Boxing’s Top 2020 Matches Are Over But Were You Entertained?

2020 threw a monkey wrench in boxing.

After a 2019 full of ups, downs, and surprises, 2020 was poised to keep boxing’s pop culture appeal high.

Then the sport took a nose dive as COVID-19 shut down sports in the summer. The UFC led the way with Fight Island at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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However, with an ESPN subscription at the base of their viewership now, the transition was costly but with minimal risk.

Major championship boxing suffered greatly as box office sales and PPV are the lifeblood of the industry.

The loss of fans destroyed the possibility of anticipated fights like Fury vs. Wilder III and more. But since boxing returned in the late summer, were the fans truly satisfied?

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If we judge from the year’s biggest matches since COVID-19, boxing had a lackluster finish to action in 2020.

The last three big fights featuring Canelo Alvarez, Anthony Joshua, and GGG were already preconceived wins before they stepped in the ring.

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Errol Spence, Jr. vs. Danny Garcia, aside from quelling the doubters of Spence’s car crash recovery, showed Garcia has heart but that the levels shifted.

Teofimo showed boxing pundits that Lomachenko was indeed human and that Lopez is making a campaign to prove he, himself is otherworldly.

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Although COVID-19 has showed that fans are possible in markets like Texas, it has also stopped the progress of fights like Errol Spence, Jr. vs. Terence Crawford.

So expect more mandatory matches in 2021 as the world is still recovering from the pandemic. Boxing, however, needs to evolve from the deficiencies learned during the biggest virus since the Spanish Flu.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.