2018 was a fantastic year for boxing, with so many standout bouts to reflect on over the last 12 months. Hopefully, this year can top that even further and, given by what has already been scheduled so far, it should be a cracker.
Here are three fights that we’re all hoping will happen in 2019 and where your money should go if you’re looking to place a bet.
Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury II
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury were involved in one of the best heavyweight contests of the last decade when the pair met in Vegas last month. The contest finished in a draw, and both men were unhappy with that verdict as they felt they had won. Fury was knocked down in the final round of the fight, and it looked like he was going to be beaten by a stoppage; however, he miraculously got up before the end of the 10 count.
Given their contrasting styles, a second fight between these two is sure to be just as good. A rematch will not only offer us some fantastic entertainment, but we can then see who is ready to step up to face Anthony Joshua, who is generally regarded as number one in the heavyweight division right now.
Wilder floored Fury twice in the first contest, and it is hard to see the British boxer getting up again if he is caught clean, so the best bet would be to back the defending champion to win by stoppage, which is as big as 6/4 with the bookmakers.
Amir Khan v Kell Brook
A UK domestic showdown between Amir Khan and Kell Brook has been talked about for a number of years now, but there has to be a strong chance the pair of welterweights will finally meet in 2019 as they are now both promoted by Matchroom Sport.
Khan is set to face Terence Crawford for the WBO title in April. Given his speed and experience, he could be a decent outside bet to win that contest, for which he is 11/2 with the bookmakers to do so. Those backing Khan can also pick up some free bets by opening a new account; therefore, all is not lost, even if the British boxer is unable to pull off an upset in New York.
Vasyl Lomachenko v Mikey Garcia
Vasyl Lomachenko is considered by many boxing fans to be the number one pound-for-pound boxer in the world today.
The Ukrainian had a fantastic amateur career, and he has already transferred that success across to the professional sport. What makes Lomachenko so great is that he has dodged absolutely nobody in and around his divisions. In his last three fights, he has had victories over Guillermo Rigondeaux, Jorge Linares and Jose Pedraza, the latter to unify the WBO and WBA titles.
He’ll be defending his belts against an unnamed opponent in April, but it would be great to see him take on Mikey Garcia later in 2019 as the American would definitely cause him one or two problems. That said, the smart money will still be on Lomachenko to win that fight on points in what could be a thriller.
Fingers crossed we all get our wishlists for 2019 and see some fantastic boxing in the ring.