Despite fights taking place behind closed doors as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has forced further lockdown restrictions, boxing fans are being treated to a packed end-of-year calendar, with plenty of tantalising bouts scheduled. Over the last couple of months, we’ve seen Oleksandr Usyk beat Derek Chisora on points in the heavyweight division, and more recently, Terence Crawford beat Kell Brook by a fourth-round stoppage to win the WBO welterweight title. But as 2020 draws to a close, who else should you be keeping an eye on?
Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce
‘Dynamite’s British and Commonwealth titles are on the line, while the vacant European heavyweight title is up for grabs, as two of Britain’s biggest prospects in the division meet in the ring. The latest Dubois vs Joyce odds fancy the former, with Dubois boasting a record of 15 wins from as many fights, and 14 of those coming by way of knockout. But Joyce is also unbeaten in his professional career, with 11 wins (10 KOs). It’s set to be an exciting contest which many think will go the distance – and by the end of it, one of the heavyweights could well have a loss to their name.
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr
This heavyweight exhibition bout came a surprise, but will be a cracking encounter. Now 54 years old, ‘Iron Mike’ was a former undisputed heavyweight world champion, and when he retired in 2005, his record stood at 50 wins from 58 fights (six losses, two no-contests). ‘Junior’ is now 51 and in his day, was a four-division world champion: middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. He last fought in 2018, where he won the WBU cruiserweight title, and his professional record stands at 66-9.
Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray
Unbeaten Saunders returns following a suspension, and will look to continue the defence of his WBO super-middleweight title against fellow Brit, Murray. Saunders won the belt back in May 2019, and retained it in a knockout win over Marcelo Esteban Coceres. Murray has challenged four times for a world title, and in 2018 he lost the WBC Silver middleweight title by majority decision. His record stands at 39-5-1. The upcoming fight had been scheduled twice in the past, so a long-standing rivalry and title is on the line here.
Errol Spence vs Danny Garcia
Spence returns to the ring, following his high-profile car accident. Defending both his WBC and IBF welterweight titles, he takes on the hard-hitting Garcia. Spence (26-0) recently unified the division with victory over Shawn Porter, in which he won by split decision. Garcia has held multiple world championships and will prove a tough opponent (36-2). The bout will take place at the AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, in Texas – with fans present, but socially distanced.
Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev
After AJ regained his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles that he previously lost to Andy Ruiz Jr, the Watford boxer returns to face Kubrat Pulev in their rearranged world heavyweight title match. The Bulgarian is a formidable force, with just one loss to his name (28-1) and is the mandatory IBF challenger. Joshua has fought since that Ruiz rematch, but would look to secure two bouts against Tyson Fury, plus a trilogy with Deontay Wilder should he retain his belts.