The first half of 2022 in boxing offered plenty of action – and surprises – but that only served as a table setting for a far more impactful final half of true superfights.
Anthony Joshua will be looking to become a three-time heavyweight champion when he meets Oleksandr Usyk in a highly anticipated rematch on August 20 in Saudi Arabia. A month later, Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin will wrap up their trilogy with a September 17 fight in Las Vegas for the undisputed super middleweight championship.
Then there’s Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford, who remain on a collision course to fight for the undisputed welterweight championship in November.
What else might be in store? Here are five bold predictions for the rest of 2022:
Tyson Fury agrees to fight Usyk Joshua winner
You’re not buying Fury into retirement after his win over Dillian Whyte in April, are you?
It’s possible Fury won’t fight a second time in 2022, but the wheels will already be in motion before the year is out. I’ll be bold and say he’ll be back in 2023.
The prospect of a fight against the Usyk-Joshua winner will just be too much to pass up, especially if Joshua emerges victorious. Fury-Joshua would be by far the biggest fight in British boxing history. It’s an event years in the making.
But even if Usyk beats Joshua again, it’s hard to imagine Fury missing out on an opportunity to fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship – and nab even more cash in the process.
Fury is still only 33 and at the peak of his powers. Certainly he won’t walk away when he still has so much to give to the sport. Fury has raised the possibility of an exhibition with UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and while that could happen it will not stand in the way of a fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship and the riches that come with it.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was ready to pay $155 million for the rights to a Fury-Joshua fight last year and is reportedly set to spend $80 million on Usyk-Joshua 2. According to sources, what the KSA really values is the undisputed championship and all four belts will be at stake whether Fury fights Usyk or Joshua.
Put simply, Fury is a fighter as he often reminds everyone and it’s true. Forget one more fight: Smart money says Fury has a few more high-profile fights left in his Hall of Fame career.
Spence and Crawford deliver a classic that leads to a rematch
ESPN Boxing Insider Mike Coppinger shares the latest information on the likelihood of an undisputed welterweight championship bout between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford in Las Vegas.
First both teams have to agree on a deal but it seems they are determined to take the fight. It would be a surprise if current talks don’t lead to a meeting of all four welterweight titles before the end of the year.
And when they finally do battle, Spence and Crawford will no doubt deliver an instant classic that more than lives up to the hype. These are two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing and the clash of styles should provide an action-packed match.
Spence is a natural at welterweight and can box both backwards and forwards, but so can Crawford, who’s also a switch hitter with a killer instinct. It’s hard to think of anything other than an ultra-competitive fight leading to a rematch or even a trilogy.
Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano will deliver a rematch to remember
When they met in April, Taylor and Serrano got together for the biggest boxing match in women’s history. That’s no exaggeration.
A sold-out crowd at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden watched as Taylor and Serrano risked everything in 10 brutal rounds to gain dominance pound for pound. But Taylor’s win didn’t come without controversy.
A rematch is natural and could take place in Ireland, Taylor’s home country, in December. Serrano initially returns to the featherweight division on August 6 to defend her three titles against Brenda Carbajal on Jake Paul-Hasim Rahman Jr.’s undercard.
After that, Taylor and Serrano should once again be on a collision course for the biggest rematch in women’s boxing history. Taylor, the undisputed lightweight champion, has no fight scheduled.
Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia will finalize a deal
Stephen A. Smith is thrilled as he describes what makes Gervonta Davis so great.
Davis and Garcia held serious talks last year before Garcia called off negotiations to pursue a dispute with Manny Pacquiao that never materialized.
Now that Garcia is back in the swing of things – assuming he gets past Javier Fortuna on Saturday – the time has come for that superfight in the lightweight division to finally take place.
“Tank” Davis, 27, and Garcia, 23, arguably have the largest followings in boxing among younger fans, and this is blossoming into a great fight in the ring as well. It would undoubtedly be a financial bonanza at the gate and on pay-per-view.
Both possess nimble hands and immense strength, but are untested at the highest level. Plenty of lucrative fights await the winner, be it against undisputed champion Devin Haney or former champion Vasiliy Lomachenko.
GGG to retire after trilogy fight with Alvarez
Canelo Alvarez doesn’t like it when Gennadiy Golovkin pretends to be a nice guy before her press conference.
Golovkin is now 40 and nearing the end of his storied career. For so long he just wanted a third crack against Alvarez, which he’s getting now. This is his last chance to settle a bitter rivalry between them.
Win or lose, Golovkin will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on first ballot as one of the greatest middleweight champions of all time. He’s already made tens of millions of dollars, and his biggest payday to date could be his last.
Golovkin has already conceded that the financial windfall that awaits him will help secure his retirement and it would be fitting that the final bout would be against Alvarez.
Twenty-four rounds couldn’t separate them (a tied tie in the first bout and a majority decision for Alvarez in the rematch), and Golovkin has nothing to go after that.
https://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/34236699/boxing-bold-predictions-tyson-fury-fight-again-gennadiy-golovkin-retire-errol-spence-jr-terence-crawford-happen Bold predictions – Fury will fight again, GGG will retire and Spence-Crawford will finally happen