Danny Flexen lists 5 all-British fights he would like to see in 2020, headed by Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury
Ideally of course this would be for all the major heavyweight titles, should Fury defeat WBC king Deontay Wilder in their February 22 rematch, and Joshua somehow manage to cling on to all three of his belts, despite pressing mandatory obligations. With Joshua having seemingly turned in corner following his redemptive return victory over Andy Ruiz and Fury back in form after his lengthy hiatus, there is no bigger all-British clash.
Callum Smith vs Billy Joe Saunders
A highly intriguing fight. Saunders, WBO king at 168lbs, may well be Britain’s most talented operator pound-for-pound but there is a nagging feeling he remains a natural middleweight. Smith, the Super WBA ruler, is technically adept, powerful and huge for the weight. Both men are undefeated and chasing Canelo, but if neither nail down the Mexican, or if one of them beats him, let’s see them dispute domestic and global supremacy.
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
I’m sorry but I still want to see it. Both are past their best but so were Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and it didn’t stop them fighting each other. I’m not suggesting the two Brits are at that level of accomplishment or celebrity, but there is money to be made, more than either man can make against an alternative opponent. At welterweight or super-welter, Khan’s speed against Brook’s timing, built by a backstory of a long-running grudge, guarantees interest and, hopefully, fireworks.
Lee McGregor vs Kash Farooq 2
While this lacks the world-level status of the other bouts on the list, the sheer ferocity of their first contest in November, and the subsequent contentious decision in favour of McGregor, makes a rematch with his fellow Scot a highly desirable proposition. Lee added the British bantamweight belt to his Commonwealth strap in that barnstormer and Farooq has since signed with Matchroom, so the return could be even bigger.
Kal Yafai vs Charlie Edwards
Former WBC flyweight champion Edwards has stated he plans to come back at bantam but could yet settle at super-fly when it pertains to fighting for championships. Yafai has long been a target and holds the WBA 115lb belt. The Birmingham man has the small matter of Roman Gonzalez to get through first, on February 29, and should he vanquish “Chocolatito” in Texas, his US profile will skyrocket. But a homecoming against Edwards would sell well in the UK as a headliner on regular Sky or a ppv chief support.