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Top Boxing Matches to Watch in October 2020 – Lomachenko vs. Lopez and More
We’re approaching winter again. The trees are shedding leaves, the air is getting crisper, and suddenly, that big old duvet has a purpose once more.
But before you resign yourself to a period of hibernation, you should know that we have some mouthwatering boxing fights to look forward to in October.
The pick of these fights is Vasyl Lomachenko’s unified lightweight championship bout with Teofimo Lopez. But there is much more to look forward to, as I will explain below.
Let’s get down to five unmissable boxing matches set to go down in October.
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez
- October 17
- MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada
The most intriguing boxing match of 2020? Yes, and by some distance.
In the blue corner, we have the consensus pound for pound number one in boxing, Vasyl Lomachenko. The Ukrainian takes his WBC, WBA, and WBO champ titles into the ring against the man in the red corner, IBF titlist Teofimo Lopez.
Pernell Whitaker was the last man to have a claim to the status of undisputed lightweight champion and his reign ended all the way back in January 1992. But whoever wins this fight will take over where Pernell left off, and become the first man to hold all belts in the division.
Despite Lomachenko’s status as top dog, the young and hungry Lopez has been on his tails for some time. Lopez is nowhere near as experienced as “Hi-Tech,” coming in at just 23 and with a record of 15-0. Having knocked out former IBF lightweight champ Richard Commey in December, the Honduran-American got his wish and this bout was signed off.
But has Lopez bitten off a little more than he can chew against the two-time Olympic gold medalist? Or can he show the world that the Lomachneko of today IS beatable, and prove the Ukrainian master IS past his best?
It’s an interesting question and one that makes this fight absolutely unmissable. There is a lot of tension between this pair, as well as a lot of pressure on Lomachenko to deliver. Is this the fight where we witness the greatest boxer of our time humbled?
Check out get the latest odds and bets for Lomachenko vs. Lopez if you are betting on this fight.
This is going to epic.
Gervonta Davies vs. Leo Santa Cruz
- October 24
- Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut
Gervonta “Tank” Davis takes on Leo Santa Cruz in a super featherweight fight that should attract a lot of attention.
Davis, a protege of Floyd Mayweather Jr., is putting his WBA (Super) super featherweight title on the line with Santa Cruz defending his “Regular” version of the same title.
Some believe that Davis will have too much power for Santa Cruz. The native of Baltimore comes in with a record of 23-0 with 22 KOs, which spells power in abundance. Still, even though he is considered one of the best young fighters in the game, Tank will face the most refined opponent of his career on the night.
Santa Cruz has a record of 37-1-1 (19 KOs), with the only loss of his career coming against Carl Frampton in July 2016. The Mexican avenged that loss in January 2017, but avoided a rubber match with “The Jackal.” Santa Cruz has been accused of taking the easy route in recent years, which makes this matchup a curious one.
I touch upon the ins and outs of this fight in my Davis vs. Santa Cruz betting preview. Sizing up both guys’ chances, I lean towards…
I won’t spoil it. Check it for yourself.
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Dereck Chisora
- October 31
- Venue TBD
Oleksandr Usyk was named 2018’s Fighter of the Year following his unification of the cruiserweight division.
Having passed his first test at heavyweight in a seventh-round stoppage of Chazz Witherspoon, Usyk is looking to take one step closer to a heavyweight title shot by dispatching Dereck Chisora.
Chisora won the vacant WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title in October by stopping David Price in four rounds. But “Del Boy” has an entirely different prospect in Usyk, who many believe can join the likes of Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, and Deontay Wilder at the top of the heavyweight division.
Not everyone is convinced that Usyk has the size to be competitive in boxing’s biggest weight class, of course. Despite winning an Olympic gold medal, remaining undefeated throughout his career to date, and unifying the cruiserweight division, Usyk is being talked down by some. David Haye is the latest to question his credentials.
On October 31, we find out what the Ukrainian is truly made of.
Naoya Inoue vs. Jason Moloney
- October 31
- MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada
Just one week short of the anniversary of his World Boxing Super Series win, Naoya Inoue defends his WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring bantamweight titles against Australia’s Jason Moloney.
The Japenese “Monster” is one of the best boxers on the planet right now and will be looking to show this as he attempts to move to a perfect 20-0 (16 KOs) against the Aussie.
Moloney is 21-1 (18 KOs), with the only loss of his career coming against Emmanuel Rodríguez in 2018. Inoue would later knock Rodriguez out in two rounds to take the titles he owns today.
As it happens, Moloney can thank the lockdown for his title shot on Halloween night. Inoue had initially been slated to fight John Riel Casimero, only for it to be scrapped due to the ban of travel.
This fight should be a lot of fun. Inoue is, as you would expect, a considerable favorite to win. And although he should win, I think Moloney will give him a good run for his money in the early rounds.
Can Inoue earn another emphatic knockout against “The Smooth One?” That question will be answered on October 31.
Joe Joyce vs. Daniel Dubois
- October 24
- 02 Arena
And the final fight on my top boxing matches to watch in October is Joe Joyce vs. Daniel Dubois.
This bout will be a big deal in Britain, but it could herald the birth of a new star in the world of heavyweight boxing. If by chance you have read my piece on the top young boxers in the world in 2020, you will know that I am tipping Dubois (15-0 14 KOs) to go far.
But his ascent into the upper reaches of the heavyweight division could be expedited with a win over Joyce (11-0 10 KOs). With that said, Joyce might find his world a different place with a win over Dubois.
Talk of this fight has been ongoing for over a year, when “Triple D” knocked out fellow Brit Nathan Gorman to win the vacant British heavyweight title. Having knocked out late stand-in Ricardo Snijders with ease in August, he must prepare for a bigger challenge in Joyce.
Joyce, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, knocked out former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne in February 2019. That marks his biggest win as a professional, but the windows of opportunity would open if he can win here.
There is no world title on the line. But as I touched on in my early Dubois vs. Joyce preview, a win could be the making of one of these guys.
And That’s That
We have some awesome fights awaiting us in October, and the five above are the ones that I am looking most looking forward to.
I really can’t wait to see Vasyl Lomachenko’s response to Teofimo Lopez’s challenge, whether Tank Davis can stop Leo Santa Cruz for the first time, and, of course, what the insanely gifted Naoya Inoue can do against Jason Moloney.
You can find the latest odds for all the fights above by visiting these online boxing sportsbooks.
Enjoy the fights!