Twenty post-“Cold War” fantasy match-ups to make in boxing

Boxing has always been trifled by politics.

Fans are sick of hearing about the agendas of this promoter, or that manager, and would rather hear about potential fights to be made, and watch it all come together.

An inability to do just that between boxing’s two sovereign promoters, Top Rank Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions, has lead to the press going as far as coining recent years as “Boxing’s Cold War.” And it has spelled disaster for high-profile matches between the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, but also many low-key fights, that we are about to name.

The good news — a glimmer of hope. Golden Boy’s chief CEO, Richard Schaefer has resigned. Swiss entrepreneur, Schaefer vowed to never do business with Arum, soiling the many possible matched to be made under these banners.

Oscar De La Hoya, recent IBHOF inductee and Golden Boy Promotions founder, has took a different direction, instead looking to work with Arum wherever possible, and for the sake of the sport.

Still, some obstacles may continue to impede, and thus inhibit many of the sport’s best match-ups from being made.

One of those obstacles may be the powerful and strongly influential advisor Al Haymon, who doesn’t do business with Arum, but manages many GBP fighters. Also, decisions regarding broadcasting rights between the two premium cable networks — HBO and Showtime — would add more difficulties.

Still, forget about that. Boxing has always had its complications, but has also generally come out on top.

Here is the list:

20. Marcus Browne (GBP) Vs. Egor Mekhontsev (TR)

19. Ryoto Murata (TR) Vs. Anthony Ogogo (GBP)

18. Gilberto Ramirez (TR) Vs. Marco Antonio Periban (GBP)

17. Evgeny Gradovich (TR) Vs. Ronny Rios (GBP)

16. Roman Martinez (TR) Vs. Francisco Vargas (GBP)

15. Nicolas Walters (TR) Vs. Gary Russell Jr. (GBP)

14. Deontay Wilder (GBP) Vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. (TR)

13. Terence Crawford (TR) Vs. Jorge Linares (GBP)

12. Mike Alvarado (TR) Vs. Antonio Orozco (GBP)

11. Adrien Broner (GBP) Vs. Brandon Rios (TR)

10. Sharif Bogere (GBP) Vs. Denis Shafikov (TR)

9. Mauricio Herrera (GBP) Vs. Jessie Vargas (TR)

8. Omar Figueroa (GBP) Vs. Raymundo Beltran (TR)

7. Abner Mares (GBP) Vs. Vasyl Lomachenko (TR)

6. Leo Santa Cruz (GBP) Vs. Nonito Donaire (TR)

5. Timothy Bradley (TR) Vs. Shawn Porter (Haymon/GBP Fight by fight)

4. Lucas Matthysse (GBP) Vs. Luis Carlos Abregu (TR)

3. Marcos Maidana (GBP) Vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (TR)

2. Saul Alvarez (GBP) Vs. Miguel Cotto (Fight-by-fight/typically with TR)

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr (Haymon/Self-Promoted) Vs. Manny Pacquiao (TR)


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