Fights which truly represent the best boxing has to offer
1. Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder
Heavyweights still matter. For many fans Joshua-Wilder would be top of the list.
We predict Anthony Joshua will suffer the first loss of his professional career in 2019. He has grown increasingly vulnerable with his chin and an overall defence lacking.
Wilder and Fury battled to a controversial draw on 1st December which resulted in a draw. So, while a second fight seems imperative, Joshua-Wilder would be a matchup between prime, unbeaten champions. The first four-belt undisputed heavyweight champion would be crowned if such a fight were to take place.
2. Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin III
Last year Saul Canelo Alvarez claimed a majority decision victory over Gennady Golovkin in the most talked about fight in the US in 2018. The Mexican took the No1 middleweight world title spot in what he proved to be a compelling back-and-forth struggle against Kazakh.
Given the closeness of the contest and the matchup of styles, there is every reason to believe the two elite fighters may yet agree to have a third fight. It may come down to whether Golovkin is willing to put himself through it again.
At 36, Golovkin only has a few prime-earning years left. GGG’s best path to victory likely comes as a seek-and-destroyer who is willing to throw caution to the wind and rely on his iron chin to out-slug Alvarez in a modern day Marvin Hagler-Thomas Hearns affair.
3. Jarrett Hurd vs Jaime Munguia
Jarrett Hurd has staked his claim as the best 154-pounder on the planet based on his victory over Austin Trout in 2018, followed by his unification victory over Erislandy Lara. His April victory gave him possession of both the IBF and WBA belts.
Hurd is one of the most crowd-pleasing fighters around. Just as well, Munguia burst onto the scene in May 2018 and has an incredibly productive year.
Munguia came in as a late sub for Liam Smith and bludgeoned Sadam Ali for the WBO strap, he made two more title defences and fought five times in total.
Munguia is poised to be the next popular Mexican fighter with his aggressive and dominant style.
It would be a fight that doesn’t come around very often, a true demolition derby.