By Tommy ‘Guru’ Allan
After a strong finish to an average 2016 there’s a lot to build on for the new year. Here are some fights that I would love to see.. Some will happen and some won’t.
Heavyweight – Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua
A fight that is a must in the heavyweight division if Joshua can get past an aged Wladimir Klitschko. Quite simply it would be the biggest fight in the history of British boxing. Heavyweight champion Fury is the man AJ needs to face and beat to become recognised as the best Heavyweight in the world. I think if this fight does happen, it will be in 2018, not in the new year.
Light Heavyweight – Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev II
As far as I’m concerned Kovalev won the first fight and won it well. This seems to be the popular opinion among both fans and media. A rematch is needed to clear up once and for all who the dominant fighter is in the 175lb weight class. I see the rematch going ahead in 2017.
Middleweight – Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez v Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin
There’s big money on the table for Golovkin to face Middleweight King Alvarez in September 2017 and it’s a fight the brilliant Kazakh needs to take. Golovkin who turns 35 in April lacks a standout name and a win over Canelo would give him exactly that. I see the fight being made as long as Golovkin’s team are sensible during negotiations and accept the fact Canelo is a massive A-side in the fight.
Super Featherweight – Vasyl Lomachenko v Orlando Salido II
Lomachenko might just be the best fighter in the world but he does have an “L” in what was a very close decision loss against the tough and rugged Mexican, Orlando Salido, in only his second pro fight. I see no reason why this can’t happen, especially when big names are scarce in the 130lb weight class.
Featherweight – Carl Frampton v Lee Selby
A natural UK unification fight if all goes well for both fighters in the Nevada desert at the end of January. Two proven world class fighters going head to head in a fight that would be sure to capture the publics imagination. If both win, which I think they will – The fight happens.
Super Flyweight – Roman Gonzalez v Naoya Inoue
The super fight of the little men! Many fans and experts consider Gonzalez to be the best fighter in the world pound-for-pound and that’s something nobody can really argue against. The little Nicaraguan has blazed a trail through 4 weight classes and in his last outing edged out brilliant Mexican Carlos Cuadras. Inoue is the new kid on the block and has quickly won world titles in 2 weight classes. Destruction wins over the credible Adrian Hernandez and Omar Narvaez put him firmly on the map and onto most boxing fans must watch list. Hopefully Inoue’s hand trouble is behind him.. If it is and he can stay healthy, there’s no reason this fight can’t be made.