Top matchups you want to see in each weight class

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Top matchups you want to see in each weight class

I'm interested in what matchups folks want to see in each weight class. Doesn't have to involve champions, can be just grudge matches. What fights do y'all want to see the most in each class?

Heavyweights:
Wilder vs Fury II- First one was great, and we need a conclusion.

Cruiserweights:
Gassiev vs Lebedev- 2 warriors, and would be a huge fight domestically in Russia

Light Heavyweights:
Buatsi vs Yarde- 2 of the top tiered prospects in the UK Light Heavy scene. Would clear the field in terms of who is the best up and comer in the UK at the weight.

Super Middleweights:
Smith vs Plant- 2 top guys in my eyes at 168, would be a great boxing match, and a big profile builder for both.

Middleweights:
GGG vs Alvarez III- time for GGG to get redemption for 2 questionable decisions.

Junior Middleweights:
Hurd vs Munguia- would be an absolute war, and this is one of the matchups I want to see the most.

Welterweights:
Crawford vs Spence- it's the fight that we all want to see, but we may not get it anytime soon.

Junior Welterweights:
Hooker vs Taylor- if Taylor can win the WBSS, this is a matchup I'd love to see. Can Taylor weather the size/reach of Hooker, and find his chin often enough to get the victory?

Lightweights:
Loma vs Lopez- In a thin division, within a sport that can use more exciting/polarizing figures, Lopez can provide both a tough matchup and a marketable opponent. Is the youth, size, and power of Lopez enough to weather the technique, experience, and cleverness of Loma?

Junior Lightweights:
Berchelt vs Cancio- Would be an absolute brawl, for however long it lasted.

Featherweights:
Warrington vs Stevenson- Another matchup of an up and comer vs established champion. Is Stevenson ready and able to weather the storm of Warrington?

Junior Featherweights:
De La Hoya vs McCullagh- in a weaker division, with all the champions eyeing either unification, or chances to move up, a fight with 2 prospects in the division could establish who the next in line is for a title.

Bantamweights:
Nery vs Inoue- in my eyes, the 2 best and most explosive fighters in the division. Would be a war, and someone would be going to sleep!

Junior Bantamweights:
SSR vs Chocolalito III- another division with roadblocks and that's thinned out, I can't think of a fight in the class I'd like to see more.

Flyweights:
Nico Hernandez vs Waseem

Junior Flyweights:
Shiro vs Canizales

Minimumweights:
Menayothin vs Knockout CP Freshmart- battle of undefeated Thai fighters. Could be a battle that offers unification, undefeated fighters, big bout domestically in Thailand, and could be a potential passing of the torch, or the old guard holding his ground and proving he still is on top.

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heavy : wilder vs fury II
cru : gassiev vs glowacki
LH : kovalev vs gvodyck
S midle : smith vs eubank jr
midle : canelo vs sanders even if sanders is at 168 now
SW : munguia vs lara
W : spence vs thurman
SL: postol vs barthelemy
L :lopez vs R garcia
SFE : berchelt vs davis
FE : warrington vs rigondeaux
SB : de la hoya vs navarette
B : oubaali vs n inoue
SFLY : chocolatito vs nietes
FLY : tanaka vs rosales
LFLY : shiro vs alvarado
SW : menayothin vs jerusalem II

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Heavy
Joshua vs Fury (based on the assumption he beats Wilder, which I think is likely, but not definite)

Cruiser
Same

Light Heavy
Bivol vs Gvozdyk

Super Middle
Smith vs Plant

Middle
Canelo vs Andrade

Light middle
Hurd vs Lara vs Castano winner, so maybe Hurd vs Lara II

Welter
Porter vs Thurman II

Light welter
Prograis vs Taylor

Light
Lomachencko vs Commey

Super Feather
Berchelt vs Ito

Feather
Santa Cruz vs Russell

Super Bantam
Dogboe vs Roman (assuming he gets recenge against Navarrete)

Bantam
Tete vs Inoue

Super Fly
Rungvasai vs Estrada II

Fly
Edwards vs Dalakian

Light Fly
Shiro vs Kyoguchi

Straw
Menayothin vs Niyomtrong

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Do you favor Oubaali over Nery

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Me? I don't know, that is a very interesting fight, you?
For 140, 118, on my list I am predicting what the WBSS finals will be.

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I was trying to reply to NF, but I suppose you as well. I think Nery will win a clear decision, but Oubaali will have success in spots. Prograis vs. Taylor is the fight to make at 140lbs overall so I hope Prograis remains in the tournament now that the dates are supposedly set.

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Hearing Nery may have to pull out of his upcoming bout due to weight issues. Think he should just move up?

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Where did you hear that?

Edit: Never mind, I found it. It would be a real disappointment if the fight didn't happen. the Undercard sucks outside of that fight.

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I'm very impressed by Nery, but I wonder if a fighter can keep the chin safe, pick him off in the early-mid rounds, might have the beating of him, maybe not, he is certainly a puncher, seems to have great power, and not letting him hit you clean is easier said than done, but Oubaali did great against Warren, overall, he is more experienced than Nery, might have better pedigree overall even though Nery fought Yamanaka, and I wonder how well Nery takes a shot, he has been down twice, Oubaali can punch a bit himself, so that would be a very interesting fight which seems very likely to happen because of the WBC.

No reason not to, Relikh has the WBA title, in the final, there is the WBSS trophy, as well as the chance to win two titles, why not take that?, only reason I can think of is delays, but the date is set now for April.

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I haven't seen the Tabugon fight where he's dropped in the first but I have seen the Villanueva fight and I don't think his chin is an issue based on that. He just got reckless and got countered. I doubt he would leave himself that open in the future, and he didn't versus Yamanaka who was old but had a great punch. Oubaali and Nery are a very good stylistic match, both aggressive guys who will throw a lot of punches, so I hope Nery doesn't have to move up.

The tournament may have more financial issues than the public knows, and Prograis may be worried about getting paid.

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I have seen it as well, he wasn't badly hurt, but he got put down, clean knockdowns as well.

True, lets just hope the financial issues aren't too bad. A tournament is the answer to the 'ducking' issues, best not fighting the best, but obviously, for business related reasons, there aren't many. I have no idea what is going on with that welterweight tournament.

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nery has never been tested and I'm french so I'm a little biased

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He beat Yamanaka who was considered the #1 Bantamweight

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Heavyweight: Joshua Vs. Wilder (Fight could end any second.)
Cruiserweight: Gassiev Vs. Glowacki (The 2 best guys at that division when Usyk moves up.
Lightheavyweight: Bivol Vs. Beterbiev (AMAZING fight stylistically, and a gr8 fight for Russia.)
Supermiddleweight: Smith Vs. Plant (The 2 best guys at the division.)
Middleweight: GGG Vs. Charlo (GGG will show Charlo what it's like to get put out.)
Lightmiddleweight: Hurd Vs. Charlo (Great fight with all the talk)
Welterweight: Crawford Vs. Spence (Amazing fight, especially stylistically.)
Superlightweight: Taylor Vs. Prograis (True 50/50 fight.)
Lightweight: Loma Vs. Mikey/Campbell (Since Mikey is fighting Spence and will most likely lose)
Superfeatherweight: Berchelt Vs. Davis (Berchelt will be the first guy to come at Tank.)
Featherweight: Cruz Vs. Russell (Russell is better than Valdez and Warrington imo.)
Superbantamweight: Vargas Vs. Estrada (Estrada beat Rung Visia imo.)
Bantamweight: Inoue Vs. Nery (Time to see the drug cheat get pumbled.)
Superflyweight: Rung Visai Vs. Ioka (Ioka got robbed against Nietes)

I don't know enough about the other divisions to make a fair judgement :(

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You want Estrada to jump up two weights to fight...Rey Vargas?

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When I made that comment, boxrec said that they were in the same division.
Change it to Navarrate.

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Oh okay, it is because he took a stay busy fight that was above the Bantamweight limit

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Heavyweight-
Joshua VS Fury

Cruiserweight-
Gassiev vs Tabiti

Light Heavyweight-
Kovalev vs Beterbiev

Super Middleweight-
Callum Smith vs David Benavidez

Middleweight-
Golovkin vs Jermall Charlo

Super Welterweight-
Hurd vs Munguia

Welterweight-
Crawford vs Spence

Super Lightweight-
Hooker vs Jose Ramirez (while WBSS is happening)

Lightweight-
Lomachenko vs Mikey Garcia

Super Featherweight-
Berchelt vs Tank Davis

Featherweight-
Gary Russel vs Warrington

Super Bantamweight-
Rigondeaux vs Navarrete

Bantamweight-
Nery vs Inoue

Super Flyweight-
Estrada vs Nietes

Flyweight-
Tanaka vs Andrew Selby

Light Flyweight-
Ken Shiro vs Kyoguchi

Minimumweight-
Menayothin vs Niyomtrong

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Heavyweight: Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder II (After a thrilling first fight, Fury needs to avenge that controversial draw)

Cruiserweight: Yunier Dorticos vs Oleksander Usyk (Dorticos was on his way to outpointing Murat Gassiev to set up an Usyk showdown before Gassiev landed a lucky punch and stopped him in the twelfth. The two best in the division need to clash before Usyk's potential move up to heavyweight)

Light Heavyweight: A WBSS (There are too many champions in this division; we need a Super Series. Callum Johnson should fight Artur Beterbiev again after a fight where both were dropped. Sergey Kovalev, the division leader, should fight Dmitry Bivol, the division runner up, in what will be a stunning unification fight between the two Russians. Oleksandr Gvozdyk should fight Marcus Browne, because Browne beat Badou Jack, who drew with Adonis Stevenson, who Gvozdyk knocked out. Finally, Sullivan Barrera should fight Badou Jack. Eleider Alvarez is finished if you ask me)

Super Middleweight: Callum Smith vs Gilberto Ramirez (Undefeated WBSS winner Callum Smith should fight fellow undefeated former WBO champion Gilberto Ramirez. A clash of unbeaten fighters is always a thriller. Plus, Smith needs a first defence against a worthy opponent, and Ramirez needs to actually battle a world class fighter for once)

Middleweight: Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez III (Gennady Golovkin needs to avenge the two robberies he suffered to Canelo, even if the Mexican loses to Daniel Jacobs. The trilogy must end here)

Super Welterweight: Tony Harrison vs Jermell Charlo II (After the Texan champion was whipped by Harrison, Charlo will be wanting revenge, and Harrison will be wanting a knockout)

Welterweight: Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman (With Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. unavailable, the two WBA champions should fight in what will be Thurman's biggest test, and maybe Pacquiao's last fight)

Super Lightweight: Josh Taylor/Ivan Baranchyk vs Kiryl Relikh (There are too few decent matchups outside the WBSS, so the winners of the Super Series Semi-Finals are the best option)

Lightweight: Richard Commey vs Emmanuel Tagoe (A matchup between the two Ghanaians should be a thriller. With Commey being the IBF champion, and Tagoe the IBF International champion, that should make Tagoe one of Commey's mandatories, so this may be one of the most likely fights on the list)

Super Featherweight: Gervonta Davis vs Masayuki Ito (A unification between these two fighters should decide who the division leader is)

Featherweight: Oscar Valdez vs Leo Santa Cruz (A unification between the two Mexicans should decide who the division leader here is, too)

Super Bantamweight: Diego De La Hoya vs Rey Vargas (I think Diego De La Hoya is ready to step up and challenge fellow Mexican and WBC champion Rey Vargas. Vargas needs a defence, and De La Hoya needs to prove himself)

Bantamweight: Naoya Inoue/Emmanuel Rodriquez vs Nonito Donaire/Zolani Tete (Again, there are too few decent matchups outside the WBSS, so the winners of the Super Series Semi-Finals are the best option)

Super Flyweight: Jerwin Ancajas vs Donnie Nietes (A Filipino unification should be a thriller that should decide who the division leader here is as well)

Flyweight: Charlie Edwards vs Andrew Selby (A Battle of the Brits. Should be a thriller. Edwards needs a defence and Selby needs a title shot. Both men have decisioned former WBC champion Christopher Rosales by a similar margin, so it should be interesting to see who comes out on top)

Light Flyweight: Ken Shiro vs Hiroto Kyoguchi (A unification between the two undefeated Japs should decide who the division leader here is yet again)

Minimumweight: Knockout CP Freshmart vs Chayaphon Moonsri (A unification between the two undefeated Thais should decide who the divisio . . . never mind. You know what I'm going to say. I think I've become a little too repetitive. Anyway, it should be a thrille . . . I'm repeating myself again aren't I? Never mind.

Catchweight: Kell Brook vs Amir Khan (This grudge match between the two British rivals needs to happen at some point this year. It's now or never. Khan just needs to man up and make the jump to Super Welterweight)

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"(Dorticos was on his way to outpointing Murat Gassiev to set up an Usyk showdown before Gassiev landed a lucky punch and stopped him in the twelfth. The two best in the division need to clash before Usyk's potential move up to heavyweight)" Huh? Once Gassiev found the range after four rounds Dorticos was there to be hit for the whole fight. It was a good fight but Dorticos was outclassed, there was no luck to it. Twelve people scored the fight here and no one had Dorticos winning more than four rounds going into the twelfth, and only one person had him winning a single round outside of the first four.

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"Once Gassiev found the range after four rounds Dorticos was there to be hit for the whole fight. It was a good fight but Dorticos was outclassed, there was no luck to it. Twelve people scored the fight here and no one had Dorticos winning more than four rounds going into the twelfth, and only one person had him winning a single round outside of the first four." I had Dorticos winning against Gassiev. He is an underrated powerhouse who has the skill to outclass Usyk once the WBSS is over.

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What? Hahahahaha. That has to be one of the worst stances I've ever seen. Dorticos got whooped against Gassiev. Even in the early rounds he wasn't doing much; he was merely winning rounds on volume. Gassiev was deflecting that vast majority of those punches with a high guard, and once he got out of the early rounds where Dorticos has big KO power, Gassiev picked him apart. It is a testament to Dortico's chin that he even made it to the final round. Dorticos is a solid fighter, but he has a very basic 1-2 heavy offense and Gassiev figured him out.

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That's your opinion, but I think Dorticos could have outpointed Gassiev if it weren't for that lucky punch in round twelve. Dorticos is more than capable of outclassing Usyk. He's a fighter to watch.

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I want to apologise for my behaviour earlier, if you think Dorticos would out class Usyk and Golovkin got robbed in the second fight, that's your opinion, I very strongly disagree, but that's your opinion, respect that.

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:)