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The 10 best fights to make in 2021

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury
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The dream fights to make in the year ahead
  1. TYSON FURY vs ANTHONY JOSHUA
    An all-British showdown for the ages. Fury and Joshua sharing a ring, preferably at a packed-to-the-rafters Wembley Stadium, would be a suitably fitting way to crown an undisputed heavyweight king.
  2. TERENCE CRAWFORD vs ERROL SPENCE JNR
    Two of the most talented fighters on the planet, awesome Americans Crawford and Spence between them hold three-quarters of the welterweight crown. Predicting the winner would be devilishly difficult.
  3. CANELO ALVAREZ vs BILLY JOE SAUNDERS
    The pound-for-pound supremo and a Mexican icon, Canelo recently defeated Britain’s Callum Smith in impressive fashion. A super-middleweight unification bout with Smith’s countryman Saunders would be fascinating.
  4. GERVONTA DAVIS vs SHAKUR STEVENSON
    Regarded as a potential P4P leader of the future, former featherweight champ Stevenson is now looking to make his mark at super-featherweight, where his fellow American, the explosive Davis, is currently the main man.
  5. JOSH TAYLOR vs JOSE RAMIREZ
    With two belts each to their name at super-lightweight, Scottish star Taylor and US livewire Ramirez must face off for the undisputed title. Having just one recognised champion in a division would be a welcome rarity.
  6. ARTUR BETERBIEV vs DMITRY BIVOL
    Cold, calm and calculated, Beterbiev and Bivol are seemingly on a collision course, with the fearsome Russian light-heavyweights holding three of the four titles in their weight category.
  7. TEOFIMO LOPEZ vs DEVIN HANEY
    Last year, Lopez scored a sensational victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko to earn undisputed status at lightweight. A fight against Haney, a fellow precocious American, would light up the sport.
  8. OLEKSANDR USYK vs JOE JOYCE
    After conquering the cruiserweight class, masterful Ukrainian Usyk wants to do the same at heavyweight. But would his wizardry be enough to overcome the unrelenting British “Juggernaut” that is Joyce?
  9. GENNADY GOLOVKIN vs JERMALL CHARLO
    Still one of the most popular and exciting boxers around, Kazakh veteran Golovkin rules the roost at middleweight, with Canelo currently operating at super-middle. Could the USA’s Charlo, a fine athletic specimen, unseat him from the throne?
  10. JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA vs ROMAN GONZALEZ II
    This is one dream contest that looks like it will become reality this year. Mexico’s Estrada and Nicaraguan Gonzalez are pencilled in to renew hostilities in a clash of super-flyweight standouts in March.

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