Liam Williams Boxing predictions 2020: Experts answer 12 big questions entering New Year

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After an explosive 2019, things are delicately poised for a huge 2020 in the boxing world.

Anthony Joshua lost then reclaimed his four world heavyweight titles, and the landscape of a potential undisputed bout with the WBC king is uncertain as Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury prepare for a rematch.

There’s also fascinating situations around the weight divisions as Britain’s seven world champions look to retain their crowns with other rising stars hoping to join their club in 2020.

Here’s a rundown of some of the major talking points entering the New Year, as Mirror Fighting’s experts answer some serious and not so serious questions hanging over the sport as 2019 draws to a close.



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Anthony Joshua emerged from 2019 with his four world title belts

1) Who will hold each of the four heavyweight world titles (WBA, WBO, WBC and IBF) by the end of 2020?

DAVID ANDERSON:

WBA: Anthony Joshua
WBO: Anthony Joshua
WBC: Tyson Fury
IBF: Anthony Joshua

I believe Anthony Joshua will still be the WBA Super, IBF and WBO heavyweight champ. Who will hold the WBC title is intriguing with Deontay Wilder facing Tyson Fury in their rematch in February.

I’m going to be patriotic and say the Gypsy King will add the WBC crown to his list of titles. He showed he can take Wilder’s best shots and I think he can outbox him again.



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Tyson Fury will look to capture the WBC belt in 2020

MARTIN DOMIN:

WBA: Oleskandr Usyk
WBO: Oleskandr Usyk
WBC: Deontay Wilder
IBF: Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua will find a way to keep hold of both the IBF and WBO belts and see off Kubrat Pulev in the spring. Oleksandr Usyk will win in the meantime before beating Joshua later in 2020.

Tyson Fury may beat Deontay Wilder once, but I don’t see him doing it again.

RICH JONES:

WBA: Anthony Joshua
WBO: Oleksandr Usyk
WBC: Deontay Wilder
IBF: Anthony Joshua



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Anthony Joshua currently holds three of the four major heavyweight world titles

I think Wilder beats Fury in their rematch, whilst Joshua vacates the WBO, which is then won by Usyk.

I then expect Joshua to retain the IBF vs Pulev before failing to make a unification bout and taking on someone else, most likely Dillian Whyte, in late 2020.

2) There are currently 72 ‘world’ champions, including interim, regular, super and ‘franchise’ champions. How many will there be by the end of 2020?

DA: There will be some unification fights, but this will be balanced by some belts being vacated or fighters retiring. I will say 68.

MD: 78

RJ: I’m taking the over on 80.

3) How will Kell Brook’s 2020 shape up?

DA: Brook will have his first fight in nearly 14 months against Mark DeLuca on February 8, but it remains to be seen what he has left in the tank.

He was denied his big fights with Amir Khan and Terence Crawford in 2019. He didn’t impress in his last fight a year ago and he is an old 33.

He’s clearly hanging on for one last big fight, but I’m not sure he will get it.



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Kell Brook will make his return to the ring on February 8

MD: After he swats aside Mark DeLuca in February, he will finally fight Amir Khan in the summer – and beat his bitter rival.

RJ: This year, the Amir Khan fight might finally happen – not that anyone is too bothered at this point.

It would still be a nice little earner for both and enough to tempt Brook into the ring one last time.

4) Will Floyd Mayweather fight in a boxing ring against a boxer in 2020?

DA: Possibly, if he’s offered enough money. Mayweather has made no secret of the fact he is only motivated now by money.

MD: No, if he fights at all it will be against a UFC star in the second half of the year.

RJ: No. He might do an exhibition match or two, but even that would surprise me.



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Floyd Mayweather could make a comeback in 2020

5) Which of the following unification fights will we see in 2020?

  • Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder
  • Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford
  • Josh Taylor vs Jose Ramirez
  • Josh Warrington vs Shakur Stevenson
  • Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin

DA: Possibly, Josh Taylor v Jose Ramirez and Josh Warrington against Shakur Stevenson. But the cynic in me does not make me confident of too many of these big unification fights happening.

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