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.
Wilfredo Mendez (15-1, 5) Vs Hasanboy Dusmatov (1-0, 1)
We love history and we love records, and when historical records can be broken, we get excited. Here we look at a potential bout that could see a long standing historical record be broken, if the bout can be made. And we truly believe that if the bout is indeed made, a record, which has stood for over 44 years, could be broken! Of course the bout isn't a given, but it's something that certainly needs to be thought about by at least one of the two teams in the potential match us.
The 23 year old Wilfredo Mendez is a talented Puerto Rican boxer who claimed the WBO Minimumweight title last year with a win over Vic Saludar. That was the third of 4 wins for Saludar in 2019, when also defended the title 2 months later, with a narrow technical decision against Mexican teenager Axel Aragon Vega. Although talented Mendez is light hitting, posses little real threat to an opponent and relies on his speed and movement, rather than anything physical. He's talented but we can't help thinking that the title will be a target for all emerging fighters at 105lbs who will be licking their lips and seeing him as the low hanging fruit in the division.
In steps 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Hasanboy Dusmatov, who made his professional debut in November 2019, when he almost gutted Jesus Cervantes Villanueva. Dusmatov, from Uzbekistan is a special talent, a sharp shooting southpaw who was a sensational amateur, and is now looking at being fast tracked as a professional. There were rumours in the Uzbek press of him wanting a world title fight on debut, though that never came to fruition. Now the talk is that he wants to fight WBA champion Knockout CP Freshmart in his third or fourth professional bout. There is nothing bad with that idea, though the reality is that he could, potentially, pick up the WBO title in his second, then even unify with Knockout later in the year.
If Dusmatov can get Mendez in the ring we have no concerns at all about the Uzbek being too good for the Puerto Rican, and doing that in just his second fight would be a huge statement of intent. It would set a male record for fewest fights to a world title, and could well set the record for least time from debut to a world title as well. It would also see him being among the first of this new Uzbek wave of fighters to reach the top.
Technically the fight wouldn't be the best. We're next sure if Mendez will ever be in a fun to watch bout. But it would be an historic one, and for that we suggest they get this one made and give us all a slice of boxing history. Dusmatov's team should do all they can to secure this, and to get their man in to the history books in a way that few have ever attempted!
If successful Dusmatov would break the 1975 record of Saensak Muangsurin, who won his first world title in fight #3, a record that Vasyl Lomachenko matched 2014!
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