Matchroom Boxing enjoyed a huge year in 2019. The company’s American invasion started to come good, as together with DAZN they made their mark on the sport stateside. In 2020 Eddie Hearn is reportedly hoping for an even bigger year than the last. Speaking to Kugan Cassius of IFL TV, he outlined his dream match-ups for the 2020. The always entertaining promoter reeled off a bunch of big fights that would happen in an ideal scenario. If by some miracle he’s able to pull them all of it would certainly be the best year in boxing history for the fans. Let’s take a look at exactly who he wants to see matched up.
First of all is the one that everyone wants. Anthony Joshua to face off against the Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury winner. The biggest fight in boxing right now simply must be made, hopefully it will be in 2020. There’s no reason why it won’t. All the belts will be on the line as well as countless amounts of cash. But first Wilder and Fury have to settle the score on Feb 22. Once that’s out the way boxing fans can begin dreaming about Joshua fighting one of these two men.
The Matchroom CEO also wants to see Kell Brook finally fight Amir Khan. Despite the math-up being way past its sell-by date, it will obviously sell big time in the UK. The rivalry has been intense and bitter over many years. Even in 2020, it shows no sign of dying down. With both fighters short on options perhaps this year we finally get to see them throw down. Or maybe it’s just one of those fights that never comes off.
Hearn signed super-flyweight king Juan Francisco Estrada last year. The Mexican holds the WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal titles at 115lbs. In 2020 a potential fight between him and Brit Kal Yafai is on the cards. The unbeaten British fighter picked up the WBA super flyweight title last time out. He’ll now face the biggest test of his career against Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez. If he can get through that fight acclaim, riches and Estrada await.
Since losing his debut Julio Cesar Martinez has looked perfect. The Mexican flyweight has beaten Andrew Selby and Charlie Edwards (overturned to no contest) before capturing a world title. Now a champion Hearn appears keen to put his fighter in with the best. Naoya Inoue is the unbeaten Japanese power puncher, who recently won the WBSS at bantamweight. He holds the IBF, WBA, and Ring Magazine titles at the weight. A fight between these two promises to be an all-out war. Both have significant power despite their size and have a style that would mean all-out action for as long as it lasts.
Dillian Whyte is in serious need of a big fight. His promoter is hoping he can engineer the British heavyweight something colossal in 2020. Hearn told IFL he hopes to match Whyte against either Deontay Wilder or Andy Ruiz. The Wilder fight is obviously preferable due to the long-running saga surrounding Whyte’s position with the WBC. However, this seems unlikely given the fact Wilder has bigger fish to fry in Fury and Joshua. Alternatively, a fight with Ruiz makes sense. Mexico’s first-ever heavyweight champion is looking to bounce back from his loss against Joshua. He can get himself back into the mix and earn a massive paycheque by fighting and beating Whyte.
Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith are both chasing the Canelo fight right now. However, it appears neither man will get to fight the Mexican superstar in 2020. The best-case scenario for these men is to fight each other. It would be an all British unification fight at 168lbs. it’s guaranteed to sell, and they could even do it in a stadium. Both men are in serious need of a big fight this year. They just might need to look at each other in order to make it happen.
Beyond a fight with each other Hearn is hopeful of making a fight between either of these English stars and Danny Jacobs. ‘The Miracle Man’ has fallen short against both GGG and Canelo but earned himself plenty of credit in the process. After beating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr last time out, he will now be looking for his next big fight. Of course, holding a world title will be a priority and as a big guy he won’t be worried about moving to 168 to challenge either Billy Joe Saunders or Callum Smith. If Hearn could somehow bring this fight to British shores it would be a monumental event.
Demetrius Andrade needs to have a breakout fight this year. The American whilst an impressive world titleholder at middleweight is almost the forgotten man. Hearn is hoping to bring him to the forefront in 2020 by putting him in big fights. Namely against unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo. However, this fight is one of the most unlikely to happen on this list. Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) are very unlikely to entertain any type of negotiation for this fight. Andrade may need to look elsewhere for his breakout fight in 2020.
Everyone wants to see Gennady Golovkin and Saul Canelo Alvarez complete their trilogy. The first two fights whilst shrouded by controversy were among the best of the decade. Over 24 rounds these two men went toe-to-toe and ultimately it was the Mexican who emerged victorious, however controversial you think it may have been. Let’s hope 2020 is the year this rivalry is put to bed, and we get a clear winner when/if they make a third fight.
Eddie Hearn’s dream fights to make in 2020, are just that right now. It’ll be interesting to see how many of these come off in the coming months. If he even manages to put half of the fights together, boxing fans are in for one hell of a year.
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