body to make a decision on his future.

Meanwhile, the fight that Garcia should take is at his current weight class, with Ukrainian technician Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KO’s) residing as the WBA champion and the man viewed by many as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.

Instead of Spence-Garcia, what we should get is Crawford-Spence and Garcia-Lomachenko.

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Gervonta Davis

After Lomachenko returned to the ring triumphantly against Jose Pedraza on December 8th, if he can’t land Garcia this year, the best fight for Loma will be a clash with super-featherweight puncher Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.

Davis (20-0, 19 KO’s) may first take a unification bout with Tevin Farmer at 130 lbs, but his move up to lightweight at some point is inevitable and with the carrot of big-money Lomachenko fight, that could happen in the next twelve months.

Canelo vs. Danny Jacobs

After winning his middleweight rematch against Gennady Golovkin in September (under controversial circumstances) Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KO’s) signed a record-breaking 11 fight deal with new streaming site DAZN that will net the Mexican $365 million over the next 5 years.

Also signed to DAZN is Danny Jacobs (35-2, 29 KO’s) who won the IBF middleweight title in October beating Serhiy Derevyanchenko. If there’s one fan-friendly fight that made sense for DAZN in 2019, this is it.

Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder

But the fight that all boxing fans want to see this year is the settling of the score between the big boys, a heavyweight unification bout for all four belts between Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KO’S) and Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KO’s).

Joshua holds the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles, whilst Wilder retained the WBC heavyweight title over Tyson Fury after split draw.

Interestingly, Joshua is a 1/2 favorite to beat Wilder on should the fight get made this year.

The transatlantic tussle between the American knockout artist and the Olympic Gold medallist is certainly the most mouth-watering clash that can be made in 2019.

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