Issue | Opinion | Premium | Dec 25 2019

Fight of the year

Sky-high quality, unrivalled drama and intense action – ranking the 10 best bouts of 2019, in the world and the UK
fight of the year

1. Naoya Inoue w pts 12 Nonito Donaire
THE World Boxing Super Series delivered again as the bantamweight finalists put on a bedazzling showcase of boxing at its finest in Japan, with a unanimous triumph leaving Inoue as the WBA and IBF king.

2. Josh Taylor w pts 12 Regis Prograis
TAYLOR took home the WBSS 140lb trophy, as well as the WBA and IBF belts, after overcoming Prograis on a majority decision in a brutal and pulsating bout in Greenwich.

3. Andy Ruiz Jnr w rsf 7 Anthony Joshua
ONE of the biggest upsets in sporting history saw Ruiz get up from the deck to floor Joshua four times and become the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion in New York.