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.
Can Xu (18-2, 3) Vs Josh Warrington (30-0, 7)
We love chaos, we love high volume fighters and we love unification bouts. Few bouts tick those boxes as much as this potential Featherweight bout between two men who lack in terms of concussive power, but make for it in terms of volume, and willingness to let their hands go very freely. Given that one of the aims of this series is to talk about fights that would be exciting, we don't think we could come up with a more sure fire war than this one!
In one corner is Chinese "Monster" Can Xu, a 25 year old who burst on to the scene in 2019 and wowed with his his incredible work rate. He shocked the division by out pointing Jesus M Rojas in January for the WBA "regular" title before making two defenses, against Shun Kubo and Manny Robles III. Xu is a willing participant in a fire fight, and is capable of throwing in excess of 1500 punches in a 12 round fight. On paper his KO rate suggests he lacks power, but the reality is that he hits hard enough to get respect, and often enough to keep that respect. In many ways he hurts people by simply wearing them out, and mentally defeats them as much as physically. Few will have the gas tank to keep up with him, and few will deter him from unleashing his whirlwind of shots
In the other corner is Englishman Josh Warrington, the IBF champion and a man who has a solid following in the UK. Warrington won his title in May 2018 and has defended it against Carl Frampton, Kid Galahad and Sofiane Takoucht. Like Xu we've seen Warrington try to give the people counting punch numbers a heart attack with incredible volume and has proven to be capable of throwing a silly number of punches himself. He's got more experience and has fought better fighters than Xu, so will be full of confidence, though for the first time he would be in with someone who would be able to match in terms of volume, and that would be really interesting to see how he'd respond, especially given that Xu is the naturally bigger man.
If this was made it would be incredible fun to watch. It would be very much like a fight from some sort of movie, with two men letting go of shots incredibly freely. Compubox, or whichever system is employed to count the punches thrown, would likely see their operators want to find a new job afterwards. They would be two men unleashing a non-stop fury of punches at each other at close to mid range and would be a clear Fight of the Year contender. If we got this one we suspect that we'll have something we'll be talking about for years afterwards.
At the moment it seems like Warrington is eyeing a fight with Shakur Stevenson, but if that falls though sign us up for this one!
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