The WBC have ordered a number a big fights to take place for world titles, eliminators and ranking titles for the tail of this year, and 2019.
The annual convention, run by WBC, in Kiev this year saw some questionable decisions, but overall the fights announced should prove interesting:
Gennady Golovkin v Jermall Charlo
The interim middleweight champion has therefore been ordered to fight the Kazakh after his controversial loss to Canelo in September. Canelo captured the WBC full title from Canelo. Should this fight be mandated, it could set GGG to become the mandatory for the third instalment of Canelo Golovkin. This however will be no walk over for GGG, Charlo is a known power puncher with a 78% KO record. The former Jr Middleweight/Super Welterwieght world champion is coming off three consecutive KO’s.
Keith Thurman v Shawn Porter II
The rematch of a phenomenal fight back in 2016 has been ordered. The fight was previous scrap was phenomenally close, with all three judges scoring the contest 115-113. The hyper aggressive nature of both fighters made for a back and forth and fireworks throughout. It was a miracle neither fighter felt the canvas. ‘Showtime’ has since captured the WBC title after besting Danny Garcia earlier this year. With ‘One Time’ not fighting since March of 2017, this would certainly make for an interesting rematch.
Gary Russell v Leo Santa Cruz
The WBC featherweight champ could face off against Mexican lb for lb staple, Leo Sante Cruz. With Sante Cruz holding the WBA and WBC Diamond belt, the fight would see the titles unify. It was thought that Santa Cruz would face Northern Irishman Carl Frampton to settle their trilogy – which currently stands at 1-1. With Frampton fighting Josh Warrington at the MEN for the IBF title, should the winners face off, it would truly decide who is the best 130lber in the world is. Three titles on the line could be enough to entice phenomenon Vasyl Lomachenko back down from lightweight.
Jorge Linares v Adrien Broner
Linares holds ranking at both lightweight and super lightweight. But, with Broner only holding ranking at 140, it seems Linares on the way up. A three-weight world champion already, a win over the brash American could see Linares get a shot at the title held by Jose Ramirez. However, Ramirez has entered the World Boxing Super Series. This then means that the title will be tied up in the tournament until its completion. Should the winner be made mandatory for the strap, they may be waiting until 2019 to get their shot at gold.
Mikey Garcia v Luke Campbell
Luke Campbell must of have an almighty sigh of relief when this fight was announced. After a dominant victory over Yvan Mendy at Wembley, he looked all but certain to be made WBC mandatory. It remains unclear whether or not Garcia will vacate his strap, and move up to welterweight for a super-fight against Errol Spence Jr. Should that happen, and WBC strap vacated, Campbell would likely face WBC #3, Ghanaian knockout artist Richard Commey, for the vacant title.
Anthony Dirrell v Avni Yildirim
After Chris Eubank Jr reportedly rejected a WBC ranking fight, the WBC placed Yildirim above ‘NextGen’. Despite Eubank knocking Yildirim our cold after their matchup in 2017. Savage move. Dirrell is coming into the fight on a 5 fight winning streak, after his lone loss to Badou Jack in 2015. Yildirim is ranked outside the The Ring top 10 at 168lbs, with Dirrell ranked at #6.
Whether these fights take place remains to be seen, but should they take place, it sets fight fans up for a phenomenal 2019.