We are heading towards an exciting month of quality boxing. Anthony Joshua, Canelo Alvarez, Errol Spence are some of the big names expected to fight in the next upcoming fights which shall conclude 2020 in style.
I do not know you guys, but I lost track of the upcoming boxing fights. Due to the Covid pandemic, we had a slow 2020 until November when, finally, several promotions decided to organize very interesting bouts on a very short notice. This is most likely the only positive aspect of this Covid pandemic: a top-quality fight comes up with a month notice. We do not need to wait 6 months or so like in the past. I just hope that this aspect does not disrupt the preparations of the boxers. However, let’s have a look what we will see over the next month or so.
On 28 November, the British heavyweight rising star, Daniel “DDD” Dubois (15-0, 14KOs), will clash for the British, Commonwealth & European heavyweight titles against Joe Joyce (11-0, 10KOs). At theO2 Arena in London, DDD will fight to add some more titles in his short but successful career. Despite his young age, only 23 years old, Daniel Dubois is already a complete and mature heavyweight boxer with a bright future in front of him. In his last fight, August 2020, DDD won by TKO in the second round against an average boxer, Ricardo Snijders. In my opinion, Dubois is favorite in the clash against Joe Joyce, undefeated heavyweight boxer with a long career in the amateur world. My hope is not only that DDD would convincingly win but also, he will take on more challenging fights from now onward.
Same day, different continent. Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. What could have been an entertaining heavyweight exhibition bout, little by little, it has been converted into a joke. Two of the most brutal boxers of the past will face each other in a fight with pathetic rules: no judges, no scorecards, no knock-out (after how many punches do they need to stop to avoid to KO the opponent?). We already provide our opinion, no need to spend further words.
In the first weekend of December, on the 4th, two great fights are on. At the Wembley Arena in London, Billy Joe Saunders (29-0, 14KOs) will defend the WBO super-middleweight world title against Martin Murray (39-5-1, 17 KOs). Despite been away from more than 1 year from the ring, Saunders belongs to the world-class category and we know that only few names can stop him. Given that Murray is not among them, Billy Joe Saunders should make it, remaining undefeated. Hopefully, this would lead Saunders to accept more challenging fights in 2021 when, after Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith, we will know who’s who in the super middleweight division.
The day after, 5th December, at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, United States, another undefeated boxer, Errol Spence (26-0, 21 KOs), will lock horns with Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) for the WBC & IBF world welterweight titles. Same as above, Spence is second only to Terence Crawford (37-0, 28KOs) in his weight category and Danny Garcia should not represent any threat for him. Once again, the hope is to see Spence and Crawford on the same ring: this would probably be the top match of 2021.
And here we are. December 12, 2020 Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) against Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) for the IBF, WBA & WBO world heavyweight titles. The Bulgarian Cobra lacks experience in top fights having collected a series of average boxers in his career, except for Klitschko and Chisora. However, I personally believe that this fight may be much more challenging for Anthony Joshua that it looks like. Pulev is more vicious than Andy Ruiz Jr. when it comes to hooks and uppercuts in close contact fight. Our prediction will be posted soon.
And, finally, the best Christmas gift a boxing enthusiast can dream of: Canelo Alvarez (53–1–2, 36 KOs) will fight against Callum Smith (27–0, 19 KOs) for the WBA (Super) and The Ring world super-middleweight titles. The fight will be hosted at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas. Arguably, and in my opinion, the second-best boxer in activity pound-for-pound, Canelo Alvarez is ready to take over the super middleweight division as well. We have already posted our prediction about this fight.
So, to sum up, we will have a truly exciting month of fun waiting for much action in 2021 when, in at least 3 weight categories, everything seems ready for re-unification fights. Fingers crossed.