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.
Bektemir Melikuziev (4-0, 3) vs Jaime Munguia (35-0, 28)
One thing we don't see enough of in boxing is unbeaten fighters risking their "0's" against each other at a young age. Today we consider a bout where two men, both in their early 20's, clash risking their unbeaten records, in what would be a sure fire humdinger of a bout. Not only would it be a great bout but it would also see the potential winner proving a serious point about their skills and their durability.
In one corner would be destructive Uzbek Bektemir Melikuziev, a former amateur standout who had turned pro and raced away with impressive performances. Unlike many prospect the talk with Melikuziev isn't just talk, but instead the Uzbek is chasing big fights early in the hope of becoming big news quickly. His first two wins both came against veterans at Light Heavyweight but the general view is that his natural weight is Middleweight, and he gradually move down to 160lbs as he gets closer and closer to big fights.
In the other corner we get all action Mexican Jaime Munguia, a former WBO Light Middleweight champion who recently moved to Middleweight. Munguia is known as an all-action fighter, who will throw a lot of leather. He can be out boxed, as we saw against Dennis Hogan, but few will manage to match his out put, and it's that that he relies on to win bouts. With his output and durability being matched against the power and skills of Melikuziev we would expect a very exciting clash of styles, and the win would certainly end up taking shots on route to picking up a victory.
Although lacking in terms of professional experience Melikuziev was a very accomplished amateur and has converted to the professional ranks with ease, looking like a natural. Munguia once looked like the next star of Mexican boxing but a few poor performances have seen fans cool on him quickly, and suggest that he's no longer improving. This would be a chance, on paper, for Melikuziev to score a win over former world champion, and get his name into the mix, or a chance for Munguia to show technical improvements against a former 2-time World Amateur Championship medal winner.
No matter who wins we suspect this would be amazing to watch, and if it's delayed until later in the year in could have big stakes on the line, such as being a potential world title eliminator.
(Image courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions and Olamsports)
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