As often is the case for boxing fans, the fantasy of two greats coming together in the squared circle is a regular thought. But the disappointment soon follows as deals can’t be done, promoters can’t agree and fighters ducking the opportunity to face quality opposition.
Here are some of the best fights that need to happen in boxing before it’s too late.
Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook
A rivalry that has been brewing for years, it is safe to say that Amir Khan and Kell Brook aren’t too keen on each other personally. Both former world champions in their prime, the pair face career declines in their mid 30’s and the fight will be considered the last hoorah for the British fighters.
The similarities in their careers is uncanny. Both have stepped up to middleweight to fight some of the greatest fighters of their generation. Brook was stopped in the fifth round in 2016 by Gennady Golovkin with Khan knocked out in the sixth by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez the same year.
The two have also faced Terrence Crawford in recent years. They both failed to last the scheduled distance. Khan with his lightning fast hands against the stellar boxing skills of Brook will forecast a special fight that no doubt will have boxing fans around the world scintillating with excitement.
Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Billy Joe Saunders 2
Arguably the most anticipated rematch in British boxing and possibly globally. Son of a legend Chris Eubank Jr. taking on former two-weight division world champ Billy Joe Saunders is a fight that is looking likely.
But as with all right rumors, what can we believe? Saunders, who is on the back of a career-changing injury after his stoppage defeat to Canelo, his career is still up for debate to whether he can carry on. Canelo landed an uppercut in the eighth round that shattered Saunders right eye and forced emergency surgery.
But can Eubank rise to the top on his second time of asking? The interim WBA super-middleweight champion will face Germany’s Sven Elbir on October 2nd before he can look ahead to the future. The rivalry between the two has been boiling since their first clash in 2014, Saunders took the victory on a matter of a few rounds.
Following a few words from the pair online as to who should be the ‘A Side’ in the fight, Eubank was quick to address –
“You can’t be the A side with no belt and no credibility.”
“You can’t be the A side if you quit after getting punched in the eye… I would obliterate him.“
“The guy’s a fake, a fraud… I never rated him. What’s there to rate?”
Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia
Two young American superstars, WBC lightweight champ Devin Haney and the interim WBC lightweight holder Ryan Garcia have a long lasting rivalry in the ring that stretches back to when the pair were both young teenagers.
A division that is stacked, it is to be believed that the matchup between the two is the most anticipated in boxing outside of the heavyweight division. Haney, 22 and Garcia, 23 could both agree a fight could happen at any time and may argue it is better for them to both reach their peak.
But for boxing fans, it’s a selfish opinion, get the fight done as soon as possible so we don’t have another Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao situation in which they got too old. Both possessing elite boxing skills, fast hands and knockout power. Their social media following is similar and it is a fight that no one knows the answer of the outcome.
The problem with the lightweight division is that there are so many fight distractions. Everyone wants to fight the unified champion Teofimo Lopez, Vasily Lomachenko is a great big money fight and even the WBA champ Gervonta Davis.
If Haney and Garcia can get it on, then it will provide one of the most exciting fights in recent memory.