Out With Old In With New
2017 will be considered one of the best years in boxing in recent time. Not only did we get almost every fight we wanted, we also got the unexpected like Mikey Garcia vs Adrien Broner and Vasyl Lomachenko vs Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Perhaps more importantly, we seen a changing of the guard with names like Floyd Mayweather, Wladimir Klitschko, Andre Ward, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto retiring and the emergence of stars such as Terence Crawford and Lomachenko to the #1 spot. Garcia, Errol Spence, Nayou Inoue,Canelo Alvarez and the Charlo twins, Jermell and Jermall, as well.
Hopefully, 2018 can mirror 2017 because there are still alot of fights that still need to be made. The featherweight division is one of the most talented in boxing with Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton, Abner Mares, Lee Selby, and maybe even the most talented of the bunch Gary Russell.
Then there’s the potential showdown between Jermell Charlo and Jarret Hurd, that‘s sure to be fireworks reminiscent of the 154 lb title fights of the 80’s. We should see Canelo vs GGG part 2 with Jermall Charlo waiting for the winner. Spence vs Keith Thurman is another super fight that could be potentially made in 2018 if the latter can stay injury free and both men keep winning. Then you have Crawford moving up to welterweight and looking to fight Jeff Horn and any other welterweight title holders. That leaves 140 lb division up for grabs and where we could see a star shine in Regis Prograis as he could have his breakthrough year.
What about the light heavyweights? With Ward retiring you have Sergey Kovalev, Dmitry Bivol, Sullivan Barrera and Artur Beterbiev all aiming for the crown. I believe all those fights end in knockout. Next we have what some are calling THE fight and definitely the biggest heavyweight fight in 15 years, Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder. This one should bring the casualfans out. It is boxing glamour division and with two power punchers, this one will surely deliver. And what about Lomachenko, will him and Mikey eventually get it on, will he move up to rule another division. Lomachenko has many options moving forward and it should be interesting to see what fights get made because he always seems to want to fight the best and will do whatever it takes to be the best.
2018 could mark the year where a new regime takes over. These fighters will be looking to make a name for themselves, looking to be the next boxing superstar with the older fighters out the way, 2018 could truly be out with the old and in with the new.
By: J. Blake Whitehead