2021 brings with it some diploma of hope…and, given the yr we simply went via, boxing wishes are manner down the “hope and prayers” list. but here’s a boxing column and, so, let’s talk boxing things. 

here’s my own 2021 wish list for the activity we adore.

— i hope for David Benavidez to cease giving off indications that he will implode. The kid is a genius-stage offensive fighter and one in all my very own favorites– and combating him is a chance too tall to take already. Him losing the identical title twice in two years– by means of drug suspension after which failure to make weight– without being defeated shows some serious self-sabotage considerations. If he continues giving off these vibes that he will sink his own profession and remove himself from the scene, the excellent canines in his weight latitude are going to take a seat again and let him do it. 

— Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Demetrius Andrade in place of Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Jaime Munguia. I desire Golovkin verified in opposition t a style it’s not tailor made to his liking. Munguia is a tricky youngster and cocksure as all hell, however he’s exactly what Triple G wants to see throughout the ring from him. Andrade would make him work and feel. Admittedly, half the cause of me eager to see Golovkin tested is to peer him fail. however the other half of the rationale is as a result of I do, legitimately, I are looking to see him need to adapt and show off an additional side of himself that he’s in no way needed to reveal earlier than. At 38, it can be too late for the rest backyard his comfort zone, but i might want to see it at the least as soon as before he retires.

— My heavyweight wish is Fury-Joshua and never Fury-Wilder 3. honestly, given Wilder’s realities right in the meanwhile, I don’t see him doing any improved against Fury now than he did ultimate time. The heavyweight battle to make is the one with a view to unify all 4 belts. 

— My need to look Fury-Joshua subsequent is never a knock towards Deontay Wilder. I feel it’s decent for the American battle scene if we now have a in demand American heavyweight among the good names in the recreation. although, Wilder needs to get his head together and tighten up his game earlier than throwing himself returned into the upper tier. i love the idea of a Wilder-Andy Ruiz “ultimate possibility” showdown within the 2d half of 2021 with, possibly, greater of a tune-up for Wilder within the first half of the 12 months. 

— extra cooperation among promoters/networks or, as a minimum, the consciousness that they must make steps in that course if they are looking to enhance the average health of the activity. Some consideration has to be proven to the enthusiasts who need to truly see the fights they are looking to see and not just be nudged into procuring stuff that is “pretty much as good as they’re gonna get.”

— Spence vs. Crawford, of route (See Above)

— The beginning of a light-weight run of greatest vs. superior fights that includes Teofimo Lopez, Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, and Vasily Lomachenko.

— The starting of a light heavyweight run of most beneficial vs. foremost fights that includes Artur Beterbiev, Dmitry Bivol, Sergey Kovalev, Gilberto Ramirez, Jean Pascal, Badou Jack, and the winner of Joe Smith Jr.-Maxim Vlasov.

— For the fifth straight yr, here’s hoping that Gary Russell Jr. is greater lively. His once-a-yr combat plan does nobody any good.

— For Canelo, Avni Yildirim is appropriate in February if we get Billy Joe Saunders and one more excessive-end opponent in September. 

— For Mikey Garcia, i’m hoping he ditches the countless profession-stalling pursuit of a Manny Pacquiao payout and entertains some other, more competitively interesting matchups. Garcia is a uniquely expert and focused fighter and it be an utter waste to see him spinning his wheels, chasing the Pacquiao payday. 

— Manny Pacquiao vs. Shawn Porter. it’s the most fan-friendly matchup accessible for Pacquiao and it supplies a big payday to a guy in Porter who deserves a big payday. And, perhaps simply as crucial, it frees up Errol Spence and Terence Crawford to pursue each different as opposed to pursuing Pacquiao. 

— The return to prominence of fan favorites like Jarrett Hurd, Nonito Donaire, Julian Williams, Adam Kownacki, David Lemieux, Ray Beltran, and, definitely, any person else who offers pleasant, enjoyable performances and is, through defeat or inactivity, now not a main stage presence.

— finally– and most important– health, happiness, and peace of mind to all the battle enthusiasts and battle Hype loyalists reading this (even the haters, suckers, and pantsloads). 

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