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Boxing: 2021 Outlook

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By Eric Hughes: Upon scanning the boxing schedule, searching the internet for upcoming fights and listening to the latest boxing announcements, one thing is abundantly clear.

With the exception of Miguel Berchelt v Oscar Valdez and Juan Estrada v Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, and Alexander Povetkin v Dillian Whyte there are no mouth-watering fights for fans to look forward to.

With the way things are shaping up the first quarter of 2021 will essentially close with little to no fireworks with fights on paper.

That’s barring a huge upset of Canelo Alvarez when he steps into the ring with heavy underdog Avni Yildirim. The summer looks bleak before another possible Canelo sighting in the fall if he matches up against Billy Joe Saunders.

On a side note about boxing politics, how is it that Billy Joe Saunders enters the conversation of fighting for a title when he recently tested positive for a banned substance.

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On the other hand, Jarrell Big Baby Miller tested positive for a banned substance 3 years ago and has not been in the ring since. Let that sink in a bit while we get back on topic about how 2021 is panning out for the sport of boxing.

In the heavyweight division, there are preliminary discussions about Fury v Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk v Joe Joyce, but after there’s nothing unless you take Andy Ruiz Jr v Chris Arreola seriously enough to stomach watching it.

The cruiserweight and light heavyweight division are silent, and the best match that could be made there is Dimitry Bivol v Artur Beterbiev.

The super middleweight division is offering nothing and you have to feel for David Benavidez as he could easily watch his career go to waste if he doesn’t move up to light heavyweight.

The middleweight division is packed with talent in Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin, Jermall Charlo, Demetrius Andrade, Jaime Munguia, Canelo, and Chris Eubank Jr, which would make for an excellent super 6 tournament.

The most appealing fight at junior middleweight right now has to be Jermell Charlo v Brian Castano, although some may say Charlo v Jarrett Hurd, but that’s it for that division.

Finally the most exciting division the welterweight division should most definitely hold an elite 8 tournament. Look at these fighters with no fight in sight right now.

Errol Spence, Terence Crawford, Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman, Yordenis Ugas, Shawn Porter, Vergil Ortiz, Sergey Lipinets.

Throw in Mikey Garcia and Danny Garcia as replacements and you got yourself a classic waiting to be seen. Junior welterweight we’re waiting to hear about when the Taylor v Ramirez fight will take place other than that there’s nothing on the table.

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Keep going down the weight classes and see all the potential matches that are not even up for discussion.

If 2021 outlook is a prelude to what we can expect from the sport in years to come then the sport will be extinct 5 to 10 years from now.

Promoters need to promote and let’s the fighters do what they do best.

Bob Arum said that Terrance Crawford doesn’t sell his fights and to that this writer says Crawford didn’t ask you to step in the ring, because that’s not your job.




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