Who was the best boxer in 2021?
Errol Spence Jr vs Terence Crawford
This is THE fight that boxing fans expect the most. Today, on the planet of noble art, Terence Crawford (34 years old, 38v, 29KO) or Errol Spence Jr (31 years old, 27v, 21KO) is regularly cited when you wonder who is the best boxer of all categories combined. One thing is certain, they are the two strongest men in the very raised category of welterweight. The two Americans are still undefeated on the one hand. On the other hand, they are world champions. Between these two magnificent pugilists, one can expect an anthology fight.
Artur Beterbiev vs Saul Alvarez
For some time now, Saul Alvarez (31, 57v, 39KO, 1d, 2n) has been printing by breaking records. New world champion unquestionable among super-medium weights and world champion in four different categories, it is in the perspective of going even further. Only, for his inheritance, he would certainly have to face a very large caliber boxer. Indeed, since the two fights against Gennady Golovkin, boxed very good opponents but who are certainly not of the same level as. This may not be the case for Artur Beterbiev (36) either, but there are many signs that the latter could pose major problems for the Mexican. Indeed, the Russian is a machine to crush his opponents. In 17 fights contested among the pros, he won 17 before the limit ! A clash between Canelo and the world champion of light heavy goods vehicles would also delight many fans.
BOXE – At the end of the year, the prestigious Ring magazine has just awarded its awards for 2021. Not surprisingly, he awarded the title of best boxer of the year to the Mexican Saul Alvarez.
Teofimo Lopez vs Josh Taylor
Last November, the young American prodigy Teofimo Lopez (24, 16v, 12KO, 1d) lost his titles as a lightweight world champion. It’s Australian George Kambosos holding his belts. From now on, it is almost certain that will go up in category. On the top floor, the boss is called Josh Taylor (31, 18v, 13KO). The Scottish, still undefeated, is the undisputed world champion of super-light weights. In February, he is expected to make his first title defense as an unbeaten champion against Jack Catterall. After that, new defenses may need to be expected. Why not face Teofimo Lopez ?
Devin Haney vs Vasyl Lomachenko
Our two boxers have talent to spare ! Whether at Devin Haney (23, 27v, 15KO) or at Vasyl Lomachenko (33, 16v, 11KO, 2d), style and technique are essential. On the one hand, Devin Haney, nicknamed, represents the future of world boxing. Still undefeated, the American is a WBC lightweight world champion. Also, his style is often compared to that of a certain Floyd Mayweather Jr. On the other hand, Vasyl Lomachenko no longer needs to be presented. Double Olympic champion and world champion in three categories among the pros, the Ukrainian has the ambition to regain his titles to the competition. If he has to fight to conquer the WBC belt, he will be opposed to Devin Haney. Thus, this confrontation could highlight two tactical visions and two very advanced technical master’s degrees in boxing.
Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder
It would be the fight for resilience. In 2021, Anthony Joshua (31, 24v, 22KO, 2d) and Deontay Wilder (36, 42v, 41KO, 2d, 1n), considered to be the two best heavyweights in the world three years ago, both were defeated. The first lost his three world champion belts to the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk. was dominated at the end of the fight and did not find sufficient strength to get out of it. For the second, the executioner is called Tyson Fury. Certainly gave it the best version of itself despite the defeat. These two injured beasts, who have no more titles to lose (unless Joshua wins revenge against Usyk) could offer a very interesting confrontation if they came to meet.
Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson Fury
It would be the top of the queen category. Today, Tyson Fury (33, 31v, 22KO, 1n) and Oleksandr Usyk (34, 19v, 13KO) share all the belts in the category at the top of the food chain. For many observers, the Briton is certainly the best heavyweight of his generation. Already made history, he could further flesh out his legend if he managed to reunite the queen category, which would be a first in the era of four belts. Usyk also dreams of accomplishing such a feat. An undisputed former heavy light champion, he could become the first man to fully reunite two divisions. Above all, he would be the first boxer to bring down Tyson Fury, who is undefeated among the pros, just like him. There would also be an incredible pattern opposition between the Ukrainian who measures 191 centimeters and barely exceeds 100 kilos and the Englishman who rises to 206 centimeters and who gravites above 120 kilos. In 2022, we really want this shock to take place.
BOXE – After a difficult 2020 year for the majority of the best boxers in the world, they were there in 2021 ! Here is our top 10 of the best pugilists of the year.