THOUGH Golovkin looked unimpressive against Derevyanchenko, a win is a win and he has bounced back from that controversial decision loss to Canelo Alvarez in 2018. The fight that fans really want next year is that third installment, especially since Golovkin will be turning 38 in 2020.
6.) Errol Spence (26-0, 21 KOs)--In a career-defining fight, Errol Spence looked very impressive when he defeated Shawn Porter via split decision. That victory practically earned him a much awaited superfight against Terrence Crawford.
A horrific car crash in October had everybody worried he might not be able to resume his career anytime soon. But a medical report revealed that there were no serious injuries so we might be seeing that superfight after all, probably late next year.
7.) Manny Pacquiao (62-7, 39 KOs)--Looks like our fighting senator isn’t ready to ride off into the sunset just yet. A victory over the strong, brutish Keith Thurman last July showed he is still one of the best fighters in the sport.
Sure, he’s lost a step or three and his blistering combinations are getting rarer, but he is still good enough to beat you if you don’t have the skill and the endurance when he takes you into deeper waters.
8.) Deontay Wilder (42-0, 41 KOs)--Just last month, the “Bronze Bomber” knocked out Luis Ortiz for the second time in as many fights, cementing his claim as being the best heavyweight fighter in the world.
Never mind that Anthony Joshua was able to exact revenge over the blubbery Andy Ruiz. Wilder is still undefeated and probably has the most dangerous right hand in the sport right now.
VERBATIM. “All I want for Christmas is Wlad’s two front teeth”—-Shannon Briggs on social media
LAST ROUND. It’s on my daughter, Julie Emmanuelle who turns 19 this December 24. Happy Birthday my “two poise.” Cheers!