With heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua keen to unify all the belts and, in his own words, enjoy an “era of dominance” in the division for 10 years or more, Knockoutpunch runs the rule over some of the Briton’s likely future foes.
What makes a great round? A memorable three minutes of fighting usually contains several knockdowns, back-and-forth action, or a dramatic shift in momentum between the two fighters in the ring. With that in mind, Knockoutpunch picks out the best three rounds of the last 12 months.
The Filipino legend enjoyed a stellar 2016, with quality wins over Timothy Bradley Jr in April and the unbeaten Jesse Vargas in November to regain a portion of the welterweight world title. But who should the 38-year-old fight next time he steps inside the square circle? Have your say in our poll.
In an age of catchweight clashes, boxing fans have become accustomed to fighters jumping weight classes to take on bigger foes for larger pay cheques. But when it becomes apparent that the smaller fighter has little chance of bridging the gap in size and power, the paying public can be left feeling a bit shortchanged.
When Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez stepped up to face Floyd Mayweather Jr in the most lucrative fight in boxing history last September, the 23-year-old was cruelly exposed over 12 one-sided rounds. His next opponent, Cuba’s Erislandy Lara, is confident he can do the same in Las Vegas on July 12.
Earlier this month, Floyd Mayweather was pushed to the limit by Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana, winning a close majority decision. Did ‘El Chino’ do enough to earn a rematch or should Mayweather face a new opponent on his return to the ring in September? Share your thoughts in our poll.
When George Groves (19-0, 15 KOs) was first announced as WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch’s next opponent back in September, few were giving the ‘Saint’ much chance of upsetting his compatriot on November 23. He plans to prove all the doubters wrong.
Unlike most sports, the outcome of a boxing match can be decided in any second of any round. Knockoutpunch looks back over a dramatic 10 months for the sweet science and counts down the top five stoppage wins of the year so far.