With Manny Pacquiao fighting Jesse Vargas this weekend, a fight I won’t be able to watch live since I’ll be at a regional MMA event on Saturday night, I decided I’d share a few potential boxing matches that I’d love to see in the near future:
- Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder. Sure, Fury is out of action right now while he battles some personal issues, and he’s still due to rematch Wladimir Klitschko at some point, but I’d love to see him fight Wilder at some point. Before being stripped of his titles for various reasons, Fury held the WBA, WBO, and the IBF versions of the heavyweight title while Wilder holds the WBC version of it. Fury had his titles taken away for various reasons (inactivity, refusal to fight a mandatory challenger in order to face Klitschko in a rematch instead) but he’s still the lineal heavyweight champion and I’ve love to see the chance to crown an undisputed champion (albeit, a less “undisputed” version now that Fury’s lost his titles, although that was for out of the ring reasons as he never lost in the ring) by seeing Fury and Wilder fight.
- Deontay Wilder vs. Now, having said what I said above, IF Tyson Fury never does return to boxing and is stripped of the lineal title, then I’d like to see Wilder (who I feel is the “interim” lineal champ, as he holds the most legitimate version that is currently not vacated) fight either Wladimir Klitschko or IBF champion Anthony Joshua to crown a new lineal champion.
- Sergey Kovalev vs. Adonis Stevenson. This is the fight I want to see most on this list. Adonis Stevenson is the lineal light heavyweight champion and also holds the WBC version, but I feel that WBA/WBO/IBF titleholder Sergey Kovalev is actually the best light heavyweight boxer in the world. For me, this fight has to happen at some point to determine who is truly the undisputed champion at 175 pounds.
- Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez. The description I gave of the Kovalev/Stevenson fight applies here as well. Alvarez is the lineal middleweight champion, but I think that WBA/WBC/IBF champion Gennady Golovkin is actually the best middleweight boxer in the world today. This fight needs to happen for the same reason that Kovalev/Stevenson needs to happen, and that’s to distinguish who really is the best middleweight in the world.
- Denis Lebedev vs. _____. The lineal cruiserweight title has been vacant since Yoan Pablo Hernandez retired as champion, and I’d love to see the WBA/IBF champion Denis Lebedev fight one of WBC champion Tony Bellew, former WBC champion Grigory Drozd (who’s ranked by The Ring as the top cruiserweight, and was the WBC champion before being stripped of the title due to injuries), or WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk. The winner of a match between Lebedev and one of the three others I mentioned should result in that man being named as the new lineal champion at 200 pounds.
- Badou Jack vs. James DeGale. Fortunately, this bout is scheduled to happen in January and it will be for The Ring magazine’s version of the super middleweight title. Jack holds the WBC version of the title, DeGale holds the IBF version of the title, Jack is ranked number two by The Ring and DeGale is ranked number one by The Ring. Needless to say, this is a great matchup to crown a new lineal super middleweight champion, a title that was vacated by Andre Ward when he moved up to compete at light heavyweight.