There are still many highly anticipated fights ahead in 2022, including Josh Warrington and Joshua Taylor.
There are also many rumors surrounding some big fights that could happen this year. With that in mind, here are the competitions boxing fans must claim before the year ends:
Errol Spence Jr vs. Terence Crawford
Fight fans around the world have been clamoring for this encounter for years. It’s a generational struggle.
Two undefeated welterweights collide to become the undisputed champion of the 147-pound division.
Spence has a record of 28-0-0 and holds the WBC, WBA and IBF belts, while former 140-pound undisputed champion Crawford has a record of 38-0-0 and is currently defending the WBA belt.
Crawford pulls off a fantastic win over Shawn Porter, who wins by stoppage in the tenth round. Spence defeated Yordenis Ugas earlier this year and added the WBA belt to his collection.
All roads now lead to this mega battle. Both men regularly find themselves in the top ten pound-for-pound rankings, making this potential encounter incredibly compelling for fight fans.
Negotiations are ongoing, so let’s hope we don’t miss out on another generational struggle because of boxing politics.
Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia
There aren’t many other fights that would draw as much attention as this pair.
A wild punch in Tank Davis against Garcia’s lightning fast hands. Both have been vocal about this competition from their organizers, with December being a possible date.
Garcia’s hype was realized when he defeated former Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell by brutal body gunshot in 2021. The 23-year-old faced his own mental struggles after the fight and stalled the momentum behind his career.
His most recent victory was impressive, brushing aside Javier Fortuna a couple of weeks ago and reigniting demand for this fight.
Tank is unbeaten in 27 fights; His most notable victory came from a vicious uppercut to the jaw of the highly acclaimed Leo Santa-Cruz.
The two fighters are demanding it, but the real challenge will be finding an agreement between the two separate broadcasters in DAZN and Showtime. Once again, boxing fans may need to wait a little longer before this fight is officially announced.
Sunny Edwards vs. Julia Cesar Martinez
A fight that actually seems to be on the verge of completion is Sunny Edwards vs. Julia Cesar Martinez. The Style Matchup is the perfect boxer vs. puncher scenario.
Edwards currently holds the IBF flyweight belt while his potential opponent is the WBC champion. This competition has a fascinating backstory. The Mexican fought the Brit’s brother Charlie in 2019 but the fight was declared a no-contest due to a brutal late punch from Martinez.
Edwards oozes class with his refined boxing style – this was recognized on the world stage when he defeated longtime champion Moruti Mthalane.
It may not garner the same level of attention as the other fights on the lists, but it holds great appeal as a 50/50 flyweight bout.
Jack Catterall vs Joshua Taylor 2
The first fight between the two was supposed to be a clear win for Taylor, but it wasn’t easy. A dramatic fight that ended in the Scot’s points victory, a decision met with anger.
Catterall put on a career-best performance against the undisputed 140-pound champion, dropping him in the eighth round. Both fighters are adamant they won the first affair and talks for a rematch have already begun.
Taylor will again go into the sequel as a favorite due to his phenomenal record, including victories over Regis Prograis and Jose Ramirez.
The rivalry between the two has turned nasty, with numerous Twitter spats since their first fight in March. It would be great to see the two settle their scores one more time.
Josh Warrington versus Leigh Wood
A stunning domestic fight that would go for the regular IBF and WBA featherweight world titles.
Leeds vs Nottingham. Both fans would create a cacophony of noise wherever this fight took place.
Wood is on his career path – dominating Xu Can and then knocking out Michael Conlan in the last round in one of the most dramatic fights in recent memory. Warrington was on the same path until he met Mauricio Lara.
The unidentified Mexican took his chance and knocked the Leeds man unconscious. Warrington has since earned the IBF belt after dominating Kiko Martinez earlier in the year.
Both men would be supremely confident and their combined styles would produce a homegrown classic.
There are other options for the couple, but none would create the potential atmosphere that we would see here.