A look at the 2020 British Heavyweight landscape
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Now 2020 is finally here we can look forward, speculate and debate on many possible exciting matchups involving some of the biggest household names in British and World boxing. Here are the top five Heavyweight showdowns involving a Brit we’d like to see in 2020.
1. Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder II Where better to start than the highly anticipated rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, Following the December 2018 bout that resulted in a controversial draw a fierce rivalry has developed and the rematch is already slated to take place 22nd February at the MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, USA. This fight is already a strong contender to be the marquee fight of the year, With Canelo Alvarez ruling out a third fight with Gennady Golovkin and Anthony Joshua tied up with mandatories this fight could be the highest-profile match up between two big household names we see this year. The first fight provided everything, back and forth action, showboating and two very dramatic knockdowns. Following the first fight, the general consensus heading into the rematch is we can expect either a 12 round decision victory for the Gypsy King or a sensational KO victory for the Bronze Bomber which we can be all be forgiven for assuming, But when you match up two guys at the very top of the division you can never predict the outcome for sure especially when you’re dealing with two of boxing’s most unpredictable characters. One thing is for sure if the second fight provides as much entertainment and drama as the first, Boxing fans are in for a treat.
2. Oleksander Usyk v Derek Chisora This heavily rumoured bout between the former undisputed Cruiserweight king in Oleksander Usyk and comeback king Derek Chisora could prove to be one of the more intriguing match-ups this year. After failing to impress in his Heavyweight debut Oleksander Usyk still leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Can his chin hold up to the power of the big hitters in the division? Does he carry up enough power to keep the big guys at bay for 12 rounds? Or even perhaps force a stoppage? There’s no one better too answer these questions than the hard-hitting tough man Derek ‘WAR’ Chisora. Chisora’s no stranger to fighting on the biggest stage and will be a very game opponent, his come-forward relentless pressure will be exactly what we need to answer the questions of the Ukrainian man that many experts tip to become the future Heavyweight King.
3. Anthony Joshua v Oleksander Usyk 2020 could see Anthony Joshua do battle with yet another fellow Olympic Gold medallist in Oleksander Usyk who is currently a mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBO crown. You can surely bet when Joshua and Usyk both stepped on to the podium to collect their gold medals at London 2012 they knew their paths would cross one day. We could see this match up at the back end of 2020 should Anthony Joshua opt to fight IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev first. Assuming Joshua is successful against Pulev he will surely look to regain his WBO strap right away in order to set up an Undisputed match-up with the winner of Fury Wilder II in 2021, It could be argued that Usyk could give Joshua his biggest test too date with his brilliant boxing brain and incredible footwork and may well be another banana skin in the making for the Unified Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua.
4. Dillian Whyte v Andy Ruiz Jr After finally resolving his situation with UKAD late last year and being cleared of any wrongdoing we can expect to see The Bodysnatcher back in action headlining again. With the WBC mandatory not being called until 2021, Whyte’s name has been linked for potential matchups with Alexander Povetkin and Andy Ruiz Jr, Given Whyte’s track record for taking on the biggest challenges available it’s hard to imagine him taking a couple of bouts with lesser opposition while he waits for the winner of Fury-Wilder, It’s much more likely the Brixton man will opt for a bout with Ruiz Jr and capitalize on Ruiz’s name recognition following his upset KO victory over Joshua in June last year. Despite losing his rematch with Joshua in December Ruiz is still widely considered a top-five fighter and a win for Whyte would surely silence his critics stateside.
5. Daniel Dubois v Joe Joyce Talks for a matchup between Heavyweight prospects Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce are underway Frank Warren has confirmed, Following Joyce’s European title shot with Marco Huck falling through after Huck sustained a hand injury in sparring. At 34 years of age, Joyce would be taking a huge risk fighting Dubois at this stage a loss would be a huge setback for the juggernaut. For Dubois it’s perhaps the perfect fight a victory would see him rise through the rankings and give him a credible name on his record legitimizing the praise that has been heaped on him in 2019.