Boxing 2022: Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia, Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr. among the top battles to make

As schedule constraints due to the pandemic begin to fade in 2021, the sport of boxing has become one of its best years in recent memory.

Not only is there a consistent series of big fights scheduled, often they exceed expectations coming up. From heavyweight and heavyweight bouts of big time at the pay-per-view level to history made in the form of undisputed multiplayer champions, boxing is hotter than the past 12 months.

It’s only natural to enter the new year with a must-see list of couples. Let’s take a closer look at the five things that top this writer’s wish list for 2022.

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1. Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia

Choose your poison from the perspective of which match will excite you most in an all-star lightweight division that also features the likes of Teofimo Lopez Jr., Devin Haney, George Kambosos Jr. and former unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko. As long as any of the top lightweight content goes head-to-head, boxing will be in a good place in 2022. But the fight to hit the 135-pound level that delivers the most excitement in the ring could just be home. multi-division champion and pay-star high-angle Davis against undefeated teammate Garcia, who brings to mind a huge social media following him in every game. Not only did their style contrast perfectly with Davis, an effective counter-attacker, and Garcia as an aggressive stalker with fearsome hand speed, both of whom made it to the knockouts for the entire bout. It’s rare in modern boxing that two young stars with the backing of their rivals go head-to-head when they’re so young with Davis at 27 and Garcia just turning 23. But the fight is sure to be big business. and it’s hard to imagine it failing. so is the ring. It’s a fight where the shooter can knock out an adult first, and it’s the kind of fighting style that creates boxing fans of a lifetime.

2. Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr.

Consider their respective ages (Crawford 34, Spence 31) and the many career-threatening injuries Spence has faced in recent years (from a terrifying car accident to retinal surgery. peeled off), more and more critics are considering whether the main window for this superfight has closed. A perennial choice for this list for years, boxing’s unfortunate political and network divides have prevented fans from witnessing such an important showdown between what appeared to be two all-time heavyweights. But Crawford’s withdrawal from his Top Rated ad contract to become a free agent has provided some optimism that 2022 could be the year. Both fighters are ranked in the top 5 pound-for-pound and both can do it as science fighters or power punchers. Spence, the IBF and WBC champion, will first need to unify the belt with WBA champion Yordenis Ugas to open the year. Crawford will also need to sign Top Boxing Champion Al Haymon, representing Spence, for the fight to take place. Better late than never, this is the fight the historic weight class needs and could be this generation’s version of Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns.

3. Canelo Alvarez vs light heavyweight

Take your pick from a trio of current 175-pound world champions for the weight king to choose, but each will be a match not to be missed as Alvarez continues to cement his legacy of greatness. his era. Having just unified all four belts in the super middleweight for the first time in boxing history, there’s good reason to believe light heavyweight will be Alvarez’s next conquest. Don’t forget, Alvarez previously won the 175-pound WBC belt in 2019 by knocking out Sergey Kovalev before vacating the title. Although Alvarez’s manager/trainer, Eddy Reynoso, might have preferred a bolder move up cruiser for the title against Ilunga Makabu, the transition to light heavyweight would be more realistic given his size. Alvarez. That’s not to say killing 175-pound titles will be an easy task. For such restrained WBO champion Joe Smith Jr, he brings tremendous power. Meanwhile, WBA champion Dmitry Bivol is an elite boxer with a strong amateur lineage. And then there’s the WBC and IBF champion, Artur Beterbiev, who can do it all as a boxer or puncher but seems to be faltering a bit at 36 despite a 17-0 record with 17 kills. Alvarez’s résumé is already untouchable from a Hall-of-Famer standpoint, but accepting such a dangerous challenge to pursue all the belts in light heavyweight will only strengthen him. me as the most ambitious post-Floy elite boxer of the Mayweather era-Manny Pacquiao.

4. Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez Jr.

It looks like Lopez’s days at 135 may be behind him after a painful loss to Kambosos, the new unified lightweight champion. Lopez can do unmissable battles with any young star at lightweight or rematch Lomachenko, the former P4P king. But at 24, even with the turmoil in his personal life over the past year, it seems that Lopez’s body has grown out of department. If he goes up to 140 pounds, an immediate historic opportunity may await him in the form of undefeated and unified middleweight boss Josh Taylor. It was a fight that promised the perfect combination of drama and high level skill and also an easy battle to do as both fighters shared the Top Rated as promoters. Well, the jury is still out on whether Lopez will be able to clean up her external affairs in time to get the best out of this dangerous fight. But neither he nor his courageous father/coach of the same name has been anything but audacious throughout his short career in pursuing great challenges and conquering them.

5. Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano

It’s been a long time since a women’s boxing match has had this much momentum and so much uncertainty about who will come out on top. And while it is predicted that these two superstars will claim Taylor’s undisputed lightweight title in 2022, let’s not ignore how great this matchup really is. Serrano, who has won titles in seven weight classes from 118 to 140 pounds, is the most highly regarded champion in women’s boxing history. Taylor, meanwhile, is largely recognized as the best female fighter at the moment from a P4P point of view. As for the stakes, and the fact that both are still in their prime physically, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call this the biggest women’s boxing match ever seen. It also has the potential to be a huge theater with their aggressive style as Taylor rarely backs down and Serrano is known for carrying his power at every stop on the scale. If there was ever a fight to make a necessary three-minute change on the women’s side panel, this superfight would be it.

Honorable mention: Winner Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk / Anthony Joshua II, Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire II, Canelo Alvarez vs David Benavidez, Shakur Stevenson vs Oscar Valdez, Stephen Fulton Jr. With. Murodjon Akhmadaliev Boxing 2022: Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia, Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr. among the top battles to make

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