Boxing Matches That Should Have Been Made By Now

2023 promised much for boxing, with fans hoping that some mega fights would finally come to fruition, and yet, this hasn’t been the case.

Gervonta Davis Vs. Ryan Garcia

Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia’s potential fight would be a pay-per-view event at 136 pounds. However, there have been a few snags. Davis is due to appear in court today in relation to a hit-and-run incident from November last year.

According to reports, he is charged with 14 offenses, including not returning and staying at the scene after causing bodily harm.

Additionally, he was arrested in December and accused of slapping a woman with a closed fist. On top of that, both sides have not been able to negotiate a rematch clause to satisfy all promoters, networks and fighters.

However, provided Davis doesn’t do any time behind bars, there is still optimism that the fight will happen.

Tyson Fury Vs. Oleksandr Usyk

Tyson Fury’s promoters are in danger if they remain persistent in having the Oleksandr Usyk bout at Wembley Stadium in London on April 29th, 2023 as opposed to Saudi Arabia.

Both fighters will be looking for a substantial guarantee, and unfortunately, the ticket sales and pay-per-view purchases might not be enough to meet the financial expectations of Fury and Usyk.

Reports suggest Fury wants a bigger purse if the fight is held in London, while Usyk is refusing to back down from a 50-50 split since he is the unified champion with three belts.

Devin Haney Vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko

According to Mike Coppinger of ESPN, if Vasiliy Lomachenko is to get the chance to battle the undefeated Devin Haney (29-0, 15 KOs) for the undisputed lightweight titles, the 34-year-old will need to give up some of the money that he was aiming to make from the fight.

The exact amount of money that Haney is asking for is yet to be revealed. If Lomachenko declines to do so, Haney may have to back down or switch opponents, maybe fighting Isaac Cruz or Shakur Stevenson instead.

If the money issue is fixed, Haney has shown he is willing to fight anyone. After all, he fought George Kambosos Jr twice for the undisputed titles in Australia.

Errol Spence Jr Vs. Terence Crawford

Discussions between Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford are looking fruitless, with a fight looking unlikely. Mike Coppinger has stated that Spence’s (28-0, 22 KOs) most probable next opponent is Keith Thurman at 154.

Boxing fans have lost hope for a Spence-Crawford match for some time now, and it would be sensible for PBC to accept that this matchup is no longer viable.

Even though 2023 is still in its infancy, the year has the potential to be a defining one for the sport, more so than any other in recent memory.

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