2019 is already underway and the ‘Sweet Science’ promises another incredible year. It’s a great time to be a boxing fan with so many salivating matchups on the horizon. There’s just a lot to see and witness in the sport this year.
People love to witness action-packed bouts and crazy finishes. Some of the most popular boxers today sport fan-friendly styles that can produce highlight-reel epics on any given night. That being said, there are a handful of bouts that fans would love to see.
Boxing’s biggest names are out in full force. But if there’s one thing about boxing that fans have a gripe with, it’s that there is just too much politics. Oftentimes, the fans don’t get to see the best fighting the best, for whatever roadblock or reason. Let’s hope that changes this year.
In light of this, there are a handful of fights the hardcore boxing fan wants to see. We’ve come up with a short list of fights that gets fans salivating at the thought.
Let’s explore some of those fights. Today, Evolve Daily shares five boxing matches fans want to see in 2019.
1) Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Juan Francisco Estrada II
This one is a no-brainer. When they first met, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada put together an absolute classic, with the Thai warrior narrowly coming away with a close majority decision. The rematch should live up to the same hype, as they are considered the two best 115-pounders in boxing.
Both Srisaket and Estrada are come-forward fighters who don’t know how to back down, and they both have great chins and punching power. The rematch should be another treat for hardcore fans and casuals alike.
Expect another barnburner, with both men in the phone booth swinging their mallets. This one is for the action purist.
2) Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao II
We can understand the resistance, but let’s be honest. Do we really not want to see these two fight again?
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are two men who represent everything we love about the sport. For those who love explosive firepower and knockouts, choose Pacquiao. Those who appreciate the artistry of pugilism, choose Mayweather.
Yes, they are older now, and another fight between them won’t mean a thing in the grand scheme of things. But Pacquiao’s bum shoulder in the first bout was real and it did hamper his performance. The rematch should be much more exciting.
With how good Pacquiao looked against Broner just a week ago, it’s safe to say he still has enough left in the tank for another run at “Money May”.
3) Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin III
Yes, after two bouts and 24 full rounds between them, we still don’t really know who is better.
The first bout ended in a controversial draw, but one that most fans felt Gennady Golovkin won. The second one was much clearer in favor of Alvarez, which ended in a Majority Decision for the Mexican.
A third bout will likely give us the same close scrap as the first two, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. These two guys are relentless and there is no boring round between them. If you consider yourself a boxing fan, then you probably want — no, you NEED — to see Canelo vs GGG 3. You just have to see them fight as many times as it takes to produce a clear winner.
Juan Manuel Marquez had four tries to beat Manny Pacquiao until he finally knocked him out. Let’s give both Alvarez and Golovkin a chance to do the same.
4) Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr (or Mikey Garcia)
Terence Crawford is arguably the top pound-for-pound boxer today, and his reputation certainly precedes him. Errol Spence Jr., who faces Mikey Garcia on March 16, is less battle-tested but equally as talented as “Bud”.
Crawford versus Spence is surely the fight to make at 147 pounds. They are probably the two best welterweights in the game today, and it’s a fight that real hardcore fans salivate over. But that’s not to say Garcia can’t take this one from underneath Spence. He certainly has the talent and skill necessary to pull it off.
The only thing riding against Garcia is the fact that he may be too small to beat Spence. We’ll see what happens this March, but Crawford needs to fight either one of these guys next.
5) Deontay Wilder/Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua
Well, the Deontay Wilder versus Tyson Fury fight last December caught everyone by surprise. No one gave Fury, who had been away from elite competition a considerable amount of time, a sufficient chance to beat the streaking Wilder.
Given the controversial draw result of the first bout, Wilder and Fury have to do it again. It’s a must. Wilder wants to prove he just had an off night, and Fury wants to prove his performance was no fluke, so there’s precedence here.
At the same time, let’s not forget the brash, undefeated Englishman, Anthony Joshua. Joshua is arguably the best heavyweight in the game right now, and every one of his future fights are sure to be blockbusters.
If Wilder and Fury can settle the score early this 2019, then we want the winner to face Joshua at the end of the year, period.
Which match are you looking forward to the most?