18
Jun
2019

Seventeen Fights for 2019 (minimumweight to heavyweight)

World Boxing News 02/01/2019
Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

📸 Esther Lin

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.

MINIMUMWEIGHT

Wanheng Menayothin v Knockout CP Freshmart

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.


LIGHT-FLYWEIGHT

Ken Shiro v Hiroto Kyoguchi

A huge unification between two of Japan’s stars would be the order of the year at the light-flyweight limit.

FLYWEIGHT

Kosei Tanaka v Moruti Mthalane

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.

SUPER-FLYWEIGHT

Roman Gonzalez v Kal Yafai

Rumors the encounter could happen in 2018 mean this clash makes the list for 2019. Hopefully, both sides can reach an agreement.

BANTAMWEIGHT

Naoya Inoue v Nonito Donaire

A potential final in the World Boxing Super Series, the new superstar against the old would be a fascinating match-up.

SUPER-BANTAMWEIGHT

Rey Vargas v Emmanuel Navarrete

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.

FEATHERWEIGHT

Josh Warrington v Carl Frampton II

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.

SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT

Miguel Berchelt v Fernando Vargas

A war of two Mexican warriors for the WBC crown could be a firecracker of a collision.

LIGHTWEIGHT

Vasyl Lomachenko v Gervonta Davis

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.

SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHT

Regis Prograis v Josh Taylor

Another possible showcase at the finale of the WBSS, Prograis v Taylor is the fight most are hoping for in the last two.

WELTERWEIGHT

Terence Crawford v Amir Khan

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.

SUPER-WELTERWEIGHT

Jarrett Hurd v Kell Brook

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.

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Danny Jacobs v Jermall Charlo

Providing Canelo stays at 168 and Gennady Golovkin joins him there, Jacobs v Charlo seems a no-brainer to secure for the coming year.

Sumio Yamada

SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT

Canelo v Gennady Golovkin III

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.

LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT

Oleksandr Gvozdyk v Badou Jack

Getting the nod just above an all-Russian clash between Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol, Gvozdyk v Jack has real possibilities in 2019.

CRUISERWEIGHT

Mairis Briedis v Andrew Tabiti

Without the star power of Usyk, Briedis v Tabiti could be for at two titles in the final of the WBSS.

HEAVYWEIGHT

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury II

An enthralling meeting in 2018 (📸 Esther Lin) puts Wilder v Fury II as the most anticipated world title offering this year.

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