Three Biggest Fights That Need to Happen in Boxing

With a must-see fight between Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman due to take place on July 20th, we take a look at some other must-see fights that boxing fans should want to see in the near future. Mega fights often rise when two boxers in the prime of their careers are climbing the ladder and making a name for themselves either in the same or different weight classes. Often times fighters will drop down or go up a weight class to make a must-see fight happen. Full disclosure there are way more than just three fights that need to happen in the next year or so. For the sake of this argument, however, these are the three biggest of all the fights that need to happen.

Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder/Tyson Fury

We begin with a pair of must-see fights in the heavyweight division featuring former world champion Anthony Joshua. Although the wait to see these fights have been extended following Joshua’s surprise loss to Andy Ruiz, the intrigue to see these fights are still there. Fans have been clamoring to see Anthony Joshua get in the ring with Deontay Wilder for years now while Tyson Fury recently entered the conversation. Before either of these fights can happen, Anthony Joshua will look to regain his heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz and more importantly improve his stock that dropped following his loss to Ruiz. Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder has a rematch with Luis Ortiz lined up for September as well as a possible rematch with the aforementioned Tyson Fury. Fans can only speculate when the world will be able to see these star heavyweights will clash in the ring and who will come out on top.

Errol Spence Jr. vs Terence Crawford

On to the welterweight division for a clash between undefeated champions Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford. International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. bursted on to the scene with a knockout win over former champion Kell Brook in 2017. He boasts a record 25-0 with 21 wins coming by knockout including an 11 fight knockout streak ended in a title defense against Mikey Garcia back in March that he won by unanimous decision win. Terence Crawford, on the other hand, is the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion with a record of 35-0 with 26 wins coming by knockout. Before making the transition to the welterweight division, Crawford was a champion in the lightweight and the super lightweight division before vacating the titles and transitioning to welterweight with a knockout win over Jeff Horn in 2018. Both fighters have even expressed interest in fighting each other with Spence telling, ” “I got his number, he’s got my number. I respect him. I like him a lot. I feel like he’s a real fighter, he’s a good guy, things like that. But there’s a business side, too.” This fight has the potential to be a fight of the year candidate and an all-time classic that is talked about for years to come. All that’s left to do now is settle the business side so we can get this show on the road.

Gervonta Davis vs Gary Russell Jr.

Finally we have a matchup between two of the best featherweights in the world Gervonta Davis and Gary Russell Jr. This fight is beyond just a fight between to future great featherweights, this is a fight for bragging rights. Both men hail from different parts of Maryland with Gervonta Davis hailing from Baltimore and Gary Russell Jr. from Capitol Heights. This fight would not only be about who is the better boxer, both fighters will be fighting for the honor of their respective home cities. This would be a spectacular fight as both men share similar strengths in strength and power. I would have to give the edge to Gervonta Davis if they were to step into the ring with each other but Gary Russell is definitely a formidable opponent for Gervonta. It would for sure be a clinic between rapid fire punchers and a fun matchup to watch.


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