It has been a good year for boxing, even with all the roadblocks that were put in place. Even with yet another surge from the UFC, boxing is still kicking.
Let’s talk about some of the best fights we have seen in the boxing world in 2020.
The first mega match of the year for the sweet science was in February when Tyson Fury switched up his game plan and got aggressive with Deontay Wilder and boy did it pay off. Wilder looked like he had no business in there with the Gypsy King and later blamed his suit of armor he wore to the ring for him having chicken legs.
In his defense, fighters can’t exactly be one with acceptance. Tyson Fury is a much better boxer and it’s hard enough beating someone with higher skill. Now try to do it with no confidence.
We saw Povetkin knock out Dillan Whyte post quarantine and the Charlo brothers made a successful return to the ring. There was, of course, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones on the horizon.
I thought it was cool to see but thankful I didn’t go into that fight with any expectations and also thankful I found a Russian stream pretty quickly after listening to Snoop Dogg “commentate” for 5 minutes.
Errol Spence came back and looked dominant over Danny Garcia in a unanimous decision victory. This was his first fight back after a terrifying car crash that could have easily taken his life.
We are getting to see GGG fight on Friday night and Canelo on Saturday. Their opponents don’t exactly have very good odds to win according to the sportsbooks so we know darn well what this is all about.
The biggest fight of 2020, in my opinion, and it’s not even close was Vasyl Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez. Teo taught us that he is special and Loma showed that he isn’t unbeatable at Lightweight.
The top P4P fighter in the world lost. I would say that’s a pretty big deal.
As for GGG’s fight, he is a massive favorite. The only question or bettable lines are the round total or attempting to pick the exact round Gennady gets the finish.
The online sportsbook BetOnline has the goods for us. Let’s take a look at our betting odds and make some money on GGG before Christmas.
“GGG” vs Szeremeta – Round Total
I wanted to check and see how many losses Szeremeta has inside the distance but he has actually never lost. 21-0, in fact, but with only 5 KO wins.
Usually, the Polish power is there but that tells me that he is a good boxer. If you were GGG’s corner and handlers, what would you tell him to do?
Go out there and outbox the boxer in preparation for a pretty slick boxer himself, Canelo, or put your hard hands on the Pole and get him out of there before he can ever find any rhythm.
I like option #2 and I believe that will be the game plan heading into this fight. GGG is a bad man and his fights average around 5 rounds and what do you know, exactly where the betting line is.
Turns out, these bookies aren’t dumb. This isn’t a lock of the night type of pick but it isn’t a complete shot in the dark either. GGG is getting older by the day like the rest of us and I don’t think he wants to take a lot of damage in there or potentially run out of gas against the younger man.
They will be fighting in a city dear to my heart, San Antonio, Texas. I had basic training and tech school there and for some odd reason even after 25 trips across the country, I haven’t been back. I blame it on geography but the city has grown quite a bit and still remains somewhat of a secret. So many people are flocking to Dallas and Houston but The Riverwalk is pretty darn cool, guys.
Okay, I am going with GGG to finish this one early on. I don’t think he wants to box the boxer for 12 rounds so give me the under.
It has been a pretty decent year for boxing considering everything that stood in its way.
Getting Tyson and RJJ back in there was pretty special and the coolest part was nobody died. I think there were some fans tuning in for blood and to “find out who was better” but neither was ever really going to happen.
Roy was there for his paycheck and that is cool. He knew he wasn’t the A-side but he went with it. Roy’s career was somewhat overshadowed by Mike’s but he didn’t seem to be holding onto any of that still.
As for this fight we talked about today, the Pole is a good boxer but I don’t think GG wants to be in there for very long. We are a week from Christmas and the last thing he and his camp needs is an injury to deal with going into a new year.
I think everyone and everybody is ready for a new year. Now, do I think 2021 will be any different than 2020? Honestly?
I should probably keep that to myself and stick to boxing. GGG finishes the Pole within the first 5.5 rounds for a (-110) payout!