2019 Boxing: The Ultimate Fights To Watch Out For

by Jack Towers
6th Jan 2019

Well, what a time it is for Callum Smith. After a terrific win against George Groves, all of a sudden, he is being linked with the biggest names in boxing. GGG, Canelo and Andre Ward have all been linked with the WBA and The Ring Super-Middleweight Champion. Anfield is the dream for Smith in a big fight, but there is also the possibility of the April 13th Wembley date if Anthony Joshua decides to fight in America. A fight, however, against GGG would be a great one to see. Whether GGG will be willing to step up is another question, but if he is made to wait for a Canelo trilogy, then what has he got to lose.

After two unbelievable fights, who would not want to see this for a third time. Two fights and two controversial decisions, you just feel a third one is needed to well and truly settle it. The question is, of course, what does GGG have left? But one thing for certain is that you know he would throw the kitchen sink at it for a final hurrah.

One that fans have been somewhat divided on in recent weeks is where Khan should go next. There is obviously, as ever, big talk of Khan facing Kell Brook. Although I am sure that I cannot be the only one who is completely and utterly bored of the Khan-Brook saga. It is not 2013 anymore and this is a fight that should have happened then and not now. If Khan wants any kind of legacy he will fight Crawford and give his all to win a final World Title. If he is money-driven, then of course he will fight Brook. But what does that fight really do for Khan? He will be belittled for losing and gains nothing but a small amount of public respect for winning. The best option: Khan has to face Crawford and just give everything to win a World Title for the last time.

I’m not going to lie, this whole Joshua-Wilder saga is incredibly boring now. If we are talking sensibly, we must conclude this fight isn’t happening for a long time. It should have happened last year, but it didn’t, and now it is just becoming silly. Wilder lost a lot of value for his performance against Tyson Fury, but for sheer curiosity this is one the fans need to see. Moreover, how big would a fight against Tyson Fury be if AJ was undisputed Heavyweight Champion.

If the Wilder fight becomes a lost cause, there is no doubt this is the only other fight we want to see in the heavyweight division. It could easily be the biggest ever fight in British boxing history and the sheer build-up would be something else.

Joshua out the equation, most boxing fans want to see this again. 99% of people know Tyson won the first fight and it would be great for boxing to see Fury finally beat the WBC champion. We all know Joshua will be fighting either Jarrell Miller or Dillian Whyte next, which is why this makes sense.

I really don’t know how fans can still be so patient with Yarde. After every fight, he gives the same old story: that he still learning and is in no rush to step up. Well, how long does that take? Forever, it seems. We’ve seen enough of Yarde fighting walkovers and this is definitely a fight a lot of fans want to see. Joshua Buatsi himself needs to step up too, but has had half the fights Yarde has and a domestic dust-up between the two would be a great watch.

There are many other things on my wishlist for boxing this year, such as no more clashes and no more drug cheats. Unfortunately, I’m not a miracle worker. Other fights I’d love to see are Lomachencko-Garcia and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai-Kal Yafai. Then we have Dillian Whyte. Poor old Whyte has done more than enough to get a World Title shot, but even if he gets one against AJ, people will scrutinise it because everyone wants to see AJ against Wilder or Fury. Hopefully, if he can’t get the AJ fight, he can get a big fight against Fury or Wilder, or even Luis Ortiz. 

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