Boxing: The Big Fights Left in 2019
By Jack Price
It’s fair to say 2019 hasn’t been the biggest or best year for boxing so far, but things are looking up slightly as we head towards the end of the year, and some bigger and more exciting fights are starting to get made and announced.
In this article we’ll take a look at the mouth-watering fights that boxing fans have to look forward to later this year!
August 24th – Sergey Kovalev Vs Anthony Yarde
First up we have this intriguing light-heavyweight world title clash between WBO champion Sergey Kovalev and exciting British star Anthony Yarde.
The reason this fight is so exciting and intriguing is that we will finally get to see if ‘The Beast’ Yarde is the real deal or not. He’s been highly hyped for a long time now and it seems like British fans have been waiting forever for him to step up to this level and prove to us that the hype surrounding him is justified.
The step up may have taken a while but you have to give him nothing but respect for taking this fight, especially in Russia, Kovalev’s home country.
Although, slightly past his best, Kovalev is still arguably the No.1 in the division and a completely different level to anyone Yarde has shared the ring with before.
‘Krusher’ Kovalev will start as the big favourite with the bookies, experts and most boxing fans but you can’t rule out a young, hungry lion like Yarde. If he does pull it off away from home in the champions country, it’ll be one of the biggest wins in recent years for a British fighter.
August 31st – Vasyl Lomachenko Vs Luke Campbell
The week later we have another British star entering a world title fight as an underdog, a huge one in this case. Luke Campbell looks to do the impossible as he takes on WBA and WBO lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, the man who is considered by many as the best fighter in the world today pound-for-pound.
The unification fight takes place at the O2 Arena in London and the vacant WBC belt will also be on the line.
The risk is high for Campbell, as he will be sharing the ring with a guy that has looked almost impossible to beat in the last five years, but the reward is even higher when you consider he’s got the chance to become unified world champion, winning three of the four belts and cement his place as one of the best fighters in the world today.
He doesn’t even need a win to raise his stock here. Even if he puts on a good performance in losing, his stock will surely rise. I’m sure he won’t be thinking like that though. He’ll be going for the win and nothing less. And out of everyone at lightweight right now, I believe ‘Cool Hand’ Luke stands the most chance of at least causing Lomachenko problems. His size, style and reach will definitely pose a threat to the Ukrainian to start off with. He will be entering ‘The Matrix’ though and no one usually comes out on top when doing so.
September 28th – Errol Spence Jr Vs Shawn Porter
This a very exciting match-up and one I believe could be a contender for fight of the year if it lives up to expectations. Two exciting welterweight world champions in great form coming head-to-head in a mouth-watering unification clash.
IBF champ Errol Spence Jr is one of the best talents in world boxing right now and only seems to be getting better, but in this fight he faces the toughest test of his career so far in WBC champion Shawn Porter.
The fight takes place in Los Angeles and the fans in attendance should be treated to a mix of action-packed fighting and some high-skill boxing.
We’ve seen some great skill and ability from Spence at times, and we’ve also seen him beat opponents with his serious strength and power, but we are yet to see him really forced to fight, and that is something Shawn Porter will definitely do.
Porter is relentless for the entire 12 rounds when he’s in the ring with non-stop pressure and an extremely high work rate. This will surely make for nothing less than a great fight! We expect Spence to come out on top but it definitely won’t be easy for him.
October 18th – Oleksandr Gvozdyk Vs Artur Beterbiev
In October we have a mouth-watering bust-up between two of the best light-heavyweights in the world today. WBC world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk takes on the IBF champ Artur Beterbiev in a unification clash in Philadelphia.
Light-heavyweight is one of the most stacked weight divisions in world boxing right now and its good to see the best fighters taking on each other in 2019. Other divisions should take note!
Both men hit hard and have exciting, fan-friendly styles so the fight looks set to be a good one for as long as it lasts.
Gvozdyk, who has looked like the more skilful boxer throughout his career so far, will start as the slight favourite but, with 14 knockouts in 14 fights, we’ve seen that Beterviev has the power to change and end a fight at any time so it makes for an intriguing match-up.
November 7th – Naoya Inoue Vs Nonito Donaire
26-year old Naoya Inoue is one of the most incredible young talents and fearsome punchers in boxing today. He may only weigh 122lb but he hits as hard as most men twice his size and has blasted through everyone he has met in the ring so far, winning world titles in three weight divisions already.
However, in Nonito Donaire he faces a modern legend that has achieved so much in boxing himself. Donaire may be a little past his best at 36 years of age but is a 4-weight world champion and has experienced so much in his 18 years as a professional boxer.
This fight is the final of the bantamweight World Boxing Super Series so the Muhammad Ali trophy will also be on the line.
It looks set to be a huge night for the sport and takes big-time boxing into new territories as the fight takes place in Inoue’s home country of Japan.
Inoue will no doubt start as the huge favourite and it’s hard to see anything other than an emphatic knock out victory for him but Donaire has proved time and time again that you can’t rule him out.
December 7th – Anthony Joshua Vs Andy Ruiz Jr 2
Without doubt the biggest fight to take place this year is the rematch between British superstar Anthony Joshua and now unified heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz Jr as AJ looks to win back his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles.
You must have been living under a rock if you haven’t heard what happened in the first fight between these two men. Ruiz Jr stepped in as a late replacement and was given next to no chance against the highly-rated Joshua.
But the Mexican tore up the script and knocked the Brit out in the 7th round. It was a massive shock to everyone worldwide and now all eyes will be on the rematch in Saudi Arabia on December 7th to see if it was just an off-night for AJ or if he was over-hyped all along and Ruiz simply has his number.
Whether you’re a boxing fan or not you can be sure that you’ll hear people talking about this one constantly as the fight draws closer, debating whether it will be repeat or revenge.
Despite getting beat badly in the first one, Joshua still starts as the betting favourite but there’s plenty of people that believe it will be the same outcome and Ruiz will get the victory again. Either way it’s going to be huge!