My Fight For 2019
By Ben Gibson
When asked what fight I would most like to see in 2019 there were a number of options.
It would be great to see Charlie Edwards fight and retain his WBC world flyweight title and it would also be good to see the heavyweight division fully unified. However, the fight I would most like to see has no titles attached to it at this stage.
2018 was a great year for boxing and due to this I believe that a monumental clash between Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte and the Ukrainian machine, Oleksandr Usyk would be the fight of 2019.
In 2018 Whyte maintained his current winning streak, taking it to 9 and now his record sits at 25-1.
In a year where Anthony Joshua dominated the heavyweight division scene, Whyte managed to show his own progress by beating the likes of Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora for a second time.
While Whyte ended 2018 calling out Joshua to a rematch, personally I believe seeing him take on Usyk will be a much more thrilling fight for boxing fans.
Usyk also had a year to remember in 2018 and took his record to 16-0.
He also took control of his division as he was able to unifying the cruiserweight division, in Russia against Gassiev.
Usyk has shown his superiority in his weight division and has of course recently fought on British soil when he beat Tony Bellew in the Manchester Arena towards the end of 2018.
While Joshua vs Whyte will be great night for British boxing, this fight will also be a clash of titans.
For Usyk he can fight the likes of Michael Hunter or Big Baby Miller as he enters the heavyweight division. However, after clearing out the cruiserweight division, and the fact that he has already beaten Hunter in the cruiserweight ranks, it makes Whyte fresh opposition and a nice entry into the new division for him or further down the line after a couple of tune up fights up at heavyweight.
With Usyk aiming to take on the heavyweight division and Whyte wanting to earn a much delayed title shot, this gives the fight multiple angles and lots of interest, whenever it happens in the coming months.
Both want to have their shot at the belts that are up for stake in the heavyweight division and this fight may seem closer than is led to be believed.