Boxing is alive and very well. In fact, the sport is at a great place as we could be in store for plenty of big fights in the next 12 months. There are several champions who are making moves either to unify the division or move to challenge other champions. So, what are the biggest “champion versus champion” bouts we could see in the boxing odds?
Spence Jr vs Crawford
For the past few years, talks have been back and forth on a unification match between welterweight champions Errol Spence Jr. (WBA, WBC, IBF) and Terence “Bud” Crawford (WBO). The two are apparently finally closing in on a deal, as we wait with bated breath. The sportsbook favors Crawford, though very slightly.
Fury vs Usyk
Tyson Fury is proclaimed as the best heavyweight of his era. However, to truly earn that status, he’d then have to beat the winner of Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk. The latter stunned Joshua to win the WBA, IBF, and WBO titles and is favored to do it again. Fans and promoters would rather see Fury-Joshua, but a Fury-Usyk fight should still be big.
Taylor vs Serrano
We will see the sequel to the greatest women’s boxing match in history, but when? Amanda Serrano has been tabbed to co-headline an event in Madison Square Garden in defense of her featherweight belts. Katie Taylor will be waiting for Serrano with more bets online on her side as she enters the rematch as the favorite.
Haney vs Davis
Gervonta Davis is boxing’s hottest free agent, and his name is linked to a slew of boxers. including Ryan Garcia. However, the real money fight is against Devin Haney, who just took out George Kambosos Jr. to capture all the titles in the division. Davis is recognized as the “regular” WBA champ. Haney will need a big payday to take on the hardest puncher at 135 lbs.
Bivol vs Beterbiev
Dmitry Bivol is riding high after stunning Canelo Alvarez. There aren’t too many fights he can take now, except a unification bout against Artur Beterbiev. Like Bivol, Beterbiev is unbeaten and has won all 18 of his pro bouts via knockout. This could be the best fight on this list if it happens.
Alvarez/Golovkin vs Benavidez
Speaking of Alvarez, he completes his trilogy against Gennady Golovkin (GGG). While a big favorite, the aging Golovkin has proven he can still crack. The winner could book a fight against the interim WBC champion David Benavidez. Alvarez may aim for another fight at light heavyweight, and GGG may retire, but the prospect of fighting the division’s next big thing is too good to not mention.
Akhmadaliev vs Fulton
Now this one is truly for “all the marbles,” as Murodjon Akhmadaliev pits his WBA and IBF titles against Stephen Fulton’s WBC and WBO belts. The latter has already set his sight on Akhmadaliev and there is a chance we see this one for the two super bantamweight champs. Fulton has also called out bantamweight king Naoya Inoue.
Estrada vs Rungvisai
Give an asterisk to this, as Rungvisai is not a champion. Juan Francisco Estrada is set to defend his WBA (super) title against Raymond Tabugon in about where he should be heavily favored. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai failed to capture the WBC belt against Jesse Rodriguez, but this trilogy is still deserving of a spot here.
Inoue vs Casimero
Inoue is coming off a scintillating knockout of living legend Nonito Donaire, now in possession of three of the four boxing titles. He may face Paul Butler, the holder of the WBO belt, but the “real” fight is against former holder John Riel Casimero. This is a prospective bout that’s been in the works before, and with Casimero slated as the number-one contender by WBO, we’d still see this prior to Inoue stepping out of his division.