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.
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.
European middleweight champion Darren Barker may have sealed a shot at one of the world’s best fighters through the medium of Twitter, but the Londoner has vowed to let his fists do the talking in Atlantic City on 1 October.
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik made a low-key return to the ring on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley undercard on Saturday night, labouring to a majority points win over the unheralded Alfonso Lopez after a 13 month hiatus from the sport. But does ‘The Ghost’ have what it takes to make his mark on the loaded super-middleweight division?
This weekend saw some major upsets across the pond, with two much-hyped prospects losing their unbeaten records in devastating fashion. But can David Lemieux and James Kirkland bounce back from these morale-sapping defeats and live up to their promise?