Written by: DeMarkus Jones – As the last few hours and minutes of 2017 tick away I cannot help but get excited about what 2018 holds for all of us die hard boxing fans. 2017 gave us a lot of good moments. The rise of Terrence Crawford. The dominating run of Vasyl Lomachenko. The fall of Roman Gonazalez. Golovkin vs Alvarez. Mayweather vs Mcgregor. I know there are so many other huge moments that I could name however this article is about the future. With that being said here are five things I am wishing to see in 2018.
He just keeps getting better. Another Saturday night. Another championship fight. Another easy bell to bell victory. After the way he handled Guillermo Rigondeaux tonight you have to wonder if … Read more
Wow!!!! I’m still a little stunned at what I just saw. Today is November 4th. The time is 10:51 central time. I just witnessed a 1 round destruction of Bermane Stiverne by Deontay Wilder. Wilder looked phenomenal tonight. He looked calm, composed and calculating. A lion stalking his prey. He pounced and pounced in a hurry. From the opening bell everything Wilder did had bad intentions written all over it. Even his jab looked mean.
As I watched the fight I turned to my fiance’ and said Wilder looks like he wants to take him out. Which he did in violent dominating fashion. However it was how he went about the k.o. that impressed me the most. Given the heated trash talk and legitimate bad blood between the two men I expected Wilder to come out swinging from the outset. However Wilder started aggressive yet measured.
Just like the middle child or the last pick for the dodgeball game, WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker finds himself in a very precarious position as the forgotten heavyweight champion. Often overlooked, undervalued and disregarded, Joseph Parker is not as revered as his champion counterparts Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder. Even non titleholders such as Kubrat Pulev and Jarell Miller generate more buzz than Parker. With Joshua having defeated Carlos Takam by 10th round stoppage and Wilder set to rematch Bermane Stiverne on November 4th. The world is already beating the drums for a Wilder vs Joshua showdown. Both fighters seem to want the fight as well. However there is no real mention of Joseph Parker. His last fight was a majority decsion victory over Hughie Fury. What can Parker do to raise his profile and secure a big fight?
With the holiday season fast approaching. Many people are making their shopping lists 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 with be the perfect way to end 2017 and start off 2018 on the right foot.
Terence Crawford vs Keith Thurman.
On Thursday October 19 a very interesting video surfaced on social media. The video was a short snippet of Floyd “Money” Mayweather training at his gym. Decked out in full gear he was banging the heavy bag. Speculation soon followed. Is he fighting again? It sure didn’t seem like he was going through the motions. However Floyd is a fitness addict who also loves attention. While no one except Floyd knows if he is going to fight again. I sure would like to see him have one more go in the ring.
On December 9 2017 at Madison Square Garden one of the best fights of the decade will take place when Vasyl Lomachenko takes on Guillermo Rigondeaux. Two technically sound, defensively gifted fighters. Two decorated amateurs with numerous accolades including multiple gold medals. However despite being a pro longer and taking on many big names Rigondeaux seems like the sidekick. Lomachenko is a star. He has many fans both hardcore and casual while Rigondeaux is still struggling to connect with fans. Which is a shame since Rigondeaux is a masterful boxer with real skill and tremendous back story that has big screen written all over it.
Recently Amir Khan used his instagram to apologize for his lengthy absence and declare that he is ready for a ring return. 2017 has not been the best year for Khan. First off he has not fought in over a year. His last fight being a scary knock out at the hands of Canelo Alvarez. Despite performing well, especially early on he fell to Canelo’s power. Also he had a potential fight with former stablemate Manny Pacquiao fall through. Khan’s personal life has been a bit of a struggle as well. As we all know personal issues can either distract us from our work or drive us. It will be interesting to see which is the case for Khan.
Gatekeeper. Many casual and hardcore fans alike use the term in a negative sense. Defining someone who did not capitalize on their hype. Maybe a fighter who couldn’t make the most of their amazing talent. A fighter who reached the top of the sport only to flame out quickly. To refer to these fighters as “failures” or “busts” is doing the fighters and the sport a disservice. For starters boxing is a brutal sport. It takes years away from your life. Any person willing to choose this life deserves respect and admiration.
Or maybe the better question is who is next for Andre Ward? Andre “S.O.G.” is in a very rare position where he is considered the “man” at his weight class. While not the biggest draw at 175 Ward is definitely considered the best fighter. With his two disputed yet valid victories over Sergey Kovalev many have wondered what is next for Ward. Many of the the top light heavyweights are ready matches up. Kovalev will be back in the ring in November. While Adonis Stevenson and Eleider Alvarez are in talks to fight one another at the end of the year. However there are some options out there to be explored.