IS 2017 BECOMING AN ICONIC YEAR FOR WORLD BOXING? NO SIGNS OF DECLINE

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Boxing is on the up, no questions. We have lacked blockbuster showdowns for years and 2017 has proved to be a year to never forget. This is a perfect time to take an interest into boxing as it seems its going to continue getting better and better. 

There have always been the names available, but politics involved have meant they have never faced each other. However when the superstars of the sport have collided in recent years, we have been left disappointed and frustrated.

We will never forget the anti climax we had when after 6 years of talking up a fight, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally got it on in the biggest and most expensive fight of boxing history. It stunk the world out and left a permanent scar on the sport as it seemed even the very best couldn’t deliver what we all expected.

Taking a look at the year on a whole, it has surpassed our expectations and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down at all.

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January 2017 – 

  • James DeGale v Badou Jack
  • Gervonta Davis v Jose Pedraza
  • Leo Santa Cruz v Carl Frampton II
  • Mikey Garcia v Dejan Zlaticanin.

February 2017 – 

  • Zhanat Zhakiyanov v Rau’shee Warren
  • Lamont Peterson v David Avanesyan
  • Deontay Wilder v Gerald Washington

March 2017 – Keith Thurman v Danny Garcia

  • Tony Bellew v David Haye
  • Gennady Golovkin v Daniel Jacobs
  • Roman Gonzalez v Srisaket Sor Rungvasai
  • Jorge Linares v Anthony Crolla

April 2017 – 

  • Mairis Breidis v Marco Huck
  • Vasyl Lomachenko v Jason Sosa
  • Liam Smith v Liam Williams
  • Julius Indongo v Ricky Burns
  • Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko

Anthony-Joshua-v-Wladimir-Klitschko-Wembley-Stadium (1)Photo Credit – (@SkySports)

May has already bought us Julio Cesar Chavez Jr v Canelo Alvarez and for the rest of the month we have Gervonta Davis v Liam Walsh and Kell Brook v Errol Spence Jr.

Billy Joe Saunders v Avtandil Khurtsidze adds to a cracking year so far but there is two more fights that are going to make 2017 one of the best. Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev II and the biggest fight in world boxing, Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez.

There is no reason why fans should not be tuning in to watch these huge fights. There is more outlets than ever to watch the sport with HBO, CBS, Showtime, Sky Sports, BT Sports and various other channels. You can also watch boxing via facebook pages, free streams and so on.

Talk of an Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko rematch is already underway with Deontay Wilder v Joseph Parker also following suit. The Gypsy King Tyson Fury is also expected to return later this year meaning this could be one of the best we have seen in years.

Everyone is stepping up to the plate this year, even Channel 5 and ITV are showing free to air boxing. It’s also a great time for the UK as well as we currently have multiple world champions in multiple divisions as we continue to grow our stable of world-class boxers.

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Positive scenes for the sport!

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