- Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder/Tyson Fury
Joshua-Wilder, the most tiresome ‘will they/won’t they’ saga since Mayweather-Pacquiao, had better come to an end this year.
Will it, though? I’m not terribly optimistic, partially because Tyson Fury may well complete the job he was robbed of if that rematch does indeed happen next.
I think Joshua-Fury would be even more compelling as far as an evenly matched contest goes, so either one will do.
2. Anthony Joshua-Oleksandr Usyk
The likes of Joshua-Miller or Joshua-Whyte II, while not bad fights in a vacuum, hold little interest for me.
The only truly acceptable substitute on Joshua’s side for the unifications we all want would be a clash with cruiser king and fighter of the year for 2018, Oleksandr Usyk. I’d be fascinated to see if Usyk could negate Joshua’s massive size advantage with his fluid, fleet-footed skills.
3. Oleksandr Gvozdyk-Eleider Alvarez
If Alvarez repeats his win over Kovalev, this is the fight that makes sense for the second half of 2019, especially given that they are now both under the Top Rank banner.
4. Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin III
After two memorable, controversy-laden fights, a third bout is still needed in my eyes to settle this rivalry. If network free agent Golovkin doesn’t sign with DAZN, however, that could mean it never materializes.
5. Errol Spence-Keith Thurman
Thurman has drawn near-universal ire for declaring he’s still the best welterweight in the world in 2019 but that this year will be a “get back” exercise, and he has no intention of fighting Spence anytime soon.
We will see. In a common sense world, it would be the logical next step after Thurman’s tune-up and Spence thrashing an undersized Mikey Garcia.
6. Amir Khan-Kell Brook
Does anyone really prefer to see the mooted Terence Crawford vs. Khan fight over this one?
This fight is worth twice the money of a sure fire beating at the hands of Crawford and Brook has agreed to welterweight and a rehydration clause.
Please let cooler heads prevail and end the decade long foreplay for this domestic grudge match. Who cares if both guys are now faded, it might actually make for a better fight.
7. Regis Prograis-Josh Taylor
The most likely final of the 140lb. WBSS (rumoured money problems in the tournament aside), this would be a mouthwatering clash between two young, world class talents in their primes.
8. Tevin Farmer-Gervonta Davis
Too much social media bullshit, too little action.
Farmer has impressed lately, albeit against limited opposition. Davis has been inactive, gotten fat and will next be stepping on a faded Abner Mares.
Promotional differences may prevent this matchup, given that Leonard Ellerbe says he will never allow Davis to fight on “Dead Zone”.
9. Oscar Valdez-Josh Warrington
Warrington opened a lot of eyes in 2018 with a breakout year. Valdez returns from a broken jaw with an easy comeback fight early in 2019, but a unification between these two would be a can’t miss action fight.
10. Naoya Inoue-Zolani Tete
The most likely final of the 118lb. WBSS would be a purists dream.
Inoue continues to excel in his third weight class, but Tete would be seeking to prove that his slick skills, long consigned to the ‘who needs him’ fringes of the big stage, can hang with one of the pound for pound best.