As we head towards a new year we've decided to look into our glass balls, our tea leaves and our palms to come up with 20 predictions which will be posted over the coming weeks for what we think will happen in 2020. So far our predictions haven't been the best though they've not all been wrong.
In 2013 we predicted that Naoya Inoue, his brother Takuma and Kosei Tanaka would all win world titles. Between them they've won a few world titles, though Takuma has yet to win a proper world title. That same year we also predicted a growth in Chinese boxing, and this arguably happened despite the fact the Macau side of things has died off. We also predicted a growth in Asian fighters making a name for themselves in the US, this was before Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Naoya Inoue or Kazuto Ioka had fought on US soil, and before the wave of Uzbek's had began to attract US attention.
Unlike the past, where we have made all of our predictions in 1 article, we'll be spreading these ones out with 1 prediction per article, and going more in depth than we have in the past.
Prediction number 3 - A dome fight in Japan
At one point in 2019 it seemed like we were going to see the WBSS Bantamweight final between Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire take place at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka.
The rumours all lead that way before the Saitama Super Arena was select to host the contest, but it put the idea in motion for boxing to return to one of the Japanese domes, most notably either the "Big Egg" in Tokyo or the smaller Kyocera Dome, aka the Osaka Dome. Neither of which have hosted boxing in years, with Osaka Dome last hosting a fight in 1999 and the Tokyo Dome not being used since 1990.
Whilst it's been a long, long time since either dome was used Japanese fighters are now getting enough to attention for at least 2 of them to draw a sizeable audience to one of the two domes. Both Inoue and Ryota Murata, with the right opponent, could make it worth whilst and it certainly seems like there is desire to return to a dome for a big show.
Whilst there are other domes, the Fukuoka Dome, the Sapporo Dome and the Nagoya Dome, it would appear much more difficult to draw a big enough audience to any of those to make it worth while, but the Osaka and Tokyo venues are certainly viable for the right fights.
We predict that by the end of 2020 we will see a Dome fight, potentially the much talked about showdown between Ryota Murata and Gennady Golovkin. If that Middleweight clash doesn't land in Japan it may take a Monster showdown with Inoue and another global name to fill up a Dome, or...
...a third potential way to sell out a dome would be for Bob Arum, who actually promoters both Inoue and Murata, to double deck the show and put both of the stars on the same card, for a bumper show in Japan. It would allow him to spend less on the opponents for the two men and could well be sold as the biggest Japanese boxing event of the 21st century. Of course scheduling issues in regards to time may cause issues with this possibility, but we see the demand for a Dome fight being enough for Arum to potentially put on an historic show in either of the aforementioned domes.
This is just an opinion, maaaan! It's easy to share our opinions, and that's what you'll find here, some random opinion pieces