The dethroned WBO champion must throw his hat in the ring to face the returning ‘Gypsy King’ before the year is out if he wants to return to the top.
In a thrilling defence of his WBC world heavyweight title, unbeaten American champion Deontay Wilder survived a seventh-round beating to eventually drop and stop Cuban Luis Ortiz in the 10th stanza on March 3 in New York. But what did we learn – if anything – about the so-called ‘Bronze Bomber’?
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 big Briton’s potential future opponents and weighs up their threat level to his title reign.
With a disappointing 2016 now in the books, we only hope 2017 will deliver more meaningful fights for boxing fans than the last 12 months could muster. Ignoring ongoing promotional disputes, TV network politics and fighters’ unwillingness to step up, Knockoutpunch delivers its wishlist.
Let’s face it, 2016 has hardly been a vintage year for boxing. Fight fans have been left frustrated over the past 12 months as promotional spats, poor matchmaking and blatant ducking has prevented the best from facing the best. But it hasn’t been all bad. Here is our top three tear-ups of the year.
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.
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.