Mcgregor v Mayweather
This is no normal fight, make no mistake about that. For all intents and purposes, it will be called a boxing match but it will be a spectacle unlike any other. Mcgregor will enter the ring as the underdog against Mayweather, possibly the best boxer of his generation. Both have a history of trash talking and with egos big enough to fill any room, it will be interesting to see how their press conference world tour pans out. The press tour will begin today in Los Angeles and will then wind its way to Toronto, New York City and finally London. The fight will take place on the 26th August in Las Vegas.
GGG V Canelo
Mcgregor v Mayweather may be stealing the limelight but Canelo Alvarez has something to say about it. On the 16th September, Alvarez will take on Gennady Golovkin in the much-anticipated ‘supremacy’ middleweight title fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. There is no denying the hype surrounding the Mcgregor/Mayweather fight but this is not one to ignore. For many, this is the boxing event of the year and, when comparing the two fighters, it isn’t hard to see why. Two-division world champion Alvarez holds an impressive record of 49 wins and only 1 loss whilst IBF/WBA/WBC Middleweight World Champion Golovkin is unbeaten in 37. Golovkin also boasts the highest knockout percentage (89.8%) in middleweight championship history.
Hughie Fury v Joseph Parker
It has been war of the words between Fury and Parker who will fight for the WBO world heavyweight title on September 23rd. Fury has criticised Parker for not taking him seriously. Parker has held meetings with Eddie Hearn about a potential fight with WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua. In response to this, Hughie has labelled Hearn a ‘cockroach’ claiming ‘I’m coming for you next’. Fury, 22, has also sent a warning out to Parker, 25, saying ‘I would take me completely seriously because I am coming for that belt’. This is a potentially huge fight and massive opportunity for Fury to step up to a world class level as Parker is a serious contender. The fight takes place at the Manchester Arena and marks the first event there since the tragic suicide bombing on May 22nd. Fury goes into the match with a 20-0 record and 50% KO rate whilst Parker boasts a similarly impressive 23-0 with a 78% KO rate.
Bellew v Ward
Though still in talks, Bellew has welcomed a fight against unbeaten Andre Ward. Bellew is willing to fight the light heavyweight champion IF he moves up to cruiserweight. Bellew is currently facing the choice of fighting the man regarded as the best active fighter alive or, alternatively, re-matching David Haye. Bellew seems confident about beating Ward, claiming ‘People are writing me off automatically straight away, but I am too big and too strong.’ Ward is unbeaten in 32 fights and currently holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. Ward’s trainer is eager, however, for him to skip the cruiserweight division to fight Anthony Joshua. Hunter believes that Ward would be able to get the better of Joshua with movement and boxing technique. Bellew currently holds a 29-2-1 record with a KO percentage of 59%. Ward, meanwhile, is unbeaten in 32 and holds a slightly lesser 50% KO percentage.
Anthony Joshua v ???
It is still unclear who Anthony Joshua’s next opponent might be. However, the heavyweight champ’s team flew to Las Vegas for talks about a showdown with Wladimir Klitschko. Hearn is trying to confirm Vegas as the venue after Klitschko, 41, refused to fight the undefeated champions under the closed roof of Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on October 28th. Hughie Fury will be after Joshua if he can dethrone WBO champ Joseph Parker but Fury admitted there’s no real race to fight Joshua first. Klitschko has told the Matchroom Sport MD that he’s only interested in a rematch if he can make it a spectacular event abroad. Other than Vegas, a potential rematch could also take place in locations such as Dubai or Nigeria.
Dillian Whyte v ???
Dillian Whyte has been targeting a world title fight this year but has, as of yet, been unable to secure a shot at WBC heavyweight champion. As a result, Whyte may have to ‘force’ his way into a world heavyweight title fight. Following Joseph Parker’s exhibition match at the Copper Box, Whyte confronted Parker nd challenged him to a fight in September. Whyte was quoted saying ‘I want to fight someone decent… I want the real title man’. It would seem then that Parker is likely to be his next opponent as he targets his first world title clash. Whyte’s record stands at 20-1 with a 71% knockout percentage.