Gennady Golovkin had defeated all comers at middleweight since turning professional

Five fights we’d really like to see this year

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.

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Cleverly keeps his cool to earn his crown

After the disappointment of seeing world titlist Juergen Brahmer pull out of their showdown at the O2 just three days before the fight, Nathan Cleverly awoke to what he thought was a double dose of good news on Thursday morning. Knockoutpunch looks back on a crazy few days for the newly-crowned world champion.

Hopkins still hungry after all these years

Like him or not, you can’t help but admire Bernard Hopkins. ‘The Executioner’ is one of those fighters who divides the opinions of fight fans and journalists alike, but the wily veteran is still going strong into his twilight years, with a huge rematch with Jean Pascal coming up in May.