If all goes to plan, 2021 might be an enormous yr for British boxing.
Might the combat between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua be finalised inside the subsequent fortnight? Will Billy Joe Saunders lastly get a shot at pound-for-pound star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez? And is Scotland’s Josh Taylor closing in on a chance to turn into the undisputed mild welterweight king?
This week’s Battle Discuss tackles these three massive boxing questions.
‘Fury-Joshua might be finalised in subsequent two weeks’
The 2 finest heavyweights on the planet. Each British. Combating for all the belts.
Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua – can we lastly begin getting enthusiastic about this blockbuster bout?
Historical past dictates that boxing politics can usually deny followers the possibility to see the largest fights.
Nevertheless it appears rising doubtless that Fury-Joshua (or Joshua-Fury, whichever you like) will happen this summer season.
“I hope that we are able to finalise contracts within the subsequent two weeks,” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn advised IFL TV this week.
Hearn, promotion firm Matchroom’s managing director, stated it should more than likely happen in June and – with the continued limitations round Covid-19 and followers not with the ability to attend sporting occasions – will most likely be hosted abroad.
Doing what he does finest, Hearn managed to get us much more hyped for it, including: “It is larger than boxing… it is a 1966 second – England-Germany”.
In the meantime, each boxers have been in a considerably reflective temper this previous week.
Fury, the WBC champion, took a second to look again at his achievements to this point…
Joshua, the WBA, WBO and IBF belt holder, was on an analogous theme as he expressed the significance of his constructive mindset in overcoming challenges…
Whereas each ‘AJ’ and the ‘Gypsy King’ have achieved nice issues out and in of the ring, they realise the magnitude of their potential combat in cementing their legacy.
And as such, each stars are already placing within the laborious yards…
‘Canelo’ & Saunders ‘agree’ to Might combat
WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders will combat Mexican celebrity Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Might, in line with stories this week.
The Athletic reported that Britain’s Saunders will tackle the WBC and WBA champion, thought-about by many as the most effective energetic pound-for-pound fighter, in Las Vegas on 1 or 8 Might.
Alvarez will first must get previous Turkey’s Avni Yildirim on 27 February.
Though there are not any ensures in boxing, a Yildrim win would go down as one of many greatest shocks of all time.
Saunders was near securing a combat with Alvarez in Might 2020 earlier than the coronavirus outbreak compelled a rethink.
When boxing returned, Alvarez as a substitute took on – and convincingly beat – Liverpool’s Callum Smith in December.
For a while, boxing followers had thought-about Saunders slick and technically astute type to be one to pose issues for Alvarez.
However the two-weight world champion, unbeaten in 30 fights, has solely fought 4 occasions previously three years, his most up-to-date win coming towards fellow Briton Martin Murray in December.
Smith doesn’t charge Saunders’ possibilities, telling Sky Sports activities: “I do not assume anybody beats him [Alvarez].”
That sentiment is shared amongst most followers, with the final feeling being that four-weight world champion ‘Canelo’, whose solely defeat was towards Floyd Mayweather in 2013, will likely be too skilled for the inactive Saunders…
Taylor-Ramirez may conflict with Alvarez-Saunders
It could not maintain the identical world enchantment as Fury-Joshua or Alvarez-Saunders, however a possible undisputed combat between Scotland’s mild welterweight champion Josh Taylor and American Jose Ramirez is one other big conflict to stay up for in 2021.
Undefeated Taylor, after simply 17 fights, is the WBA ‘Tremendous’ and IBF champion whereas Ramirez – who has gained all 26 bouts – holds the WBC and WBO belts.
The winner will be capable of boast that they’re the most effective mild welterweight fighter round.
However American promoter Bob Arum has advised ESPN that the competition will take placae at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on 8 Might – a date which may conflict with ‘Canelo’ v Saunders.
As anticipated, it is a transfer that hasn’t gone down nicely with followers…