Vasily Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) vs. George Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs)
Without question, this is the fight at lightweight that matters the most. Kambosos came out of nowhere last year to dethrone the supremely confident Teofimo Lopez and hand the latter his only blemish.
Coming into that fight, Lopez, having just defeated the formidable Loma, was thought to be near-invincible, and he certainly wasn’t shy about letting the whole world know just how good he is.
Unfortunately for him, Kambosos had other plans and defeated him via close but well-earned decision. While a rematch is also a must-see (made our list too), what’s intriguing is how well Kambosos would match up against Loma.
Kambosos possesses excellent boxing skills and exhibits blinding hand speed, and it would be a purist’s dream to see how he fares against probably the best ring tactician in the sport.
Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) vs. Tyson Fury (31-0, 22 KOs)
Despite Oleksandr Usyk becoming the unified heavyweight champion after out-boxing Anthony Joshua, the draw of seeing two of UK’s best and biggest heavyweight is just too good to pass up.
Plus, considering how Joshua has suddenly become vulnerable and beatable, of late, we don’t know how long his viability as a contender will last. This fight has to happen this year or it might not materialize at all.
Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) vs. Errol Spence (27-0, 21 KOs)
I think this fight needs no introduction. It’s the fight the world has been waiting for, for the past three years or so.
The two best welterweights in the world as well as two of the best pound-for-pound fighters. Need I say more?
Juan Francisco Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs) vs. Roman Gonzales (50-3, 41 KOs)
If this one pushes through, it will be a trilogy 10 years in the making. Their first fight was nine years ago. The second fight last year was a bonafide “2021 Fight of the Year” candidate and 24 rounds between these two excellent warriors weren’t enough to determine who exactly is the better fighter between these two. That’s why we need a third installment.
George Kambosos vs. Teofimo Lopez (16-1, 12 KOs)
As mentioned above, Kambosos scored one of the biggest upsets of 2021 when he dethroned Lopez. That he did it while scoring a knockdown despite coming in viewed as the lighter puncher only made it more mind- boggling.
Lopez is still smarting from that defeat and has told everyone he believed he won the fight. Of course, many would like to digress.
There’s no better way to settle it than through a rematch. That way, Kambosos can prove his win was no fluke.
LAST ROUND. It’s on lawyer Pamela Condat, our IBP Cebu Chapter’s lovely and indefatigable president. Cheers!
February 03, 2022
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