As we head towards the new year we've had a big look at the current scene and come up with "20 fights we'd like to see in 2020", yeah another series ahead of the new decade!
As is always the case with what we do, these articles will have an Asian flavour, and every bout we mention in the series will have at least 1 fighter from Asia involved. So for those of you expecting us to talk about Deontay Wilder Vs Anthony Joshua, that won't be listed.
What we'll be looking at is well matched contests with either some form of back story, a great stylistic clash or bouts with some form of significant meaning. If they tick all the boxes then that is even better! Each fight will be given it's own article and each of these will come with an introduction to the fighters, and why the bout is being featured in the list.
Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23) Vs Roman Gonzalez (48-2, 40)
As we found out in late 2019 veterans who have both shown signs of being past their best can make for amazing bouts. Hee we look at another potential all veteran match that could provide some incredible action, with one of the best pressure fighters in recent years taking on one of the most well schooled and intelligent fighters in recent years. Better yet these bout would be a meeting of men who are both 4 weight world champions and both want a huge bout in 2020, before potentially retiring in the near future.
Filipino veteran Donnie Nietes hasn't lost since a controversial defeat in Indonesian back in September 2004. Since then he has gone 31-0-4 (15) and won world titles at 105lbs, 108lbs, 112lbs and 115lbs. Not only has he been a huge success story for Filipino boxing but, unlike many world champions, he has taken his show on the road, picking up wins in Mexico, the US and Macau whilst looking for a career defining victory. He's had a host of solid wins, but is still looking for that one massive win. At the age of 37, soon to be 38, it very much feels like it will be this year or never, and retirement surely looms if he can't get in a big fight in 2020.
Nicaraguan great Roman Gonzalez has also picked up titles from 105lbs all the way up to 115lbs, and his resume is one of the best in the sport. He is however still looking to rebuild following a long break from the ring, which ended last year with an easy comeback bout. Gonzalez is being eyed up by several of the current world champions but we'd actually prefer to see him fight one more bout before getting a shot at the top, and why not do so with someone who is not a huge puncher, but is well regarded in the sport, and has a career that has ran parallel to his own?
We see this as a true "must win", and the loser really has nowhere to go, but given their ages a loss by either likes spells the end no matter who it's too. Nietes has publicly wanted this bout for years, and it would be amazing to see his technical skills up against the aggression and power of Gonalez. We'd favour Gonzalez, who is younger, stronger and more imposing, but it would be amazing to see the ring craft and IQ on show here! Really a big one for us if this can get made!
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