5 Fights We Want in 2012
Bernard Hopkins became the oldest world titleholder, Mayweather returned to the ring, Pacquiao looked beatable, we lost a few British world champions but more of our boys fought on the big stage than ever before, and the groundbreaking Super Six tournament birthed a new superstar. So more of the same in 2012 please!
And here’s how the Boxing Futures’ matchmaker hopes the next 365 days go in terms of the big fights we want to see…
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao
No surprises here. It needs to happen. Only difference is this time it isn’t being talked about like the last bastion of hope for an ailing sport. Boxing has survived without this fight and will continue to do just fine without it. But just to put an end to all the office chatter and pub banter these two men still have to get it on. A possibility that’s looked closer than ever over the past few months after the Filipino’s sub-par performance against Juan Manuel Marquez and Mayweather running out of opponents to turnover another big money windfall with.
Andre Ward vs Lucian Bute
Having come out of the revolutionary Super Six World Boxing Classic as the undisputed No1 super-middleweight in the world, there is only one tincy-wincy question that Ward still needs to answer. That question being IBF champion Lucian Bute. Having pulled off a massive coup in putting all the best super-middleweights together in the tournament in the first place, you just know Showtime will move heaven and earth to make this fight happen. Possibly another good one to close out the year after, as Team Ward puts it, Bute proves himself against some A-level fighters.
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
It’s been bubbling for a while now and the pair’s course direction has been seemingly set to collide after unforeseeable circumstances. With Khan’s rise up the weights having been derailed by Lamont Peterson, Brook has a little more time to get into position to welcome the Bolton man when he does finally get to welterweight. The hand speed, technical ability and history they have in the amateurs makes it a mouth watering domestic dust-up. Add to that all the extra bite from the frosty relationship between Team Khan and the Hearns, and it becomes a fight bill too good not to make.
Carl Froch vs Mikkel Kessler II
Who can forget that night in Denmark when the two super-middleweight warriors stood on each other’s toes for 12 long rounds and fought like they were sleeping with the same woman? And with both at a junction in their careers where they are trying to come again there is no better time to reunite old ties. No one would begrudge Froch a softer homecoming fight but with The Cobra already talking about getting right back among the division’s elite then it’s an even better sell and style match than a proposed contest with Lucian Bute.
Saul Alvarez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
If ever there was a contest to see what all the fuss is about, this is it. These two young Mexicans have gone 86 fights undefeated between them, built up a cult following usually reserved for legends and got their hands on the WBC title in their respective weight classes. It’s about time to figure out who the next Mexican Numero Uno is then. Being Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank’s hottest young stars it would need a lot of negotiating plus give and take from warring promoters Oscar De La Hoya and Bob Arum.