Five Future Fights Fans Would Love To See…
So far, this year, boxing fans have had little to complain about (although someone always will) with some unbelievable clashes including the historic event of Joshua v Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. And with some absolute bangers coming up this season such as Canelo vs Golovkin, and Crawford vs Indongo; two fights which for sure are contenders for fight of the year, we get greedy and weigh up future fights that we would love to see in the coming season (Anthony Joshua v Amir Khan cheating face off not being one of them…).
Dillian Whyte v Derek Chisora II
One of the top fights for next season has to be Whyte v Chisora part two. After the dramatic and hilarious build up between the pair, followed by a more equally matched fight than imagined, fans got a blockbuster of a boxing match, with many thinking Chisora should have been the one to walk away victorious but with Whyte taking it by split decision.
I hope we see Chisora n Whyte get it on again. Said before in an age of rematches, this one makes sense. AND the first one was a belter.
— Al 'Clay'mon (@Claymakerbigsi) August 5, 2017
He has since, with Eddie Hearn, been trying to secure a big money fight against Deontay Wilder in the US, but to no avail, and talks of a rematch with Joshua have also been rumoured. For now, it may be better if he turns his attention to other possible avenues, and what could be better than a trash talk sensation rematch?
Whyte is next fighting on August 19 in Nebraska against 38-year-old Malcom Tann (nope, me either) who has lost three out of his last four fights, which keeps ‘The Body Snatcher’ busy for the moment, but both have very much kept the social media trash talk alive (including Chisora insulting Whyte’s family) meaning that there could hopefully be a rematch on the cards in the not too distant future.
Chisora seems to be waiting in the wings after his scheduled fight against Robert Helenius was postponed back in May due to a number of mysterious reasons, which also means a deal could perhaps be worked out for late 2017, early 2018. He has also been mentioned alongside Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller as another possible opponent if a rematch were not to be made.
Chisora told Sky Sports:”The rematch is going to happen. The world is going to have to see the rematch. I’m going to destroy that guy. I’m going to batter him from corner to corner. I’m not even joking, I’m going to destroy him. I’m going to have to knock him out.
“I would relish that fight, I would love that fight, I would take that fight any time.”
Whyte also has not been opposed, as long as the cash is right.
“It can happen, but the problem is Dereck Chisora doesn’t know how to negotiate or do good business,” Whyte told Sky Sports in reply. “Yes, the fight can happen. All Eddie has to do is pay me and look after me the way I deserve to be treated. I’ve beaten Chisora already. The only reason I would fight him again is if the money is right.”
There's only one fight Whyte should be being lined up for – Chisora rematch. End of story.
— Al 'Clay'mon (@Claymakerbigsi) August 3, 2017
Come on promoters, get your wallet out!
Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder
This has got be the big daddy of all Heavyweight fights that no one would want to miss. This is the fight Deontay Wilder is chasing (and chasing, and chasing) and with a Klitschko rematch down the toilet with his retirement announcement, this fight has to be on the cards for 2018.
JOSHUA WILDER NEEDED NOW
— Callum (@_Callxm_) August 3, 2017
Joshua has his ordered mandatories to deal with first, in the form of Kubrat Pulev and Luis Ortiz (perhaps not the most action-packed fights) but when it comes to an equal challenger, the Bronze Bomber has to be the closest in power and talent on the scene as it stands currently.
On a mission to ‘#Unify’, Wilder was quick to jump in as soon as Joshua defeated Klitschko, and despite Eddie Hearn’s attempts to pacify him with Dillian Whyte for 4 million dollars, the WBC Champion is having none of it.
— Dillian Whyte (@DillianWhyte) August 5, 2017
Hearn is keen to build Joshua’s profile in the US before such a huge fight which would be shown on PPV on both sides of the pond. And with Wilder winning all but one of his 38 fights by knock out (with an incredible 18 knock outs in the first round) the fight would definitely bring fireworks.
The Bronze Bomber does need to ensure he is keeping himself active in the ring however, if he has to wait out these mandatory challenges first, fighting just once so far this year, against Gerald Washington back in February. Nonetheless he is pushing for the fight as soon as possible.
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) August 4, 2017
He said on social media (full video above): “Eddie Hearn, I know you weren’t expecting Klitschko to retire like this man, he had all of us guessing. But don’t go pulling your hair out, weeping and moaning,”
“You tried to lend me your little black spare tire, Dillian Whyte, knowing that after usage I wouldn’t even gain a yard. Let’s not mess about here mate. We’ve got an opportunity to turn a year into three months and make one of the biggest heavyweight title fights in history. I don’t want to hear nothing about mandatories, I’m sure the sanctioning bodies, all the sanctioning bodies, will overrule on this one. This fight is inevitable, so it will happen. So call, let’s go. We’ll be waiting.”
As will we…
Jorge Linares vs Mikey Garcia
Back in March there were huge rumours of a Lightweight mega fight between the top two fighters – Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares.
Garcia told ESPN, “I want to fight this summer, whether June or July, or maybe even August if the Linares-Crolla winner doesn’t come out injured or cut and we need to go to August so they can be ready for me. I think it’s also probably the best fight. Linares has proven himself in three different divisions by winning world titles. Even after being stopped he bounced back and regains another world title and was looking great. It shows you the calibre of fighter he is. He has proven himself and he has the skills. There’s no other match that’s as competitive [at Lightweight] as that can be.
“I think Linares wants to fight me and prove himself and make a great fight for the fans.”
Since then, unfortunately their attentions seem to have both been taken elsewhere, but with both fighters continuing to go from strength to strength.
After outclassing Anthony Crolla not once but twice, four-time World Champion in three weight classes, Linares, who is ranked the number one Lightweight boxer by BoxRec and ‘Ring Magazine’ now is set to take on Luke Campbell, his WBA mandatory, in California, despite Garcia pushing for a summer clash. He has also been out of action for a while recovering with a broken hand which he injured during his rematch with Crolla.
— Michelle Joy Phelps (@MichellePhelps) July 30, 2017
Unbeaten Garcia’s last bout was fought on July 29th at Light Welterweight against former four-weight World Champion Adrien Broner, who he beat convincingly in every round, with Linares even taking to social media to congratulate his potential future opponent on the win.
After the fight, Garcia said was open to any boxer coming over to Showtime whether that be at 135lbs, 140lbs or even 147lbs.
If he was to stay at Light Welterweight there would be a few other great options including Indongo or Crawford, who are also facing each other in just over a week, but you cannot help but feel he should go back down to face Linares ‘The Golden Boy’ from Venezuela, in what would be a hugely exciting action-packed battle with two of the most skilful boxers in the world.
Garcia recently told Sky Sports that he would “really like to unify lightweight and become the man, the king of the division” before he chooses to move up in weight.
“Taking this fight with Adrien Broner is a very interesting fight and I wasn’t able to secure any unification fights at the moment.
If Linares beats Campbell, as he's expected to do, then a meeting with Garcia makes a lot of sense. Great fight. #BronerGarcia
— Adam Bond (@adamebond) July 30, 2017
Hopefully a unification will be on the cards for early 2018, now Linares has recovered and all being well in both their upcoming fights this year, our dream fights for 2018 are shaping up quite nicely in this run down so far.
Vasyl Lomachenko v Guillermo Rigondeaux
Lomachenko needs to stop fighting bums and fight Rigo or Mikey
— Albert (@XTREME323LA) August 6, 2017
Known for his excellent hand speed, accuracy and skill, ‘Hi Tech’ seems to have his pick of the bunch at the moment after another superb win against Marriaga last weekend, even offering himself up as a sparring partner to McGregor, after Paulie Malignaggi’s controversial departure from his training camp.
With many potential opponents being explored at various weight including the likes of Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares at 135lbs as mentioned above, the most spoken about still has to be the challenge of Guillermo Rigondeaux.
— BoxNation (@boxnationtv) August 7, 2017
After both established themselves as top amateurs, Cuban Rigondeaux is unbeaten in 17 fights (with 1 no contest) as a professional, while Ukrainian Lomachenko has moved to 10-1-KO7, challenging unsuccessfully for a world title in only his second pro fight before winning the WBO title next time round. Both seem set for success with many fans likening them in styles and skill.
Even Lomachenko has noted the fans enthusiasm for the potential bout.
He told ESPN – “Personally I would like to fight Mikey Garcia, as well, I support what the fans want. Fans talking a lot about my bout and Rigondeaux bout. I would love to fight him if it’s somehow possibility we can make that fight.”
I am learning how to skateboard so I can whoop Loma at that too. Keep hiding @KlimasBoxing I know you reading me tweets everyday
— Guillermo Rigondeaux (@RigoElChacal305) August 9, 2017
And it appears Rigondeaux is ready, hitting up social media with his opinion and chasing Lomachenko for not agreeing a deal yet.
Stop booing Marriaga. It is your fault for expecting the impossible. Boo Lomachenko for not demanding a better opponent.
— Guillermo Rigondeaux (@RigoElChacal305) August 6, 2017
Although Lomachenko thinks it is one the fans want, he believes it will be like the Marriaga fight all over again. When asked on his potential opponent’s style, he said to BoxingScene.com “First of all let me tell you, I am not asking to fight him. I don’t need him, he is asking to fight me. He wants, but he has to understand if he’s gonna step in the ring I’m gonna destroy him just like a tank.”
“I don’t think that fight is going to being me a lot of glory because after that fight everybody is going to be saying I beat an old, little guy”.
A month ago though it seems like they were one step closer to what the fans want at least, apparently agreeing a possible weight of 126lbs.
Andre Ward vs Adonis Stevenson
With Stevenson calling out the winner of Kovalev v Ward II, another huge fight for 2018 could be ‘Son of God’ v ‘Superman’.
After defeating Kovalev in the eighth round, Ward has many an opponent at 175lbs but is also possibly considering a move up in weight class. As well as Stevenson, there is also the possibility of names being thrown in the mix such Badou Jack, Anthony Dirrell or George Groves.
@AdonisSuperman you gone fight Ward or what? 🤨
— Blunt Trauma (@cashmoneyparker) July 4, 2017
‘Son of God’ Ward, the unbeaten American has proven himself the best fighter, pound-for-pound, in the world and will now be looking to reinforce his legacy at this weight as well as earn top dollar. Fighting Stevenson would be a sure way to do this by unifying the titles. Ward currently holds the WBA, WBO and IBF Light Heavyweight titles, with Stevenson still holding the WBC. Winning the last belt would be one big reason why this fight would be amazing.
Betway have Stevenson as the 6/4 betting favourite to be Ward’s next opponent however on paper, if it’s going to happen it needs to be within this next season. Stevenson is now 39 years old and has not fought outside of Canada since 2011. Ward is unbeaten and arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world – if Stevenson thinks he can do this, it needs to be sooner rather than later or it may be a case of ‘the late and the great’.
Article by: Charlottle Lily Prior
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