Boxing 2018: 3 fights that MUST happenWritten by DeMarkus Jones
With the holiday season fast approaching, people are making their shopping and wish lists.
As we end another exciting year for pugilistic combat, one can not help but look forward to 2018 and think about all of the tantalizing matchups that it may bring us.
Here are just a few fights that I am hoping to get in 2018. Seeing these fights made would be the perfect way to end 2017 and start 2018 on the right foot.
Terence Crawford vs Keith Thurman
This fight has 'must-see' written all over it as Crawford and Thurman are two young, hungry, confident undefeated champions.
Crawford has established himself as the best 140 lb. fighter in the world and is moving up to 147 for bigger fights and bigger paydays while Thurman has recently become the man to beat at 147 with his victory over Danny Garcia. This fight would be the most difficult test to date for both fighters and the winner would be 'the Man' in one of the deepest divisions in boxing and would have major pound-for-pound consideration.
There has been major hype and speculation surrounding this fight. Both men have mentioned one another as potential opponents. This fight could and should actually happen.
Jermall Charlo vs Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin
Jermall Charlo is the mandatory challenger for the WBC Middleweight title which is currently owned by Gennady Golovkin. However, due to his draw with Canelo Alvarez, there is unfinished business. Logic says Golovkin and Canelo will fight again. Hopefully, Charlo will face the winner.
Charlo vs GGG or Canelo would make for a spectacular PPV. Jermall is young, hungry and strong, and his aggressive, fan-friendly style makes for an entertaining bout every time he steps in the ring. He has been very vocal about wanting his title shot and I believe he will get it mid to late next year.
Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder
This fight sells itself. The two biggest punchers in the heavyweight division share a ridiculous 57 knockouts in 58 fights. They are also undefeated, polarizing champions. And amazingly, both men want the fight.
This past Saturday, Anthony Joshua took care of his side by stopping Carlos Takam in 10 Rounds. Now, we need Deontay Wilder to get past his rematch with the man he won the title from in 2015, Bermane Stiverne.I fully expect Wilder to win this rematch and head into 2018 with Joshua in his sights. This fight will make for the biggest heavyweight clash since Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis in 1999. The winner of Wilder vs Joshua will be able to call himself the true heavyweight champion.
Be sure to let me know your picks for these fights and any other potential matchups you are looking forward to in 2018.
My name is DeMarkus Jones and I am an amatuer boxer, trained in MuayThai and a 3rd degree black belt in Karate. I am a combat sports enthusiast and historian residing in Houston, Texas. If I'm not watching boxing or reading about boxing, I am probably in the gym myself.