Dmitry Bivol Obviously a one-sided stoppage of Sullivan Barrera does not establish Bivol as a future Hall of Famer. But it was one hell of a performance just the same. Bivol showcased blistering, combination punching and defeated a well-seasoned, top contender.
Wisaksil Wangek There is disagreement among some fans over whether or not Wangek deserved to defeat Juan Francisco Estrada by majority decision last month. But the win demonstrated that Wangek’s back-to-back victories over former pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez last year were no fluke. I think he belongs in the pound-for-pound top 10 now.
Deontay Wilder By stopping Luis Ortiz last weekend, Wilder answered two important questions. First of all, his right hand is a big enough weapon to reverse things in a hurry, even against a top contender like Ortiz. Second, and more important, Wilder proved he could get gritty and dig deep against a truly formidable threat.
Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker It seems like years since we have seen undefeated, top-five heavyweights face off. This month alone, we will have two such bouts. On March 31 in Wales, Joshua puts his WBA and IBF straps up for grabs against Parker’s WBO belt. The winner will be perfectly positioned for a super fight later this year, against either Wilder or Tyson Fury.
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Murat Gassiev Usyk and Gassiev are both young and undefeated and have each already won major bouts in 2018. In May they will face off in Saudi Arabia, to determine the Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion of the World. This is a major bout and it’s a shame that it is taking place in a boxing backwater.