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Boxing: Looking Ahead to 2018

After potentially the best heavyweight clash of the decade at Wembley stadium in front of 90,000 fans that saw Anthony Joshua become the IBF, WBA and IBO champion of the world with a knockout win against Wladimir Klitschko, everyone wants to see a fight of similar magnitude in 2018.

The possible options for the 2012 Olympic gold medallist include Joseph Parker, the undefeated WBO belt holder from New Zealand, who seems keen to fight Joshua, offering him a 65-35 revenue split in the Londoner’s favour to try and secure the match-up. Arguably more exciting than the Parker fight would be a unification bout against Deontay Wilder; at 6’7” the American is undefeated in 39 fights making him more experienced than the Englishman, and with a 97.4% knockout percentage it could cause enough fireworks to eclipse the Klitschko clash.

However, an all English affair between Joshua and Tyson Fury could be the one that interests most British boxing fans, with the Gyspy King unbeaten before voluntarily vacating his titles so that he could focus on recovering from his mental health issues and drug claims. Yet, Fury has also called out Tony Bellew on social media ever since David Haye pulled out of their scheduled rematch due to injury. Whichever the opponent, 2018 looks to be a very bright year for Anthony Joshua.

Elsewhere in the boxing world, fans and pundits alike are calling for a rematch of the Golovkin vs Canelo fight that ended as a draw in a controversial decision. The initial middleweight superfight between the Kazakh and Mexican in September earned both fighters handsome six-figure sums and a clash in May or September 2018 is mooted, despite claims from the GGG camp that Alvarez is stalling the anticipated rematch.

Other predicted fights include British clashes between ‘I’m a Celebrity’ star Amir Khan and Sheffield’s Kell Brook, with Khan saying he “would love that fight” but would wait for a couple more wins to make it a “massive” matchup. 2018 could also see Eubank Jr. take on DeGale or Geroge Groves; lastly it could see the return of the Notorious Conor McGregor to the boxing ring, having earned $100 million from his loss vs Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

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