By: Dallas Orysiuk (@Chargers204)
The year of 2014 has been a year to forget for boxing fans… it has been one of the worst in a longtime. Fights failing to happen, injuries, an Al Haymon takeover leading to a spew of mismatches and some lackluster performances have been the story of the year. But with the year wrapping up and 2015 around the corner things are looking radiant.
To start of the year boxing fans are in for a treat with a heavyweight showdown between Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder on January 17th. Deontay Wilder is something of a phenome, going 32-0 with 32 KOs in his first 32 fights; however this will be his first major step up and it comes against Bermane Stiverne who can punch too and is putting his WBC belt on the line.
Another blockbuster is a potential showdown between Carl Froch and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Neither guy brings elite skill to the ring, and neither fighter is a “slick” boxer, but both guys like to fight and that’s what makes this matchup so compelling. They are both tough as nails and love to go to war. It is a matchup surrounded by plenty of hype as Chavez brings the Mexican following while Froch brings the UK. Hopefully politics and Chavez’s lawsuit doesn’t get into the way.
Boxing fans may never get Sergey Kovalev versus Adonis Stevenson, but it looks like we’ll get the next best thing, Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal. This will be the biggest fight of both fighters’ careers, and while Stevenson wants no part with the deadly Kovalev, Jean Pascal seemingly has no problem to step into the ring with the Krusher.
And the biggest fight of the year which boxing fans are hoping for will be Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez. This is a battle of two warriors, a battle of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, a battle of the young champion against the veteran. Besides Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, this is boxing’s next biggest matchup. All we can hope for is that Mayweather doesn’t spoil the show.
With 2015 approaching, there are some mega fights on the horizon, and boxing fans need to cross their fingers hoping that politics don’t get in the way of these blockbuster affairs.by