One of the best have to combat one of the best this yr and this is hoping the Wilder v Fury rematch occurs, with the winner combating AJ for the undisputed crown
Regardless of the very fact it was finally a constructive yr for boxing, 2018 nonetheless left a barely bitter style within the mouths of many followers of the game.
Loads of implausible fights, such because the rematch between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jorge Linares and Oleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev had been made within the 12 months, however others outrageously fell by the wayside.
Most notably, negotiations for an undisputed heavyweight title combat between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder collapsed, whereas mild heavyweight and welterweight unifications additionally struggled to return to fruition.
Beneath is talkSPORT.com’s checklist of seven sensible fights, that might *and will* be made in 2019.
1. Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury II (WBC Heavyweight Title)
The primary combat emerged from the ashes of failed Joshua v Wilder talks, and have become an instantaneous traditional. Tyson Fury outboxed Deontay Wilder for almost all, however was then knocked down twice. Ultimately, their bout was controversially dominated a draw and each males now declare they wish to see one another once more to settle the rating.
2. Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder/Tyson Fury (Undisputed Heavyweight Title)
Assuming Wilder and Fury meet once more, Anthony Joshua should combat the winner. The unified WBA, IBF and WBO champion has, on a number of events, declared his final objective is to choose up that elusive last WBC belt and turn into undisputed king. It’ll be on him to lastly make this dream a actuality after his two major rivals sq. off for a second time.
3. Dmitry Bivol vs Artur Beterbiev (WBA and IBF Mild-Heavyweight Titles)
These two power-punching Russian light-heavyweight champions might properly produce a high-level ‘Struggle of the Yr’ candidate when matched collectively. Each Bivol and Beterbiev come from well-schooled beginner backgrounds and have proven each technical means and knockout energy within the skilled ranks. Bivol is at present a US TV free agent, and so ought to be a key goal for Beterbiev’s community, DAZN.
4. Callum Smith vs James DeGale/Chris Eubank Jr (WBA Tremendous-Middleweight Title)
Whereas a fantasy situation would see both Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin journey to Anfield for a combat with Liverpool’s Callum Smith subsequent summer time, the reality is that that is extremely unlikely. A extra sensible, achievable objective can be to make an enormous, home super-middleweight showdown for Smith’s first defence, doubtlessly towards the winner of James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr if it occurs in February as anticipated.
5. Errol Spence vs Shawn Porter (IBF and WBC Welterweight Titles)
That is most likely a unification that ought to already be made for the beginning of subsequent yr, however Errol Spence has been matched with light-weight Mikey Garcia in March, whereas Shawn Porter defends his belt towards necessary challenger Yordenis Ugas every week prior. Assuming they each come by means of as deliberate, the 2 welterweight champions ought to unify subsequent. The dream bout at welterweight is in fact Spence towards Terence Crawford, although this sadly appears unrealistic for 2019, given their promotional/advisory/broadcaster disparities.
6. Oscar Valdez vs Josh Warrington (WBO and IBF Featherweight Titles)
Josh Warrington staged a one-man takeover of the British featherweight scene in 2018, as he beat each Lee Selby and Carl Frampton as underdog to finish the yr as IBF champion. Now, he should look to tackle the world stage, with Mexico’s Oscar Valdez having already declared his willingness to welcome the Leeds man stateside.
7. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Jerwin Ancajas (WBC and IBF Tremendous-Flyweight Titles)
Whereas these two names might not be probably the most acquainted to your common boxing fan, those that know the game inside out might be foaming on the mouth simply eager about the prospect of this unification. Thailand’s relentless, hard-punching WBC super-flyweight king Srisaket Sor Rungvisai has already overwhelmed high names equivalent to Roman Gonzalez and Juan Estrada, whereas Filipino Jerwin Ancajas appears to be like to have all of the instruments, however has not but been examined at that degree. It’s time to search out out if he could make the bounce to elite class.