By News Team
19th May 2020
Anticipation for grade-one boxing has never been at its highest among fight fans.
Across all divisions, there are no doubt some mouth-watering match-ups to be made.
We’ve narrowed it down to four of the best.
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury
In what is shaping up to be the greatest all-British fight of all time, Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury is the bout that is on every boxing fan’s lips.
With Deontay Wilder set to fight Fury in late 2020, and Joshua scheduled to fight mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in his next fight, we could yet wait another year before the two British heavyweight giants meet in the ring.
Nevertheless, priorities might change, with step-aside money being offered to both Wilder and Pulev. Should both agree to wait, WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua and WBC champion Fury could fight for the undisputed heavyweight title, a title no boxer has held in 20 years.
Who will come out on top? Fury’s classy front-foot performance against Wilder has certainly turned the heads of the bookies, who make the Mancunian favourite should this fight eventually take place.
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez Jr.
During his rise from top prospect to world champion, Teofimo Lopez Jr.’s story mirrors the rise of Vasiliy Lomachenko, largely due to the similarities drawn between the pair both being trained by their respective fathers.
Lopez Jr.’s stunning knockout victory of long-time IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey in his last bout was breathtaking and the young fighter might just be Lomachenko’s toughest task to date should they meet in this highly anticipated lightweight clash in 2021.
Lopez Jr. currently holds the IBF lightweight belt, the key to Lomachenko achieving the title of undisputed champion in the lightweight division. This fight promises fireworks.
Errol Spence Jr. vs Terence Crawford
Errol Spence Jr. vs Terence Crawford is a fight all true lovers of boxing are desperate to see in 2021. Two of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the planet – Spence Jr. is currently ranked sixth on The Ring’s list with Crawford two places ahead in fourth – a match-up between these two is arguably the best fight that could possibly be made in boxing today.
Fans, however, have so far been kept frustrated, with the American duo separated by different promotional entities, which has proved a stumbling block in talks for any future fight between WBC and IBF welterweight champion Spence Jr. and WBO welterweight champion Crawford.
Spence Jr. could first face Danny Garcia later this year, while Crawford may come up against Manny Pacquiao or Kell Brook. After that, though, the path could finally be clear for an all-time classic.
Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin III
Another clash boxing fans are desperate to see involving two of the planet’s greatest pound-for-pound boxers is the trilogy fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. With the first fight in 2017 ending in a controversial split draw and the follow-up in 2018 seeing Canelo come out on top, it’s all teed up for a dramatic third middleweight title fight.
It had looked like boxing fans were going to get their way when speculation emerged that the duo would renew their riveting rivalry later this year. However, Golovkin’s camp have since poured cold water on those reports, insisting that the Kazakh’s next fight will be against his IBF mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta.
WBA and WBC middleweight champion Canelo, meanwhile, has been touted with facing Billy Joe Saunders next, though neither Canelo nor Golovkin’s camps have yet denied that a trilogy fight between the duo could take place afterwards in 2021. We’ll keep our fingers crossed…