Boxing 2018 Wish ListWritten by DeMarkus Jones
As the first few hours of 2018 have past, I cannot help but get excited about what this year holds for all of us die hard boxing fans.
2017 gave us a lot of good moments such as the rise of Terrence Crawford, the dominating run of Vasyl Lomachenko and the fall of Roman Gonazalez. And it also gave us Golovkin vs Alvarez and Mayweather vs Mcgregor.
There were so many other huge moments, but this article is about the future. With that said, here are five things I am wishing to see in 2018.
1. A challenge for Lomachenko
I've previously written about the incredible run that Lomachenko is on. It is unbelievable. He has never been hurt and is barely touched. Now, as a fan, I want to see him pushed. I want to see him in the ring with an equal; Someone who can bring out the best in him.
In 2018, I would love to see Lomachenko get tested and how he responds to the challenge.
2. An Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
April 29, 2000 was the last time we had one true, undisputed heavyweight champion. Lennox Lewis unified all four sanctioning bodies and reigned as the best heavyweight in the world. Since that time, 26 men have held the title of heavyweight champion.
In an era where the credentials of many champions can be called into question, it would be a dream come true to get these top heavyweights to fight amongst each other and have one king at the top of the mountain.
3. No more bad decisions
I know this one is a longshot. Judges are human. Referees are human. All human beings are capable of error. However, there's little room for error in a sport that is as cruel and unforgiving as boxing, and fans would love to see errors minimized. Far too often a fighter will go out there and give his all only to have his well-deserved victory taken away from him by a blind referee or inept judges. Maybe re-education is in order? Maybe a change to the system would help? However, I would love to see 2018 be a year where only the fighters decide who wins fights.
4. More nationally televised fights
Whether it is one of the big cable networks, such as HBO and Showtime, or one of the broadcast TV channels, such as ESPN Spike TV or CBS, the world needs more non pay-per-view fights. While the pay-per-view model is important, having regularly televised fights will get more eyes on boxing and garner more interest in the sport.
I remember watching Roy Jones Jr. on Tuesday Night Fights on the USA Network when I was a kid.
I also vividly remember my father talking about watching the greats like Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard fight on ABC and CBS. Considering the worldwide reach the sport of boxing has, the more eyes we can get on our sport the better - And the more regularly televised fight cards we have, the more people that will become boxing fans.
5. More shine for the women
In an era where men and women are becoming more equal than ever, the female boxer continues to be lost in the shuffle. Most casual sports fans know the name of Ronda Rousey and UFC and Bellator normally have at least one women's title fight per broadcast. However, outside of Claressa Shields there aren't many prominent female boxers that come to mind. And that's a shame because there are some very talented female boxers. From Cecilia Braekhus to Hanna Gabriel, there is no shortage of talent amongst the female ranks.
Here's to hoping in 2018 then women get to strut their stuff a little more.
So there you have it. After an interesting and exciting 2017, those are a few of the things that I hope to see in 2018. Please be sure to let me know below what is on your 2018 boxing wish list.
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.