Welcome to what could also be a brand new Christmas Week/New Yr’s Week custom right here at FightHype. And it was completely NOT born from an “Oh, shit! I completely forgot it’s Sunday as a result of it’s Christmas Day and I gotta get one thing written by tomorrow” second late Sunday afternoon.
Anyway, I’m gonna undergo Field Rec’s prime 25 (their pound-for-pound list– and what a fucking odd pound-for-pound record it’s!) and rattle off my very own Magno-flavored 2023 want for every fighter. Please be at liberty to share your personal want record within the remark part, or simply share your hyperlinks about how we will earn a living on-line, similar to you!
Saul Alvarez: A giant battle that issues. To not disrespect rumored subsequent opponent John Ryder, however I believe the boxing world’s had sufficient of Canelo beating up sport Brits.
Tyson Fury: For the Oleksandr Usyk unification battle to come back via. It’s one of many fights boxing wants. Additionally, a slippery defense– not INSIDE the ring, however OUTSIDE as he geese and dodged career-restricting ties with alleged Irish cartel chief Daniel Kinahan.
Dmitry Bivol: An Artur Beterbiev unification could be candy, but it surely’s trying more and more unlikely. If Beterbiev will not be potential, the want is for Bivol to remain sharp and never drift again into the doldrums of some years in the past that noticed him run via a string of uninspiring performances towards uninspiring opposition.
Terence Crawford: Duh, an Errol Spence unification battle. Oh yeah, and for him to return to his coverage of not giving interviews. This man does NOT do himself any favors when he sits down and opens up.
Gennadiy Golovkin: For the Kazakh KO artist to, for as soon as in his profession, step out from behind the duvet given to him by the fawning boxing media and face an precise problem that isn’t Canelo Alvarez.
Oleksandr Usyk: For the Tyson Fury unification battle to come back via. Additionally, if he’s carrying mascara, to cease carrying mascara.
Anthony Joshua: A sports activities psychologist.
Naoya Inoue: A Stephen Fulton battle. And if that may’t occur, a stylistically difficult opponent who will make him suppose, work, and use elements of his ability set he hasn’t wanted to make use of earlier than.
Errol Spence Jr.: One other duh, here– a Terence Crawford unification battle. Additionally, a lifetime free cross to Uber.
Shakur Stevenson: That legacy-defining light-weight battle that’s undoubtedly on the market at 135, however infinitely laborious to wrangle.
Artur Beterbiev: A lightweight heavyweight title unification with Dmitry Bivol. And, if not Bivol, one other problem who will make him work and make him suppose.
Andy Ruiz: A giant Deontay Wilder battle and the main focus to make it via at the very least one full yr with out sidesteps, again steps, and stalls. Additionally, for his “I do not wanna be fats anymore” t-shirts from the official Andy Ruiz clothes line to change into THE fashion trend assertion of the yr.
Jermell Charlo: A fast restore to his damaged hand so he can starch Tim Tszyu and transfer on to craziness versus Sebastian Fundora.
Regis Prograis: A career-defining win at junior welter and the next-level success that ought to be his. Plus, the return of his Rougarou gimmick.
Josh Taylor: A transparent win or loss towards Jack Catterall of their rematch and than a dive again into the deep waters of 140 or a transfer as much as the deeper waters of 147.
Stephen Fulton: Subsequent-level consideration and recognition for his expertise/talents and a career-high payday/career-defining conflict with Naoya Inoue.
Yordenis Ugas: A wholesome return to motion. I suppose. Personally, I wouldn’t thoughts seeing a Jaron Ennis-Ugas battle in some unspecified time in the future within the close to future.
Joe Joyce: A world title shot. Subsequent dibs on the winner of Fury-Usyk. If not that, a Deontay Wilder bomb fest could be stellar.
Deontay Wilder: Focus and exercise. There are many choices on the market for The Bronze Bomber and all are enticing– Ruiz, Joshua, Joyce, Usyk. The boxing world is best with Deontay in it.
John Ryder: I don’t wanna be merciless right here, however possibly a contact of vertigo that retains him out of a Canelo Alvarez battle. Ryder is an effective man, an excellent fighter, and an sincere, earnest battler, however he’s not a compelling B-side for Alvarez.
Devin Haney: A real career-defining win/effort in his bout with Vasiliy Lomachenko. And, for me, a greater understanding of how Haney is ranked a lowly no. 21 on Field Rec’s pound-for-pound record.
George Kambosos Jr.: Isaac Cruz vs. George Kambosos. How’s that for an intriguing battle of excessive second-tier/top-tier-aspiring lightweights?
Gervonta Davis: Pint-sized Mike Tyson stardom and a stellar efficiency towards Ryan Garcia. And, additionally, an understanding of why he’s ranked so low on Field Rec’s pound-for-pound record.
Chris Eubank Jr.: A return to being a related high-end fighter and never simply Eubank Sr.’s child…and an understanding of why Field Rec ranks him above at the very least two dozen extra deserving fighters.
Vergil Ortiz Jr.: A world title shot on the winner of Crawford-Spence or a shot at both Crawford or Spence ought to the unification get cockblocked once more. Additionally, that his battle with Eimantas Stanionis can be as entertaining accurately.
Okay…That’s it. Don’t blame me if a few of your favorites weren’t talked about right here. Field Rec has, as the children say, a whack-ass pound-for-pound record.
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