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What a year 2020 has been for boxing. Despite everything going on with the pandemic and the huge gaps it left in the sporting calendar, we're still starting to see fights that we've been clamouring for, seemingly forever.
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The lightweight division delivered an absolute cracker of a top table fight, with Teofimo Lopez and Vasyl Lomachenko going at it - Ryan Garcia was also set to take on Luke Campbell, though thanks to Covid that was slightly pushed back, at least it's happening though!
Further up the weight classes, the stacked welterweight division began to crackle with Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, Errol Spence all taking on tough challenges, while Kell Brook even rolled the dice one last time against the feared Terence Crawford.
Canelo Alvarez claimed a major scalp in Callum Smith recently, while Anthony Joshua took care of business against Kubrat Pulev, paving the way for the inevitable big clash Britain and beyond are calling for.
With these major fights, and hundreds more on the scene crumbling down the way they have, here's a few options we could be in line for next year, that we certainly wouldn't say no to.
1. Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua
The obvious one to start with, there's the heavyweights and then there's everyone else. A fight that would surely prevail as one of the highest revenue earners of all time, bringing cash into the pockets of those that could go on to fund other fights as well as unifying the heavyweight divison for the first time since Lennox Lewis ruled the boxing world. Arguments will happen about who wins and why, but as the saying goes - there's only one way to find out.
Big boy uppercut.— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) December 27, 2020
2. Errol Spence v Terence Crawford
Another one that potentially should have happened a while ago, another one that could potentially fall into the same poisonous trap Mayweather Pacquiao did, of happening way too late. Is this fight as big as MayPac? No, but it does need to happen. These are the shining beacons in the welterweight divison, with great options for both the loser - who could go on to fight Shawn Porter, with the winner going on to a Pacquiao mega bout. Is there anyone who wouldn't be happy with those circumstances? Thought not.
3. Gervonta Davis v Vasyl Lomachenko
Before you point out Loma was dethroned by Lopez, take into account that boxing is one of the only sports with this crazy notion that a defeat should mean the end of everything forever among some pockets of fans. Lomachenko is still one of the highest regarded fighters in world boxing, and doesn't have many miles on the clock. This fight should have happened a long time ago, and with Lopez having the busiest division at his disposal, Tank can wait - Lopez could go to Devin Haney, the Campbell/Garcia winner or any one else in the division. Loma v Davis is a great fight and we shouldn't be denied it because of one loss.
4. Canelo v GGG III
Again, please don't shoot the messenger. I know there are several other fights out there for both fighters, but this could be the fight that finally draws a line under the whole draw/close decision debacle. Canelo would go in clear favourite, having gone through the gears in recent fights, while GGG has arguably stayed still. GGG was avoided for years through his prime, and deserves the chance to put the matter to bed. Is either GGG Andrade/Canelo Yildrim as exciting as GGG Canelo? No chance. Billy Joe Saunders v Andrade for the winner of the trilogy? Much better.
5. Deontay Wilder v Andy Ruiz
Tell me this wouldn't be a fun fight, with a hugely sellable storyline. Two former champs with the ambition to get back to the top of the mountain? Say no more.
Agree/Disagree with any of the choices? Let us know in the comments section and we'll see about follow up articles. Happy new year to all our readers!