fans have been treated to an abundance of top quality fights, with
boxing enjoying a throwback year in which the best finally went toe to
toe with the best in their respective divisions once again.
There were so
many incredible match-ups to take place over the last few months,
including the heavyweight title clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir
Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Arena, a bloody war between
Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, as well as the
awaited middleweight encounter of Gennady Golovkin versus Saul 'Canelo'
doesn't stop yet in 2017 either, with there being plenty more bouts
around the corner, including another middleweight world title scrap
between Britain's Billy Joe Saunders and Canadian opponent David
Lemieux. The reigning WBO champion and undefeated Briton will take to
the ring as the
odds-on 4/5 frontrunner in the boxing betting to prevail in such a
meeting this December.
thrilling 2017, there is an exciting double header to come next year, so
here are two big fights to look forward to at the beginning of 2018 in
Jorge Linares v Mercito Gesta - January 27
UK fans have
been treated in recent years to plenty of opportunities to witness the
mercurial skills and ring talents of Venezuelan fighter Jorge Linares,
having graced British soil three times since May 2015.
popular ground down a game Kevin Mitchell and sent him into retirement
with a vicious display in their clash two years ago at the O2 Arena in
London, before going on to beat Manchester favourite Anthony Crolla
twice back to back in his own backyard across 2016 and 2017.
another British fighter more recently when he outpointed a solid Luke
Campbell, winning a split decision at The Forum in California back in
September. Next up for him is a clash with Mercito Gesta on January 27th
back at the scene of his last victory over Yorkshireman Campbell.
Another stylish showing is expected from Linares in the third defence of
his WBA lightweight title.
Lucas Martin Matthysse v Tewa Kiram
- January 27
On that same
exciting bill on January 27 in California, war-ready Lucas Matthysse
makes his latest appearance against Thailand challenger Tewa Kiram.
aggressive 35-year-old is aiming to get back in the mix for world titles
and will next tackle the unbeaten Kiram on American soil, following up
on his return success over Emmanuel Taylor, when he stopped the American
in five rounds in their May meeting. Along with Linares, Matthysse will
hope to enjoy a strong surge in 2018, beginning with this exciting
double header in January.