Boxing has no leagues or playoff system. For that reason, we sometimes miss out on fights that really should happen. Still, some fights demand to be made more than others. The following fights really need to happen in 2017:
Roman Gonzalez vs. Carlos Cuadras II Roman Gonzalez’s UD over Carlos Cuadras last September is my choice for 2016 Fight of the Year. It had a high-level of action, with both men displaying exquisite technical skill. I had Gonzalez winning, but with Cuadras coming on strong in the last part of the fight. Chocolatito got by far the stiffest test of his career and while he left with a world championship in a fourth division, he also left with a badly swollen face. If championship bouts were still 15 rounds, I believe Cuadras would have completed his comeback. As the former champion, he clearly deserves a rematch next year.
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Mikey Garcia Lomachenko and Garcia are clearly the two best fighters in the world below 140 pounds. Both men are smart, patient technicians who know how to turn up the aggression. This would be a brilliantly fought bout with thrilling moment.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Terence Crawford If Pacquiao is going to keep campaigning at age 38, we can only hope he will test himself against the new generation of emerging superstars. This would be a great test for Crawford.
Saul Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Enough with the “will they or won’t they” soap opera crap. These are the two biggest stars in the sport below 175 pounds. If Canelo truly wants to be viewed alongside the great Mexican ring warriors of the past, he needs to step up and face GGG.
Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev II Even if you had Ward winning this fight, you have to admit it was razor close. As the former champion, Kovalev deserves a rematch before Ward faces anybody else.