With a few months left, what better way to wrap up the year than with an exciting list of must-see fights? Well, Betiton sport guides you on betting on these popular fixtures that are significant to the boxers and their divisions.
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua, August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
This is one of the highly anticipated matches with the WBA, IBAF, and WBO heavy titles on the line, and the winner progressing to face Fury for the undisputed Champion title.
While Joshua, the English former medalist, has only had two significant losses in his career, one to Usyk and the other to Andy Ruiz Jr, a win in the fight will reinstate and affirm his position as a great boxer.
However, if Usyk’s previous record is anything to go by, then the intensity of the match is incomprehensible. The Ukrainian is an Olympic gold medalist and has also undisputedly won the heavy cruiserweight championship.
Andy Ruiz Jr vs. Luis Ortiz, September 4 in Los Angeles
Andy is a former heavyweight champion, having won the title three times consecutively before losing to Joshua in 2019. What sets the match ideally even is the previous injuries the two have suffered—Ortiz, a hand injury, and Ruiz, a knee injury that saw him seek surgical treatment.
With two consecutive wins of his own in 2019 against Alexander Flores and Charles Martin, the Cuban is expected to put up a spirited fight to clinch a title.
Claressa Shields vs. Savanna Marshall, September 10 in London
Women’s boxing is gaining popularity, especially this year, making this fight a historical event and one of the biggest rivalries in women’s boxing. With the pair fighting for the undisputed middleweight championship, it is a game that you should not miss.
Shield has an impressive track record, having won the WBA, IBF, and WBC titles, the middleweight gold medal in 2012 and 2016, the super-middleweight belts, and the undisputed ruler in the super weight and middleweight divisions.
Marshall is unbeaten as a pro boxer and ranks as the only boxer to knock out Shield, having won the Amateur World Championships in China. She has also won all her World Titles to hold the WBO belt.
With a brutal feud festering around them, this is an exciting match to look forward to, coupled with some trash-talking to spice up the tension.
Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin, September 17 in Las Vegas
After waiting for four years, this trilogy fight is one of the biggest upcoming boxing fights you can’t miss. The match is probably one of the final series between the two, with Canelo set to regain his pride while Golovkin seeks a reprieve for the ‘injustice’ in their previous first two matches.
Last May saw Alvarez lose to WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol at the T-Mobile Arena following a twelve-round unanimous decision by the three judges bench in a 115-113 score.
Gennady’s performance further sets this match apart, especially after his last fight against WBA champion Ryota Murata in April. At 40 years and recently out of shape, the Kazakhstanian will probably have few knockouts to Canelo, while he often doesn’t throw enough punches to knockout Gennady, adding to the game’s intensity.
Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos Jr, October 15, Melbourne Australia
This match should be at the top of your list if you are looking for passion and intensity. Haney is the eighth undisputed king of lightweight, boasting an undefeated record of 28-0, fifteen of the wins originating from knockouts. The two will fight it off at the Rod Laver Stadium, Haney, in a bid to defend his titles, from George, whom he won.
What makes this match interesting is the outcome of a loss or win for George, who has asked for a rematch, according to Clause in his contract.
Deontay Wilder vs. Robert Helenius, October 15, Brooklyn
This fight will be Wilder’s first action after his defeat following a knockout by Tyson Fury in the eleventh round. Considering his size and power, the ‘Nordic Nightmare’ facing Helenius is a risky move for Wilder.
Losing the match could further hurt his career with a long absence in the boxing arena and three previous consecutive losses.