The past 12 months has been some of the best in over 10 years for heavyweight boxing. Not necessarily because of the excitement of the fights but because of the outcomes and the doors they’ve opened for possible future bouts.
Tyson Fury beating Wladimir Klitschko is undoubtedly the best thing that could of happened for the entire sport. No longer the days where the dominant Klitschko is holding all the belts, demanding to fight in Germany, hand picking opponents and using the low risk jab and grab technique. Today we have in Fury, a loud, brash and controversial champion – everything that Klitschko wasn’t.
Anthony Joshua delivered in his biggest test to date, showing that all the hype surrounding him is justified. In defeating Dillian Whyte he didn’t just beat his opponent but also his critics. He displayed a boxing brain to match those comic book muscles and God given power.
Deontay Wilder had an active year keeping his unblemished record in tact. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment was the realisation that he can be involved in the biggest of fights. The fights that can give him a legitimate legacy must be against British fighters. Love us or hate us we Brits have great talent in the heavyweight division and we always get behind our fighters. The numbers alone show that these shores are the place to strap on your gloves for that big payday in the heavyweight division. David Haye last weekend for example, fighting a unknown opponent in Marc de Mori, with a weak undercard still out sold Wilder’s last bout (which had a championship belt at stake and a co main event which also was a heavyweight championship of the world bout). Granted, flying Tyson Fury over to the States for some post fight squabbling was an inspired move by Team Wilder! Surely this will ignite British interest and fans will now take the time to monitor Wilder’s progress if they believe he will meet the ‘furious one’ some time down the line. However, American fans are becoming impatient with Deontay and his reluctance to take on dangerous fights but if he is to fight one of the top heavyweights, Tyson Fury stylistically is his best match by a long long way. I think he agrees.
The best thing to happen to the division is the return of one David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye. Yes his opponent was out of his depth so we didn’t get to see how the shoulder held up in later rounds but what we did see was the power and footwork that all boxing fans love about David.
Can you imagine a 2016 that features Wilder vs Fury to unify the belts? Haye vs Joshua as a number 1 contender bout? Red panty night for all those involved especially the fans!
So what’s stopping it I hear you cry? Ignoring purses, promoters, sponsors, commissions and everything else that tries to kill boxing. Fury has the tough task of the rematch with Klitschko. Not only having to beat his opponent again but he has to beat the notoriously biased judges for a second time. I don’t think there will be too many hurdles in acquiring Wilder’s signature for the subsequent match up if Fury does manage it however.
Anthony Joshua has to stay active. He is now at a stage of his career where he needs to demonstrate to his team (not his fans) that he is ready to fight someone of the calibre of David Haye. A good win over Kubrat Pulev could fit the bill. Robert Helenius has recently vacated the European title which opens up the way for a showdown between Derek Chisora which would be an intriguing match up.
As for David Haye, he has done more than enough in his career to prove his quality. All that fans hope for from the ‘Hayemaker’ is the chance to watch more of the same. One thing I have always respected about David Haye is his rare and endearing trait of wanting to fight the best. Not many people are calling out Anthony Joshua but he is.
As for the winner vs winner match up let’s not get ahead of ourselves. But I would be a very happy boxing fan to see any of these four compete for the undisputed title.
Martin vs Chisora
I’ve been going back and forth on social media and I believe Martin has a voluntary fight next. This would setup an exciting affair and a great opportunity for Del Boy to bring a belt back to the UK.
Price vs Whyte
Dillian made more fans than he lost against AJ. David Price seems to be on a downslide but still has name value. Would be a great test for both men and it would sell tickets