The present state of boxing with its bitter promotional rivalries and warring television networks means fans are often left wanting. Don’t get me wrong; there are promoters out there who want to make the most exciting fights happen and whose presence is positive for the sport. Take Britain’s Eddie Hearne for example. You may not like his smooth spun Essex charm but it’s hard to argue with the results he delivers. Captivating the nation with Froch-Groves fever and filling London’s Wembley football stadium with 80,000 screaming fans just one of them. Part I of making 2015 a year to remember is to end the on-off saga between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. If the recent meetings between the two fighters bear fruit then we should see the fight announced imminently. May 2nd isn’t that far off after all. And even though the fight is coming four years too late it still remains a bout that will set all-time records and have us all on the edge of our seats.
Deontay Wilder becoming heavyweight champion is another positive development for the sport. He’s big, he’s bad and he’s just the sort of character the division needs. However for the division to pose real allure there has to be several credible contenders to the throne. The Klitshko brothers have been excellent ambassadors for the sport and worthy champions also, but for the division to be truly alive once again it needs new names to make the headlines. Britain has its share of fighters who are all seeking heavyweight glory in 2015. Tyson Fury: 6-foot-9 and armed with an equally sized mouth. David Haye: a former world champion who has promised to make a return in 2015. And Anthony Joshua: a potential crossover star with power, athleticism and the makings of a fine champion.
But with several hall of fame fighters destined to retire in the next couple of years who are the upcoming fighters ready to take the torch? Talented and undefeated Amir Imam is one junior-welterweight I’m expecting big things from in the future. He came to my attention on the undercard of Wilder-Stiverne producing an exciting performance to extend his unbeaten record to 16-0. Also fighting that night was Leo Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, whose form hasn’t been quite so scintillating as of late, expressed a desire during his post-fight interview to face either Britain’s Scott Quigg or Ireland’s Carl Frampton next. Though I’d rather see an eliminator between Quigg and Frampton first, either of those fights should they present themselves promise action. But there’s one fight that I have earmarked as a potential fight-of-the year candidate. On March 7th, Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero will face off against Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman. Both fighters can box, both like to slug it out and both have the ability to end the fight with either fist. Will it be Thurman’s night, or will Guerrero prove too much of a test for him? I’m going with the Ghost. So the scene is set. 2015 has the makings of a great year; let’s just hope it delivers.