The game of boxing has always fascinated fans from all across the globe. After a list of great fights that entertained fans in the year 2016, the new year is all set to excite boxing fans with a list of fresh fights. Here is a list of the top 9 most anticipated boxing matches for the year 2017:
1) Conor McGregor Vs Floyd Mayweather:
This is undoubtedly the most hyped and anticipated boxing fights scheduled to take place in the year 2017. With Floyd Mayweather not keen to try his luck in the MMA circuit, Cornor has no choice but to challenge him in the boxing ring. Interestingly, Conor has managed to obtain his boxing fight license in California. While the fight is on the cards, the actual date of this fight is yet to be determined. Apparently, the negotiations are primarily based on the fight purse.
2) Danny Jacobs Vs Gennady Golovkin:
Gennady is undoubtedly one of the most highly skilled boxer in the world today. Unfortunately, he has not been able to get the desired attention from boxing fans. In the Middleweight division, Gennady Golovkin is known to have a perfect record (36 wins and no losses). The fight against Danny Jacobs is set to take place in March, 18’th 2017. Apparently, Danny Jacobs defeated Sergio Mora in his previous fight and immediately challenged Gennady Golovkin for his next fight.
3) Danny Garcia Vs Keith Thurman:
The Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman fight was among the most anticipated boxing events of the year 2017. Both boxers are the top contenders of the welterweight division and both of them have remained undefeated in their respective bouts. This fight is all set to catapult their career into the mainstream boxing division thereby leading to a direct increment in their prize money.
4) Wladimir Klitschko Vs Anthony Joshua:
Since September, 2016, the proposed fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko has been making waves across the boxing circuit, with no final date being determined by either fight camp. Nonetheless, April 29’th 2017 has been deemed as the official date when both these fighters finally slug it out. The IBF Heavyweight title is on the line. Apparently, Anthony won the IBF title from Charles Martin in April 2016. While Wladimir is considered to be one of the most dominant boxers of all times, he has not fought since his loss to Fury in the year 2015.
5) Badou Jack Vs James DeGale:
Recognized the world over as the world’s best middleweight boxers, both Badou and James have managed to create a niche for themselves in this highly competitive boxing circuit. The Super-Middleweight division has always experienced its shares of ups and downs. This bout took place on January 14th 2017 and turned out to be an ‘all-out’ entertainer for enthusiastic boxing fans. After a grueling 12 rounds, Badou Jack edged past DeGale on the basis of points (unanimous decision) to retain the WBC Super Middleweight Title. Nonetheless, James still retains his IBF Super Middleweight Belt.
6) Leo Santa Cruz Vs Carl Frampton:
This fight too deserves a special mention in the year 2017. It is between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz. This fight took place in the month of January, 2017. It is interesting to note that in the month of July, 2016, Leo Santa Cruz lost the WBA Featherweight title to Frampton. This title loss also happened to be Leo’s only loss in his professional boxing career. Interesting, Cruz avenged his defeat after a grueling 12 round battle to win back his world title in a decisive manner.
7) Anthony Crolla Vs Jorge Linares:
After having lost the WBA title in Manchester to Linares, Anthony is all set to win the belt back in a re-match. The 135 pound division is all set to witness yet another grueling battle amidst two boxing giants in the month of March. The winner of this match could become the most recognized fighter in the Lightweight division thereby leading to a possible unification fight.
8) Julius Indongo Vs Ricky Burns:
Julius Indongo is known to have made a blazing entry in the 140 pound division last year by capturing the IFB Belt. Ricky Burns is undoubtedly one of the most experienced fighters in the circuit. So, this match is going to be a tough one for both these competitors.
9) Eleider Alvarez Vs Lucian Bute:
The 175 pound division witnessed a spectacular fight between two highly recognized fighters Eleider Alvarez and Lucian Bute. The end result was a showstopper. Using his superior punching power, speed and stamina, Alvarez stopped Bute in the fifth round thereby earning a knockout victory.