It’s that time again. A new year and another list of potential blockbuster battles for the coming twelve months.
Last year, six of the seventeen listed fights made it over the line. Hopefully, a few more can as we reveal one fight per division we’d like to take place in 2019.
On the list last year, it’s the only bout to make at 105 pounds. A combined record of 71-0 makes this collision a must before either moves up in weight.
A huge unification between two of Japan’s stars would be the order of the year at the light-flyweight limit.
Tanaka, a two-time WBN Young Fighter of the Year, is already a three-weight world champion in just twelve fights. Veteran Mthalane, on the other hand, is unbeaten in a decade.
Rumors the encounter could happen in 2018 mean this clash makes the list for 2019. Hopefully, both sides can reach an agreement.
A potential final in the World Boxing Super Series, the new superstar against the old would be a fascinating match-up.
It could prove an easy match to make, but the WBC ruler pitted against the WBO champion would be an ideal all-Mexcian fight to crown the number one at the weight.
One of the fights of 2018 (📸 Chris Roberts), Frank Warren could do all a favor by putting these two men in the ring together again.
A war of two Mexican warriors for the WBC crown could be a firecracker of a collision.
With Davis currently tight at the super-featherweight limit, a move up is on the cards. What better way to mark a switch than facing the best fighter on the planet.
Another possible showcase at the finale of the WBSS, Prograis v Taylor is the fight most are hoping for in the last two.
With two huge fights already over the line in Errol Spence v Mikey Garcia and Manny Pacquiao v Adrien Broner, Crawford v Khan gets the nod over a Shawn Porter v Danny Garcia rematch.
In a division with slim pickings, it would be nice to see Kell Brook secure the opportunity to fight for another world title at a more comfortable weight.
Providing Canelo stays at 168 and Gennady Golovkin joins him there, Jacobs v Charlo seems a no-brainer to secure for the coming year.
Giving ‘GGG’ the chance to win a second weight division title would be a more interesting affair than both meeting again (📸 Sumio Yamada) at 160. Canelo is currently a belt holder in two weight classes so either cannot be ruled out.
Getting the nod just above an all-Russian clash between Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol, Gvozdyk v Jack has real possibilities in 2019.
Without the star power of Usyk, Briedis v Tabiti could be for at two titles in the final of the WBSS.
An enthralling meeting in 2018 (📸 Esther Lin) puts Wilder v Fury II as the most anticipated world title offering this year.