Joey Dawejko: Heavyweight rumoured to have KOd Anthony Joshua in sparring has next fight announced against Murat Gassiev

11 Jun

Joey Dawejko will be back in action against the formidable Murat Gassiev on July 27 in Arlington, Texas.

The 29-year-old has been a major talking point in boxing over the past week, as it was rumoured he knocked Anthony Joshua out in sparring before the Brit’s upset defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.

Joey Dawejko sparred with Anthony Joshua during training camp
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On June 1, AJ was floored four times and stopped by Ruiz in one of boxing’s biggest upsets in recent times.

Many observers have attempted to justify the shock result, with multiple theories emerging as supposed ‘explanations’ for Joshua’s downfall.

One of the most prominent whispers suggested that 19-7-4 heavyweight Dawejko KOd the champion while sparring in preparation for the bout – though the Brit’s promoter Eddie Hearn has denied any such occurrence.

Now, Dawejko’s next fight has been announced and he is working with Hearn once again.

Former unified cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev recently signed with the Matchroom boss and will now be making his heavyweight debut on June 27.

Murat Gassiev was one of the world’s most feared cruiserweights and is now moving up to heavyweight
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Dawejko has been viewed as the ideal opponent and so the pair will square off on the undercard of Maurice Hooker vs Jose Ramirez at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, USA.

Eddie Hearn to sign Russian cruiserweight killer Murat Gassiev ahead of move to heavyweight

5 Mar

Murat Gassiev is set to sign with British promoter Eddie Hearn ahead of his move up to heavyweight.

The former WBA and IBF cruiserweight world champion lost his world titles to Oleksandr Usyk last July and has since undergone shoulder surgery to correct an injury which hampered him during that bout.

Murat Gassiev was one of the world’s most feared cruiserweights with a record of 26-1 (19 KOs)

Now, the 25-year-old is ready to return to the ring and will be following in Usyk’s footsteps by signing with Hearn and moving up to heavyweight.

The promoter initially hinted at the deal in an interview with IFLTV, saying: “Couple of new signings. One heavyweight signing.

“No [he’s not American]. He’s a big name in boxing. He’s moving up to heavyweight.”

Eddie Hearn is continually recruiting fighters for his US stable

This prompted speculation that Gassiev would be joining the Matchroom stable.

It was later all but confirmed by Ring Magazine and FOX Sports journalist Mike Coppinger, who claims the Russian is expected to join on a multi-fight deal.

The signing will be part of Hearn and Matchroom USA’s deal to broadcast on streaming service DAZN in America – Gassiev’s fights will be shown on Sky Sports in the UK.

Top 10 pound-for-pound hardest punchers in boxing today, including Anthony Joshua, Gennady Golovkin and Gervonta Davis

5 Mar

When Muhammad Ali stepped out of the ring against Earnie Shavers in 1977, the undisputed heavyweight champion seemed to be the same confident fighter who had revolutionised the sport.

But the terrifying truth is there were times in the final round of the fight at Madison Square Garden where ‘The Greatest’ was completely unconscious on his feet.

Ali was caught flush in the second round with a right overhand to the jaw which he claimed ‘shook my kinfolk back in Africa’.

Gennady Golovkin is still one of the biggest punchers in the world today

Shavers, although not necessarily a technically-gifted boxer, possessed the sort of power that scares teammates in sparring and can change fights in an instant.

To this day, boxing is filled with powerful punchers who can render far more skilled opponents helpless – regardless of their size or talent.

While The Ring Magazine have a pound-for-pound list based on a week-by-week point system judging ring skills, this list aims to focus on just pure brute force and power.

So, without further ado, scroll down to see (in this writer’s opinion) the hardest-hitting, pound-for-pound boxers in the world today.

10. Keith Thurman (Welterweight) – 73% KO Rate

Although he has struggled with injuries, ‘One Time’ has not lost his punching power

Considered one of the hardest punchers in the welterweight division, Thurman carries the moniker ‘One Time’ with distinction as an homage to his knockout power.

His rise to the top was meteoric with notable victories over former IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz giving fans an indication of just how hard he can punch. Diaz revealed he had never given up in a fight, but failed to come from his corner for round 4 – such was Thurman’s power.

Although surgery on his right elbow kept the former WBC and WBA champion out of the ring for almost two years, Thurman made a triumphant return to the ring with a decision victory over Josesito Lopez in January of this year.

Whether or not he still has the same devastating power remains to be seen, but the 30-year-old is certainly not done yet.

9. Daniel Dubois (Heavyweight) – 89% KO Rate

‘Dynamite’ by name, dynamite by nature

Dubois comes from a family of boxers, with his two younger siblings making their way into the sport. And if either of them possess anything like the power of ‘Dynamite’, opponents will be hard to find.

It was reported that, as a teenager, Dubois dropped Anthony Joshua in sparring. The world heavyweight champion’s next opponent Jarrell Miller has duly selected the youngster as a sparring partner to pick his brain for the upcoming bout in New York.

However, the sort of power Dubois possesses cannot be taught and his physical strength matches his astute shot selection.

A domestic battle with Nathan Gorman seemingly beckons next, with the Londoner looking to emulate ‘AJ’ and accelerate onto the world stage.

8. Gervonta Davis (Super Featherweight) – 95% KO Rate

Davis certainly packs a punch and wants to fight Vasyl Lomachenko in the future

The 24-year-old known as ‘Tank’ certainly lives up to his nickname with his ferocious punching power and devastating speed.

He defended his WBA Super-Featherweight belt last month with a huge first round knockout of Hugo Ruiz – who later admitted the Baltimore-native was too strong and powerful for him.

While Davis raised some eyebrows by claiming he ‘hits harder’ than Deontay Wilder, there is no denying he certainly packs a punch.

A fight with kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa has been mentioned by mentor Floyd Mayweather Jr, but fans want to see the heavy-hitter tested against the likes of Ryan Garcia or even pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko.

7. Anthony Joshua (Heavyweight) – 95% KO Rate

Joshua sends Wladimir Klitschko back to Ukraine with an almighty uppercut in 2017

It seems slightly unbelievable the unified heavyweight champion would be as relatively low on this list as he is.

However, Joshua is not a one-punch knockout artist, rather his predatory instincts are quite incredible. When his opponents are hurt, the Olympic Gold medallist has shown a clinically ruthless side.

While many considered Joshua to simply be an Adonis-type poster boy, his step-up fight against Wladimir Klitschko proved he had world-class talent.

The former world champion was left bloodied, battered and bruised on the canvas at Wembley back in 2017 after going 11 rounds with the starlet.

6. Artur Beterbiev (Light-Heavyweight) – 100% KO Rate

The Russian is a genuinely terrifying prospect for anyone at 175lbs

After 13 fights, Beterbiev has 13 stoppages in the professional game after more than 300 victories as an amateur and all have been truly spectacular.

Callum Johnson bravely travelled to Chicago to travel the Russian for his IBF world title, even managing to drop Beterbiev. But the 34-year-old responded in devastating fashion and the Brit wilted under the pressure in the fourth round.

A potential fight with WBO champion Sergey Kovalev beckons this year and it is unlikely that contest will reach the final bell.

Beterbiev is incredibly strong for the weight class and given his age, seems unlikely to move up the weight divisions. Expect to see plenty more knockouts.

5. David Lemieux (Middleweight) – 77% KO Rate

While his ring craft may leave a lot to be desired, the Canadian has devastating power

After a series of disappointing defeats in his early years, Lemieux established himself as one of the best middleweights in the world in 2014 when he claimed his seventh consecutive knockout Gabriel Rosado.

He destroyed number one contender Hassan N’Dam by dropping him four times en route to earning a winner-takes-all fight with Gennady Golovkin in 2015.

Although the Canadian lost, his power still terrified contenders and he blitzed all comers until he was out-pointed by the slick Billy Joe Saunders.

With his career seemingly on the wane after his fourth professional loss, the 30-year-old proved he still has much to offer by completely folding Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan with a first-round knockout in 2018, considered by many to be KO of the Year.

4. Murat Gassiev (Cruiserweight) – 68% KO Rate

Gassiev remains dangerous in every second of every round until the final bell

After turning pro just before his 18th birthday, Gassiev moved quickly through the ranks and earned a move to Big Bear in America to train with renowned coach Abel Sanchez.

In his first serious step up against Jordan Shimmell in May 2016, a fight broadcast on Fox, the Russian dismantled his opponent with a truly spectacular knockout.

An entry into the World Boxing Super Series followed for the IBF world champion, who beat up fellow power puncher Yunier Dorticos with an emphatic finish which sent the Cuban through the ropes.

Although he was outclassed by Oleksandr Usyk in the final of the competition, Gassiev is still just 25 years old and looks set to dominate in the cruiserweight division for many years to come – especially considering Usyk in on the way up to heavyweight.

3. Gennady Golovkin (Middleweight) – 85% KO Rate

Coach Abel Sanchez raves about the power and strength of the Kazakh

From humble beginnings in his native Kazakhstan to becoming the star of HBO Boxing, Gennady Golovkin wowed audiences across the globe with his sensational power and technical ability.

After a stellar amateur career, ‘GGG’ began to wipe out anyone willing to step into the ring with the ferocious puncher.

It seems almost ludicrous that the softly-spoken and mild-mannered 36-year-old can render opponents unconscious with such consummate ease.

But Golovkin, who has never hit the canvas in his life, has incredible footwork and torque in his punches which has reportedly even sent heavyweights home from sparring camps.

2. Deontay Wilder (Heavyweight) – 95% KO Rate

For a heavyweight to weigh less than 215 lbs and still possess the power Wilder has is incredible

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ tried his hand at boxing relatively late, which would perhaps explain why he wastes no time in trying to take the head off any man who steps foot in the ring with him.

Wilder has knocked out all but one of his opponents, with Tyson Fury somehow managing to rise off the canvas like The Undertaker in their incredible fight back in December 2018.

The American apparently was close to detaching Audley Harrison’s retina from his skull during a sparring session in 2012, before Wilder beat the Brit in a professional contest a year later inside one round.

While an instant rematch with Fury now looks to be in doubt, the 33-year-old will demand the respect of whomever steps through the ropes to face him because of his sensational power.

1. Naoya Inoue (Bantamweight) – 88% KO Rate

The Japanese boxer has welterweight power and uses it to devastating effect

Naoya Inoue may not exactly be a household name in mainstream boxing conversations, but the man nicknamed ‘Monster’ deserves recognition for possessing incredible power.

If he were from America or Europe and weighed more than 130lbs, there is every chance the Japanese superstar would be considered pound-for pound number one.

Inoue’s incredible skills and ring craft were known long before he made his World Boxing Super Series debut against Juan Carlos Payano last October. But a devastating first round finish sent genuine shock waves through the world of boxing.

The 25-year-old is now considered by many to be one of the hardest pound-for-pound punchers in the world today and is set to face off against Emmanuel Rodriguez in the WBSS semi-finals in Glasgow in May.

Boxing schedule 2019: All major upcoming bouts and results including Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury

1 Jan

After a thrilling year for boxing, here’s hoping 2019 proves equally as entertaining.

Here is the full list of major fights scheduled to take place this year…

September 21, Rabobank Theater, Bakersfield, California – Al Haymon’s PBC

🇬🇧📺 None Confirmed // 🇺🇸📺 FS1

  • Peter Quillin vs Alfredo Angulo (Super-Middleweight)

September 27, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK – Frank Warren

🇬🇧📺 BT Sport // 🇺🇸📺 ESPN+

  • Daniel Dubois vs Ebenezer Tetteh (Commonwealth Heavyweight Title)
  • Nicola Adams vs Maria Salinas (WBO Flyweight Title)

September 28, Bilbao Arena, Bilbao, Spain – MGZ

🇬🇧📺 None Confirmed // 🇺🇸📺 None Confirmed

  • David Avanesyan vs Kerman Lejarraga II (European Welterweight Title)

September 28, H Arena, Nantes, France – Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar

🇬🇧📺 None Confirmed // 🇺🇸📺 None Confirmed

  • Tony Yoka vs Michael Wallisch (Heavyweight)

September 28, Staples Center, LA, USA – Al Haymons’ PBC

🇬🇧📺 Sky Sports // 🇺🇸📺 FOX PPV

  • Errol Spence vs Shawn Porter (WBC & IBF Welterweight Titles)
  • Anthony Dirrell vs David Benavidez (WBC Super-Middleweight Title)
  • Mario Barrios vs Batyr Akhmedov (Super-Lightweight)
  • Josesito Lopez vs John Molina Jr (Welterweight)
Spence vs Porter will be an all-American unification
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October 5, MSG, New York, USA – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom & GGG

🇬🇧📺 None Confirmed // 🇺🇸📺 DAZN

  • Gennady Golovkin vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko (IBF Middleweight Title)

October 5, Dort Federal Event Center, Michigan, USA – Dmitry Salita’s Promotions

🇬🇧📺 None Confirmed // 🇺🇸📺 Showtime

  • Claressa Shields vs Ivana Habazin (WBO Super-Welterweight Title)

October 11, Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK – MTK Global

🇬🇧📺 iFL TV // 🇺🇸📺 ESPN+

  • Jay Harris vs Paddy Barnes (European Flyweight Title)
  • Terry Flanagan vs Opponent TBC (Super-Lightweight)

October 12, FD Arena, Leeds, UK – Frank Warren’s Queensberry

🇬🇧📺 BT Sport // 🇺🇸📺 ESPN+

  • Josh Warrington vs Sofiane Takoucht (IBF Featherweight Title)

October 12, Wintrust Arena, Chicago, UK – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

🇬🇧📺 Sky Sports // 🇺🇸📺 DAZN

  • Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyrone Spong (Heavyweight)

October 18, Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

🇬🇧📺 None Confirmed // 🇺🇸📺 ESPN

  • Artur Beterbiev vs Oleksandr Gvozdyk (IBF & WBC Light-Heavyweight Titles)

October 19, Utilita Arena, Newcastle, UK – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

🇬🇧📺 Sky Sports // 🇺🇸📺 DAZN

  • Robbie Davies Jr vs Lewis Ritson (Super-Lightweight)
  • Ted Cheeseman vs Scott Fitzgerald (British Super-Welterweight Title)

October 26, O2 Arena, London, UK – WBSS & Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

🇬🇧📺 Sky Sports Box Office // 🇺🇸📺 DAZN

  • Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor (WBA & IBF Super-Lightweight Titles)
  • Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker (Heavyweight)
  • Ricky Burns vs Lee Selby (Lightweight)
  • Yves Ngabu vs Lawrence Okolie (European Cruiserweight Title)

October 26, Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

🇬🇧📺 None Confirmed // 🇺🇸📺 ESPN+

  • Shakur Stevenson vs Joet Gonzalez (WBO Featherweight Title)
Regis Prograis is the WBA champion, Josh Taylor is the IBF champion
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November 2, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA – Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy

🇬🇧📺 None Confirmed // 🇺🇸📺 DAZN

  • Canelo Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev (WBO Light-Heavyweight Title)

November 2, Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

🇬🇧📺 None Confirmed // 🇺🇸📺 ESPN

  • Miguel Berchelt vs Jason Sosa (WBC Super-Featherweight Title)

November 7, Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – World Boxing Super Series Final

🇬🇧📺 None Confirmed // 🇺🇸📺 DAZN

  • Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire (WBA & IBF Bantamweight Titles)
  • Nordine Oubaali vs Takuma Inoue (WBC Bantamweight Title)

November 9, Staples Center, LA, USA – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

🇬🇧📺 None Confirmed // 🇺🇸📺 DAZN

  • KSI vs Logan Paul II (Cruiserweight)

November 9, Chukchansi Park, Fresno, California, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

🇬🇧📺 None Confirmed // 🇺🇸📺 ESPN+

  • Jamel Herring vs Lamont Roach Jr (WBO Super-Featherweight Title)

November 15, Olympia, Liverpool, UK – MTK Global

🇬🇧📺 iFL TV // 🇺🇸📺 ESPN+

  • Rocky Fielding vs Opponent TBC (Super-Middleweight)

November 16, Emirates Arena, Glasgow, UK – MTK Global

🇬🇧📺 iFL TV // 🇺🇸📺 ESPN+

  • Lee McGregor vs Kash Farooq (British & Commonwealth Bantamweight Titles)

December 7, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

🇬🇧📺 Sky Sports Box Office // 🇺🇸📺 DAZN

  • Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua II (WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles)
Inoue is a three-weight world champion, Donaire is a four-weight world champion
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Results

January 13, Microsoft Theater, LA, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Caleb Plant UD Jose Uzcategui (IBF Super-Middleweight Title)
  • Guillermo Rigondeaux KO1 Giovanni Delgado (Super-Bantamweight)

January 18, Turning Stone, New York, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Oscar Rivas TKO12 Bryant Jennings (Heavyweight)

January 18, MSG Theater, New York, USA – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom USA

  • Demetrius Andrade TKO12 Artur Akavov (WBO Super-Middleweight Title)
  • TJ Doheny TKO11 Ryohei Takahashi (IBF Super-Bantamweight Title)
  • Pablo Cesar Cano TKO1 Jorge Linares (Super-Lightweight)

January 19, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Manny Pacquiao UD Adrien Broner (WBA ‘Regular’ Welterweight Title)
  • Marcus Browne UD Badou Jack (WBA ‘Interim’ Light-Heavyweight Title)
  • Nordine Oubaali UD Rau’shee Warren (WBC Bantamweight Title)

January 26, Toyota Center, Houston, USA – Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy

  • Jamie Munguia UD Takeshi Inoue (WBO Super-Welterweight Title)
  • Can Xu UD Jesus Rojas (WBA ‘Regular’ Featherweight Title)

January 26, Barclays Center, New York, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Keith Thurman MD Josesito Lopez (WBA Welterweight Title)
  • Adam Kownacki TKO2 Gerald Washington (Heavyweight)
Manny Pacquiao beat Adrien Broner on January 19 in Las Vegas

February 2, O2 Arena, London, UK – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Sergio Garcia UD Ted Cheeseman (European Super-Welterweight Title)
  • Craig Richards TKO3 Jake Ball (Light-Heavyweight)
  • Lawrence Okolie TKO3 Tamas Lodi (Cruiserweight)

February 2, Ford Center, Texas, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank/Kathy Duva’s Main Events

  • Sergey Kovalev UD Eleider Alvarez II (WBO Light-Heavyweight Title)
  • Oscar Valdez TKO7 Carmine Tommasone (WBO Featherweight Title)
  • Richard Commey TKO2 Isa Chaniev (IBF Lightweight Title)
  • Teofimo Lopez KO7 Diego Magdaleno (Lightweight)

February 9, Vitality Health Center, LA, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Gervonta Davis KO1 Hugo Ruiz (WBA Super-Featherweight Title)

February 9, Fantasy Springs Casino, California, USA, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy

  • Rey Vargas UD Franklin Manzanilla (WBC Super-Bantamweight Title)
  • Andrew Cancio KO4 Alberto Machado (WBA ‘Regular’ Super-Featherweight Title)

February 10, Save Mart Arena, Fresno, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Jose Ramirez UD Jose Zepeda (WBC Super-Lightweight Title)
  • Ray Beltran KO9 Hiroki Okada (Lightweight)

February 15, Grand Casino, Minnesota, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Rob Brant TKO11 Khasan Baysangurov (WBA ‘Regular’ Middleweight Title)

February 16, Microsoft Theater, LA, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Leo Santa Cruz UD Rafael Rivera (WBA Featherweight Title)
  • Omar Figueroa Jr UD John Molina Jr (Welterweight)

February 23, O2 Arena, London, UK – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Chris Eubank Jr UD James DeGale (Super-Middleweight)
  • Joe Joyce TKO6 Bermane Stiverne (Heavyweight)
  • Lee Selby UD Omar Douglas (Lightweight)

February 23, Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Anthony Dirrell TD Avni Yildirim (WBC Super-Middleweight Title)

February 23, Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom USA/Zanfer

  • Humberto Soto UD Brandon Rios (Welterweight)
Chris Eubank Jr retired James DeGale on February 23

March 2, East of England Arena, Peterborough, UK – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Jordan Gill TKO3 Emmanuel Dominguez (Featherweight)

March 2, Barclays Center, New York, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Brian Castano SD (Draw) Erislandy Lara (WBA ‘Regular’ Super-Welterweight Title)
  • Luis Ortiz UD Christian Hammer (Heavyweight)

March 8, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK – Frank Warren’s Queensberry

  • Daniel Dubois KO2 Razvan Cojanu (Heavyweight)
  • Anthony Yarde TKO5 Travis Reeves (Light-Heavyweight)
  • Liam Williams KO2 Joe Mullender (British Middleweight Title)
  • Chris Jenkins UD Johnny Garton (British Welterweight Title)

March 9, Turning Stone, New York, USA – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom USA

  • Dmitry Bivol UD Joe Smith Jr (WBA Light-Heavyweight Title)
  • Maurice Hooker UD Mikkel LesPierre (WBO Super-Lightweight Title)
  • Callum Johnson TKO3 Sean Monaghan (Light-Heavyweight)

March 9, Dignity Health Sports Park, California, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Shawn Porter SD Yordenis Ugas (WBC Welterweight Title)

March 15, Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, USA – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom USA

  • Tevin Farmer UD Jono Carroll (IBF Super-Featherweight Title)
  • Katie Taylor TKO9 Rose Volante (WBA, IBF & WBO Lightweight Titles)
  • Maciej Sulecki UD Gabriel Rosado (Middleweight)
  • Luke Campbell TKO5 Adrian Young (Lightweight)

March 16, Gifu Memorial Center, Gifu, Japan – Kiyoshi Hatanaka’s Promotions

  • Kosei Tanaka UD Ryoichi Taguchi (WBO Flyweight Title)

March 16, AT&T Stadium, Texas, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Errol Spence UD Mikey Garcia (IBF Welterweight Title)
  • David Benavidez TKO2 J’Leon Love (Super-Middleweight)
  • Luis Nery RTD4 McJoe Arroyo (Bantamweight)

March 17, MSG Theater, New York, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Michael Conlan UD Ruben Garcia Hernandez (Featherweight)
  • Luis Collazo SD Samuel Vargas (Welterweight)
  • Oscar Mojica SD Paddy Barnes (Bantamweight)

March 23, Copper Box Arena, London, UK – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Charlie Edwards UD Angel Moreno (WBC Flyweight Title)
  • Joshua Buatsi TKO3 Liam Conroy (British Light-Heavyweight Title)
  • Lawrence Okolie TKO4 Wadi Camacho (British & Commonwealth Cruiserweight Titles)
  • Lewis Ritson UD German Argentino Benitez (Super-Lightweight)

March 23, Leicester Arena, Leicester, UK – Frank Warren’s Queensberry

  • Sam Bowen TKO Jordan McCorry (British Super-Featherweight Title)
  • Nathan Gorman UD Kevin Johnson (Heavyweight)

March 23, Palenque, Metepec, Mexico – Osvaldo Chavez’s Clase Y Talento Boxeo

  • Julio Cesar Martinez KO5 Andrew Selby (Flyweight)

March 23, The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Kubrat Pulev KO7 Bogdan Dinu (Heavyweight)
  • Jessie Magdaleno UD Rico Ramos (Featherweight)

March 24, MGM National Harbor, Maryland, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Sergey Lipinets TKO10 Lamont Peterson (Welterweight)

March 30, M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, UK – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Liam Smith TKO5 Sam Eggington (Super-Welterweight)
  • Scott Fitzgerald SD Anthony Fowler (Super-Welterweight)
  • David Price DQ Kash Ali (Heavyweight)
  • Robbie Davies Jr UD Joe Hughes (British & European Super-Lightweight Titles)

March 30, Bilbao Arena, Bilbao, Spain – MGZ Promotions

  • David Avanesyan TKO9 Kerman Lejarraga (European Welterweight Title)

March 30, 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Oleksandr Gvozdyk TKO5 Doudou Ngumbu (WBC Light-Heavyweight Title)
  • Ray Robinson MD (Draw) Egidijus Kavaliauskas (Welterweight)

March 30, Fantasy Springs, California, USA – Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy

  • Ryan Garcia RTD2 Jose Lopez (Lightweight)
  • Angel Acosta KO8 Ganigan Lopez (WBO Light-Flyweight Title)
Errol Spence dominated Mikey Garcia
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April 6, Spodek, Katowice, Poland – MB Promotions

  • Martin Bakole TKO8 Mariusz Wach (Heavyweight)

April 12, Staples Center, LA, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Vasyl Lomachenko KO4 Anthony Crolla (WBA & WBO Lightweight Titles)
  • Gilberto Ramirez RTD4 Tommy Karpency (Light-Heavyweight)

April 13, Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Caleb Truax ND Peter Quillin (Super-Middleweight)
  • Sergiy Derevyanchenko UD Jack Culcay (Middleweight)

April 13, Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico – Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy

  • Jaime Munguia MD Dennis Hogan (WBO Super-Welterweight Title)

April 13, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA – Dmitry Salita

  • Claressa Shields UD Christina Hammer (WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO Middleweight Titles)

April 20, O2 Arena, London, UK – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Dave Allen KO3 Lucas Browne (Heavyweight)
  • Dereck Chisora UD Senad Gashi (Heavyweight)
  • Joe Cordina TKO6 Andy Townend (British Lightweight Title)
  • Josh Kelly UD Przemyslaw Runowski (Welterweight)
  • Conor Benn PTS Josef Zahradnik (Welterweight)

April 20, Dignity Health Sports Park, California, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Danny Garcia TKO7 Adrian Granados (Welterweight)
  • Andy Ruiz Jr RTD5 Alexander Dimitrenko (Heavyweight)
  • Brandon Figueroa RTD8 Yonfrez Parejo (Super-Bantamweight)

April 20, MSG, New York, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Terence Crawford TKO6 Amir Khan (WBO Welterweight Title)
  • Teofimo Lopez KO5 Edis Tatli (Lightweight)
  • Shakur Stevenson UD Christopher Diaz (Featherweight)
  • Felix Verdejo UD Bryan Vasquez (Lightweight)

April 26, The Forum, LA, USA – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom USA

  • Juan Francisco Estrada UD Srisaket Sor Rungvisai II (WBC Super-Flyweight Title)
  • Daniel Roman MD TJ Doheny (WBA & IBF Super-Bantamweight Titles
  • Jessie Vargas KO6 Humberto Soto (151lbs Catchweight)

April 27, SSE Arena Wembley, London, UK – Frank Warren’s Queensberry

  • Daniel Dubois TKO4 Richard Lartey (Heavyweight)
  • Lerrone Richards UD Tommy Langford (Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Title)
  • Jack Catterall KO3 Miroslav Serban (Super-Lightweight)
  • Sunny Edwards TKO8 Pedro Matos (Super-Flyweight)

April 27, The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Robert Easter Jr SD (draw) Rances Barthelemy (WBA ‘Regular’ Lightweight Title)
  • Viktor Postol UD Mohamed Mimoune (Super-Lightweight)
  • Efe Ajagba TKO2 Michael Wallisch (Heavyweight)

April 27, Cajundome, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA – World Boxing Super Series Semi-Final

  • Regis Prograis TKO6 Kiryl Relikh (WBA Super-Lightweight Title)
  • Nonito Donaire KO6 Stephon Young (WBA Bantamweight Title)
Terence Crawford overcame Amir Khan with little trouble

May 4, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA – Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy

  • Canelo Alvarez UD Daniel Jacobs (WBA, WBC & IBF Middleweight Titles)
  • John Ryder TKO3 Bilal Akkawy (WBA ‘Interim’ Super-Middleweight Title)
  • Jojo Diaz TKO7 Freddy Fonseca (Super-Featherweight)
  • Vergil Ortiz Jr KO3 Mauricio Herrera (Super-Lightweight)

May 4, Stockton Arena, California, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Artur Beterbiev KO5 Radivoje Kalajdzic (IBF Light-Heavyweight Title)
  • Jerwin Ancajas TKO7 Ryuichi Funai (IBF Super-Flyweight Title)

May 10, Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, UK – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Leigh Wood KO10 Ryan Doyle (Commonwealth Featherweight Title)
  • Enrique Tinoco RTD10 Jordan Gill (Featherweight)

May 11, EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Julian Williams UD Jarrett Hurd (WBA & IBF Super-Welterweight Titles)

May 11, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Miguel Berchelt RTD6 Francisco Vargas II (WBC Super-Featherweight Title)
  • Emanuel Navarrete TKO12 Isaac Dogboe II (WBO Super-Bantamweight Title)

May 17, Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK – MTK Global

  • Ryan Burnett TKO6 Jelbirt Gomera (Super-Bantamweight)

May 18, SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow, UK – World Boxing Super Series Semi-Final

  • Josh Taylor UD12 Ivan Baranchyk (IBF Super-Lightweight Title)
  • Naoya Inoue KO2 Emmanuel Rodriguez (IBF Bantamweight Title)

May 18, Lamex Stadium, Stevenage FC, UK – Frank Warren’s Queensberry

  • Billy Joe Saunders UD Shefat Isufi (WBO Super-Middleweight Title)
  • Joe Joyce TKO3 Alexander Ustinov (Heavyweight)

May 18, Barclays Center, New York, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Deontay Wilder KO1 Dominic Breazeale (WBC Heavyweight Title)
  • Gary Russell Jr TKO5 Kiko Martinez (WBC Featherweight Title)

May 25, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester UK – Mick Hennessy’s Hennessy Sports

  • Hughie Fury KO2 Chris Norrad (Heavyweight)

May 25, MGM National Harbor, Maryland, USA – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom USA

  • Devin Haney KO7 Antonio Moran (Lightweight)
  • Michael Hunter TKO2 Fabio Maldonado (Heavyweight)
  • Filip Hrgovic TKO1 Greg Corbin (Heavyweight)

May 25, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Jamel Herring UD Masayuki Ito (WBO Super-Featherweight)
  • Jose Pedraza TKO9 Antonio Lozada Jr (Lightweight)
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June 1, Madison Square Garden, New York, USA – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Andy Ruiz Jr TKO7 Anthony Joshua (WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles)
  • Callum Smith TKO3Hassan N’Dam (WBA Super-Middleweight Title)
  • Katie Taylor MD Delfine Persoon (WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO Lightweight Titles)
  • Josh Kelly MD (Draw) Ray Robinson (Welterweight)
  • Chris Algieri RTD8 Tommy Coyle (Super-Lightweight)
  • Joshua Buatsi TKO4 Marco Antonio Periban (Light-Heavyweight)

June 1, Soboba Casino, San Jacinto, California, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Ivan Redkach KO6 Devon Alexander (Welterweight)
  • Willie Monroe Jr UD Hugo Centeno Jr (Middleweight)

June 8, Madison Square Garden, New York, USA – Gennady Golovkin’s GGG Promotions

  • Gennady Golovkin KO4 Steve Rolls (164lbs Catchweight)

June 8, Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Oscar Valdez UD Jason Sanchez (WBO Featherweight Title)

June 15, FD Arena, Leeds, UK – Frank Warren’s Queensberry

  • Josh Warrington SD Kid Galahad (IBF Featherweight Title)
  • Zelfa Barrett UD Lyon Woodstock (Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Title)
  • JJ Metcalf TKO8 Jason Welborn (Commonwealth Super-Welterweight Title)

June 15, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Tyson Fury TKO2 Tom Schwarz (Heavyweight)
  • Jesse Hart UD Sullivan Barrera (Light-Heavyweight)

June 15, Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia – World Boxing Super Series Semi-Final

  • Mairis Briedis TKO3 Krzysztof Glowacki (WBO ‘Interim’ Cruiserweight Title)
  • Yunier Dorticos KO10 Andrew Tabiti (Cruiserweight)

June 19, Osaka Prefectural Gym, Osaka, Japan – Reason Taiki Promotions

  • Kazuto Ioka TKO10 Aston Palicte (WBO Super-Flyweight Title)

June 21, York Hall, London, UK – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Conor Benn TKO2 Jussi Koivula (Welterweight)
  • Ted Cheeseman SD (Draw) Kieron Conway (Super-Welterweight)
  • Craig Richards UD Andre Sterling (Light-Heavyweight)

June 21, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, USA – Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy

  • Andrew Cancio vs Alberto Machado (WBA Super-Featherweight Title)

June 23, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Jermell Charlo KO3 Jorge Cota (Super-Welterweight)
  • Guillermo Rigondeaux TKO8 Julio Ceja (Super-Bantamweight)

June 28, York Hall, London, UK – MTK Global

  • Ohara Davies PTS Miguel Vazquez (Super-Lightweight)

June 28, Pechanga Casino, Temecula, California, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Richard Commey KO8 Ray Beltran (IBF Lightweight Title)

June 29, Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom USA

  • Demetrius Andrade UD Maciej Sulecki (WBO Middleweight Title)
  • Kai Yafai UD Norbelto Jimenez (WBA Super-Flyweight Title)
  • Joseph Parker TKO10 Alex Leapai (Heavyweight)

June 29, NRG Arena, Houston, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Jermall Charlo UD Brandon Adams (Middleweight)
Ruiz knocked Joshua down four times, causing a seventh-round stoppage
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July 6, Barys Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan – MTK Global

  • Nordine Oubaali RTD6 Arthur Villanueva (WBC Bantamweight Title)

July 12, King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Super Boxing League

  • Amir Khan TKO4 Billy Dib (Welterweight)
  • Hughie Fury TKO7 Samuel Peter (Heavyweight)

July 12, Olympia, Liverpool, UK – MTK Global

  • Terry Flanagan KO5 Jonas Segu (Lightweight)
  • Martin Murray PTS Rui Manuel Pavanito (Middleweight)

July 12, Edion Arena, Osaka, Japan – Bob Arum’s Top Rank and Teiken Promotions

  • Ryota Murata TKO2 Rob Brant II (WBA ‘Regular’ Middleweight Title)
  • Ken Shiro TKO4 Jonathan Taconing (WBC Light-Flyweight Title)

July 13, O2 Arena, London, UK – Frank Warren’s Queensberry

  • Daniel Dubois KO5 Nathan Gorman (British Heavyweight Title)
  • Joe Joyce UD Bryant Jennings (Heavyweight)
  • Liam Williams TKO2 Karim Achour (Super-Welterweight)
  • Sunny Edwards UD Hiram Gallardo (Super-Flyweight)

July 13, Azur Arena, Antibes, France – Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar

  • Tony Yoka TKO3 Alexander Dimitrenko (Heavyweight)

July 13, Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, USA – Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy

  • Rey Vargas UD Tomoki Kameda (WBC Super-Bantamweight Title)

July 13, Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Shakur Stevenson KO3 Alberto Guevara (Featherweight)

July 19, MGM National Harbor, Maryland, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Teofimo Lopez UD Masayoshi Nakatani (Lightweight)

July 20, O2 Arena, London, UK – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Dillian Whyte UD Oscar Rivas (Heavyweight)
  • David Price RTD10 Dave Allen (Heavyweight)
  • Derek Chisora KO2 Artur Szpilka (Heavyweight)
  • Lawrence Okolie TKO7 Mariano Angel Gudino (British & Commonwealth Cruiserweight Titles)
  • Richard Riakporhe SD Chris Billam-Smith (Cruiserweight)

July 20, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Manny Pacquiao SD Keith Thurman (WBA Welterweight Title)
  • Yordenis Ugas UD Omar Figueroa (Welterweight)
  • Sergey Lipinets TKO2 Jayar Inson (Welterweight)
  • Luis Nery KO9 Juan Carlos Payano (Bantamweight)
  • Caleb Plant TKO3 Mike Lee (IBF Super-Middleweight Title)

July 27, College Park Center, Arlington, Texas, USA – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Jose Ramirez TKO6 Maurice Hooker (WBO & WBC Super-Lightweight Titles)
  • Tevin Farmer UD Guillaume Frenois (IBF Super-Featherweight Title)

July 27, Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Gervonta Davis TKO2 Ricardo Nunez (WBA Super-Featherweight Title)
  • Yuriorkis Gamboa KO2 Roman Martinez (Lightweight)
  • Ladarius Miller SD Jezreel Corrales (Lightweight)
Dubois proved too much for Gorman
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August 2, Exhibition Centre Liverpool, UK – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Anthony Fowler UD Brian Rose (Super-Welterweight)
  • Lewis Ritson TKO3 Marek Jedrzejewski (Super-Lightweight)
  • Robbie Davies Jr TKO3 Michael Dufek (Super-Lightweight)
  • Martin Bakole TKO1 Ytalo Perea (Heavyweight)

August 3, Feile, Falls Park, Belfast, UK – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Michael Conlan TKO9 Diego Alberto Ruiz (Featherweight)

August 3, Barclays Center, New York, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Adam Kownacki UD Chris Arreola (Heavyweight)
  • Jean Pascal TD Marcus Browne (Light-Heavyweight)

August 10, Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Jason Sosa TKO7 Haskell Lydell Rhodes (Super-Featherweight)
  • Adan Gonzalez SD Robeisy Ramirez (Featherweight)

August 10, The Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas, USA – Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy

  • Vergil Ortiz Jr TKO6 Antonio Orozco (Welterweight)

August 10, Salon Diamante Premier, San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico – Zanfer

  • Julio Cesar Chavez Jr KO1 Evert Bravo (Super-Middleweight)

August 17, Banc of California Stadium, LA, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Emanuel Navarrete TKO3 Francisco De Vaca (WBO Super-Bantamweight Title)

August 24, Traktor Arena, Chelyabinsk, Russia – RCC BOXING

  • Sergey Kovalev KO11 Anthony Yarde (WBO Light-Heavyweight Title)

August 24, CUM Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico – Zanfer/Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Juan Estrada TKO9 Dewayne Beamon (WBC Super-Flyweight Title)
  • Filip Hrgovic TKO3 Mario Heredia (Heavyweight)
  • Liam Smith TKO7 Mario Alberto Lozano (Super-Welterweight)

August 31, O2 Arena, London, UK – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Vasyl Lomachenko UD Luke Campbell (WBA, WBC & WBO Lightweight Titles)
  • Alexander Povetkin UD Hughie Fury (Heavyweight)
  • Charlie Edwards ‘No Contest’ Julio Cesar Martinez (WBC Flyweight Title)
  • Joshua Buatsi KO7 Ryan Ford (Light-Heavyweight)
  • Joe Cordina UD Gavin Gwynne (British and Commonwealth Lightweight Titles)

August 31, Bendigo Stadium, Victoria, Australia – Dean Lonergan’s D&L Events

  • Jeff Horn TKO9 Michael Zerafa (Middleweight)

August 31, The Armory, Minneapolis, USA – Al Haymon’s PBC

  • Erislandy Lara TKO2 Ramon Alvarez (WBA ‘Interim’ Super-Welterweight Title)
Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Luke Campbell by a wide points decision to add the WBC Lightweight strap to his haul
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September 13, MSG Theater, New York, USA – Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom

  • Devin Haney RTD4 Zaur Abdullaev (Lightweight)
  • Amanda Serrano UD Heather Hardy (WBO Featherweight Title)
  • Michael Hunter UD Sergey Kuzmin (Heavyweight)

September 14, York Hall, London, UK – Frank Warren

  • Sunny Edwards UD Hugo Guarneros (Flyweight)
  • Brad Foster MD (Draw) Lucien Reid (British Super-Bantamweight Title)
  • Kody Davies UD Zak Chelli (Super-Middleweight)
  • Shakan Pitters UD Dec Spelman (Light-Heavyweight)

September 14, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA – Bob Arum’s Top Rank

  • Tyson Fury UD Otto Wallin (Heavyweight)
  • Emanuel Navarrete TKO4 Juan Miguel Elorde (WBO Super-Bantamweight Title)
  • Jose Zepeda UD Jose Pedraza (Super-Lightweight)

September 14, Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California – Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy

  • Jaime Munguia KO4 Patrick Allotey (WBO Super-Welterweight Title)

13 brilliant boxing matches from 2018, including Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte

1 Jan

2018 saw a number of top tier fights take centre stage in the boxing world.

Not only were multiple important bouts successfully put together, many of them also delivered enthralling action and entertainment throughout.

Scroll down to see our list of the 13 best boxing matches from 2018.

1. February 3 – Murat Gassiev vs Yunier Dorticos

This cruiserweight unification saw Gassiev stop Dorticos in the twelfth round of a thrilling back-and-fourth bout. The fight took place as part of the World Boxing Super Series tournament and crowned a new WBA and IBF king.

2. February 24 – Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Juan Estrada

After dethroning pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez in 2017, some still doubted whether Srisaket was actually a world class fighter – given the fact he’d previously had four losses. All doubts were assuaged when he battled it out against ex-champion Juan Estrada to win a majority decision and defend his WBC super-flyweight belt.

3. March 3 – Deontay Wilder vs Luiz Ortiz

Questions were regularly asked about the legitimacy of Wilder’s record due to a lack of quality opponents beaten in his first 39 fights. The WBC heavyweight champion silenced critics by knocking out dangerous Cuban Luis Ortiz at the end of a topsy-turvy affair in which he had been badly hurt himself.

4. March 10 – Oscar Valdez vs Scott Quigg

Former super-bantamweight world champion Quigg moved up to featherweight following his first defeat to Carl Frampton and eventually landed this shot at Mexico’s WBO champion Valdez. Despite the Brit blowing his opportunity to win the title by missing weight, the pair still managed to deliver an epic battle in which the champion won by decision.

5. April 7 – Jarrett Hurd vs Erislandy Lara

American juggernaut Hurd drew an attacking style out of usually defensive Lara in this WBA and IBF super-welterweight unification. The bout would have ended in a draw, were it not for the final round knockdown scored by Hurd, which meant he nicked it by split decision.

6. May 12 – Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jorge Linares

The ethereal Lomachenko set a record and became the quickest three-division champion in boxing history when he challenged for the WBA lightweight title in just his twelfth fight. The champion, Linares, was one of the best at the weight and stunned the boxing world when he dropped the Ukrainian, however Loma recovered and overcame a shoulder injury to score a tenth round knockout.

7. June 30 – Alex Saucedo vs Lenny Zappavigna

Rising American contender Saucedo took on Australian veteran Zappavigna in in a furious fight, which secured him his world title challenge. The pair went to war – especially in the tremendous fourth round – before the 24-year-old stopped his opponent in the seventh.

8. July 28 – Dereck Chisora vs Carlos Takam

In what appeared to be his last stand, Chisora endured a hellacious eight-round assault from Takam before turning the tables completely with one right hand. The Brit was valiantly attempting to keep up with his French opponent despite being ultimately outclassed, but then put his foe down on the canvas before instantly finishing him off after he recovered to his feet.

9. September 15 – Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin II

Following a decent first fight which was controversially ruled a draw, GGG and Canelo went into battle once again. This time around, the Mexican matched his Kazakh opponent’s aggressive style and claimed a majority decision victory and the end of what was a truly magnificent spectacle.

10. September 24 – Sho Kimura vs Kosei Tanaka

Just a few months after Lomachenko became a three-weight champion in 12 fights, Tanaka matched him in equally exciting fashion. The Japanese 23-year-old claimed Kimura’s WBO flyweight belt at the end of a bloody battle which he won by majority decision.

11. December 1 – Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury

After a two and a half year lay-off, Fury returned with two fights that shouldn’t even be mentioned in a list like this, but then challenged Wilder for his WBC heavyweight crown. The Brit dictated the fight until being knocked down in the ninth. Fury recovered and was three minutes from victory before Wilder landed a right hand, followed by a left hook, which seemed to put him old cold. Inconceivably, the ‘Gypsy King’ rose to his feet again and fought valiantly for the rest of the round. Many thought he won, but the judges scored it a draw.

12. December 22 – Josh Warrington vs Carl Frampton

Leeds’ Warrington shocked the boxing world by defeating IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby in May, however many dismissed the win and apportioned it to the Welshman’s struggle to make 126lbs. Warrington then proved all of his doubters wrong once again by engaging in a staggering war with Belfast’s Frampton and winning by unanimous decision.

13. December 22 – Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora II

Like Wilder, one ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate wasn’t enough for Chisora, so he agreed to rematch Whyte. The pair recreated their sensational clash from 2016, though this time the action was of a higher level and ended in a knockout, as the Brixton man finished his Finchley rival with a emphatic left hook in the eleventh.

Oleksandr Usyk beats Murat Gassiev to become first man to hold all four world cruiserweight titles

22 Jul

Oleksandr Usyk has become the first man to unify all four world cruiserweight titles by beating Murat Gassiev in Moscow.

The Ukrainian was awarded a unanimous victory – 120-108, 119-109, 119-109 – and his win also means Usyk wins the inaugural World Boxing Super Series Ali Trophy.

Usyk has made history at the cruiserweight class

Gassiev, the Russian, held the WBA and IBF titles heading into the fight, with 31-year-old Usyk becoming the first man to unify all four world titles at that weight class, having already been WBO and WBC champion.

This bout, the World Boxing Super Series final, was originally set to take place in May, but was pushed back after Usyk suffered an elbow injury.

Next Saturday sees one of the biggest fights of the year, with Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker clashing at London’s O2 Arena.

Full commentary of the fight is LIVE on talkSPORT, and stick with talkSPORT.com for all your pre-fight build-up and post-fight reaction.

Oleksandr Usyk v Murat Gassiev: Why you should tune in to watch the best fight in boxing this year

15 Jul

The first half of 2018 has seen numerous sensational fights take place within an impressively short period of time.

From January to June we have had: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai v Juan Estrada, Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz, Erislandy Lara v Jarrett Hurd, Jessie Magdaleno v Isaac Dogboe, Jorge Linares v Vasyl Lomachenko and Alex Saucedo v Lenny Zappavigna.

Six months, six bonafide ‘Fight of the Year’ contenders, and the best is quite possibly yet to come.

That’s because there are two fights missing from the above list. Two semi-finals, in fact.

Usyk v Gassiev is the true boxing fan’s super fight for 2018

On January 27 and February 3, the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament produced two stunning encounters which will live long in the memories of those who witnessed them.

The eight-man, knockout concept had already been reduced to four remaining competitors after the quarter-finals in late 2017 and what happened next was special.

First came Ukraine’s WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk travelling to Latvia for a battle with hometown WBC king Mairis Briedis.

After a rough start in a hostile atmosphere, Usyk went toe-to-toe with Briedis, narrowly edging him out by decision in what was another ‘Fight of the Year’ contender.

Before Briedis, Usyk pummelled Marco Huck to win his quarter-final

A week later, Cuba’s WBA champion Yunier Dorticos went to Russia for a bout with IBF ruler Murat Gassiev.

With eleven rounds gone in another momentous clash, Gassiev held a slight lead over his opponent. Despite this, he refused to be infiltrated by complacency and stormed out in the final round with the intention of finishing his opponent.

Three brutal knockdowns later and Dorticos fell through the ropes as the fight was waved off. Our final was set.

Oleksandr Usyk will face Murat Gassiev in the conclusion of the brilliant World Boxing Super Series tournament on July 21 in Moscow and it’s a fight you cannot afford to miss.

Gassiev obliterated Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in his quarter-final

Usyk is now the WBC and WBO champion having beaten Briedis, while Gassiev holds the WBA and IBF titles following his destruction of Dorticos.

This means that their meeting in the final will be for all four recognised world titles, crowning a rare undisputed king in modern boxing.

Usyk v Gassiev represents everything that is good about the sport. Not only are we getting a clear, undisputed champion, but we’ll also experience a 50/50 fight at the absolute highest level.

Nobody can predict with any degree of certainty who will emerge victorious on July 21; that’s how boxing should be when the sport’s foremost fighters face off.

Usyk won gold at London 2012, displaying his amateur pedigree prior to turning pro

The sole downside is that it will unfortunately be broadcast on a £9.95 pay-per-view in the UK.

While it’s hard to justify any fight between a Ukrainian and a Russian being on PPV over here, what we can say is this: If you are someone who usually forks out for boxing events on TV, then you’ll not see a fight that offers better value for money than this one.

At just 24 years of age, Murat Gassiev could achieve a phenomenal feat if he becomes undisputed champion on July 21.

Meanwhile, 31-year-old Oleksandr Usyk can cement himself as the ultimate road warrior with victory in Moscow, having fought on his opponents’ home soil in every round of the competition.

Pride, prestige and legacy will all be on the line in Moscow and we can expect a war between two of boxing’s supreme talents.