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.
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, network and sanctioning body 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’s our best three fights 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.
The biggest all-British heavyweight showdown of the last decade has been postponed after David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) suffered a deep cut above his eye during sparring a week out from his clash with Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) in Manchester.
Despite his promoter Mick Hennessy’s bold pronouncements, on Saturday’s evidence, British heavyweight Tyson Fury has an awful long way to go before he can even consider attempting to dethrone the Klitschko brothers.