Starting in March of 2020, all boxing fans were stripped of the sport they loved and were forced to be content with PPV rewatches from the HBO golden days as they waited for the world to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Fast forward to late September of 2020, and boxing promotions have found bubble solutions to deal with the boxing scene altered by the pandemic. Listed below is GCSN’s list of top upcoming bouts which should leave boxing fans satisfied to close out the year.
5. Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr. , Heavyweight Exhibition, Nov. 28
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This barely breaks our list, but no one can seriously avoid watching this fight no matter how outrageous this news was received as when announced. Two of boxing’s all-time stars returning to the ring to give fans a dream fight that never occurred in their primes. Now they are far from their golden days, this is still a bout that will draw the interest of diehard and casual boxing fans and help bring back needed popularity to the sport.
4. Errol Spence Jr Vs Danny Garcia for the Unified WBC-IBF Welterweight Championship, November 21st
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This fight is a must-see event for so many reasons. To begin with, this is Errol Spence’s first fight since his terrible car accident October of 2019. Many are wondering how Errol Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KO’s) will look after the accident and if there will be any ring rust present. Instead of selecting a stay busy fight he chose to fight former welterweight world champion Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KO’s). The style matchup should be good considering Garcia has never been stopped and he possesses a counter puncher style which should fare well against Spence’s aggressive body attack. Garcia also has an iron chin so he will be able to stand in the middle of the ring and box with Spence. Errol Spence will have to demonstrate why he is the unified champion at 147 in order to get past Garcia and come out victorious.
3. Jermall Charlo Vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the WBC Middleweight Championship, September 26th
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The middleweight division has been highly competitive recently and this is a fight that many fans wanted to see. Finally Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KO’s) has taken the next step and chosen a high caliber opponent to defend his title against. Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KO’s) is easily his biggest opponent yet as a professional and will help fans better gauge where he stands skill wise among the middleweight division. For Sergiy, this is his 3rd title fight in 3 years with the previous two ending in losses for him in razor thin decisions. Many have this fight as even with the winner being whoever wants the title more on fight night.
2. Leo Santa Cruz Vs Gervonta Davis for the WBA Lightweight and WBA Super Featherweight Title, October 24th
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This fight would be a clear number one choice if it weren’t for another specific super fight on our list being made. Gervonta Davis (23-0, 22 KO’s) and Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KO’s) are both champions in multiple weight classes, with this being the most difficult fight for each boxer so far, who are both also making their pay-per-view debut. Although they will weigh-in at the junior lightweight limit of 130 pounds, Davis’ WBA Lightweight title and Santa Cruz’s WBA Super Featherweight title will both be on the line. Santa Cruz who is the four-weight class world champion is the underdog for the first time in his career and is clearly using the underdog status as a motivational factor in his training. Davis has shown stamina issues in the past so it will be interesting to see if he can keep up with the pace of Santa Cruz, who has been known for easily being able to throw over 1,000 punches in a fight.
1. Vasiliy Lomachenko Vs Teofimo Lopez for the Unified WBC-IBF Lightweight Championship, October 17th
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The clear cut best fight to see this fall, and most importantly, it will be free. As part of a deal with Top Rank and ESPN, the fight will be free to watch on ESPN meaning more fans will be able to enjoy the fight. After Teofimo Lopez (15-0, 12 KO’s) defeated Richard Comney by TKO in the 2nd round to capture the IBF Lightweight title and his first word championship he immediately began to call out #1 pound for pound champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO’s) for a unification bout, in which will easily be the biggest fight of his career. Other fight will pair the master boxer with a thousand fighting angles, against the young Lopez who has a solid fundamentals but can end the fight with a single punch. Lomachenko has already shown he can be knocked as shown in his fight against Jorge Linares, so Teofimo Lopez will certainly be looking forward to capitalize on that aspect.
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