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.
After unfying welterweight titles with his split decision victory over Danny Garcia on 4 March, Keith Thurman is likely to take a well-earned rest to consider his options. But when he does return to the ring later in the year, who would you like to see ‘One Time’ face next? Have your say in our poll.
In years gone by, you could spend hours or even days debating who deserves the accolade of ‘fighter of the year’. Not so in 2016. In a dire year for boxing, there was a consensus among journalists and fans alike over who should get the nod for their efforts in the ring over the past 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.
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.
WBC welterweight champion ‘Vicious’ Victor Ortiz has lit the touch paper ahead of his eagerly-awaited clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas on 17 September, claiming that the five-weight world champion is “done” as a fighter.
As 2011 draws to a close with a packed schedule full of intriguing bouts, Knockoutpunch looks to the future and reveals its wishlist for 2012 in the lightweight, light-welterweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions.