Boxing wishlist for 2015: Big fights on the horizon

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As boxing fans look back on another great year for the sport in 2014 it is time to look ahead to another year of action coming up in 2015.

It is time to think about all the big fights we would like to see happen in the coming 12 months.

Fight fans have prayed for the two best fighters of their generation (Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao) to face-off for years now with no success. There does however appear to be renewed hope for the fight with both saying that they want to fight the other.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

This fight isn't as big as it would have once been as both fighters are now past their primes but it is still the biggest fight in the sport by a long way. The money and interest that such a fight would generate would be huge.

The interest in the fight is still on another level to almost any other in the sport and fight fans will always feel as though they were denied a legendary fight if it doesn't take place.
I am sceptical that this fight will take place due to the ongoing political issues in the sport and the dispute between Mayweather and Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum.

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Amir Khan vs. Floyd Mayweather

For me, this fight would create more interesting action than the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight. Amir Khan with his new formed discipline and hand-speed has the potential to cause Mayweather problems.

Mayweather is a man who likes a come-forward, aggressive fighter who he can pick off but Khan isn't that sort of boxer. Khan is a flashy combination throwing fighter who fights in bursts before getting away again.

Khan has the skill-set to cause Mayweather real problems and create a very interesting fight. Mayweather would be the big favourite coming into the fight and most would expect him to adapt to Khan's style and win but Khan has shown true class in his last two fights and presents a legitimate threat to the pound for pound king.

Carl Froch vs. Gennady Golovkin

Carl Froch aged 37 is entering the closing stages of his glorious career, but there are still big fights out there for him. He is a brutal warrior of a boxer who has a remarkable chin and underrated boxing ability.

Froch has fought the best out there time after time and only holds an one un-avenged loss on his record to one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet, Andre Ward.

Gennady Golovkin has looked like an absolute monster so far in his career. He has phenomenal punch power and good technical skills to supplement. He has blown away everyone in his path and is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport.

A fight between Froch and Golovkin would make for absolutely thrilling action and would have fight-fans licking their lips. This really would be an incredible fight and would be massive in the UK.

Saul Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Miguel Cotto are two of the biggest attractions in the sport of boxing with huge fanbases.

Canelo fought the likes of Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara in 2014 and came away with two good wins following being out-classed by Mayweather in 2013.

Cotto only had the one fight in 2014 but it was a highly impressive one. He moved up to middleweight and absolutely dominated Sergio Martinez who has been the best middleweight in the world for a while now.

Martinez appeared a shadow of his former self with knee's that clearly couldn't cope with the pressures of boxing.

A fight between Canelo and Cotto would be huge in America with the Mexican and Puerto Rican communities coming out in force to support their man. The style of the two men should make for good viewing so let's hope an agreement can be made.

James DeGale vs. George Groves

James Degale and George Groves have a real dislike of each other and having fought once the dispute between the two still isn't settled.

Both men are mandatory challengers for world titles but the fight that fans want to see is them facing off against each other again.

Both fighters have improved significantly since their first fight and there are hopes that the two can meet again but for a world title on the line. This could be a big stadium fight and it will generate big publicity for the sport.

The first fight was very close and the dispute needs settling once and for all and hopefully this year the two will meet again in the ring.

Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook

If Khan does not secure a fight against either Mayweather or Pacquiao then this fight has to take place.

Brook and Khan have had a bubbling rivalry for years now and Brook has always believed that he has what it takes to beat Khan.

Both are elite level boxers and a fight between the two would be massive in Britain. Khan is a huge name and Brook is a world champion and should the two meet a football stadium would be the inevitable venue for the fight.

A fight between Khan and Brook would be the closest boxing in Britain could get to replicating the hype of the Froch v Groves fight. The general public would buy into the fight and once more our glorious fight would get the publicity that it deserves.

This fight should take place at some point but it all depends on Khan who is looking to fight the biggest names in the sport.

Sergey Kovalev vs. Adonis Stevenson

Sergey Kovalev has proved himself as the man to beat in the light-heavyweight division after his dominating points win over the veteran Bernard Hopkins.

He possesses huge punch power and has shown that he has good boxing skills to go with the power. He is an exciting fighter to watch but there is one fighter out there who must be conquered if he is to truly be the best in the division.

Adonis Stevenson is also a big puncher and an exciting fighter but he has lost fans in 2014 by not agreeing to take on one of the big fighters in his weight category.
A fight between Kovalev and Stevenson should be an explosive one and it is one which we all want to see take place.

There does appear an unwillingness on Stevenson's part to make the fight happen but at the end of the day money talks so hopefully an agreement can be made.

Carl Frampton vs. Scott Quigg

Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg are two world champions who have seemed set to fight each other for a couple of years now but all to no avail.

With both being world champions there appears no reason why the fight cannot now take place. Both are exciting fighters who truly believe that they can beat the other and that should produce a cracking fight.

Frampton has a huge fanbase in Northern Ireland and the crowds that come to his fights are simply stunning. The atmosphere at a fight between Frampton and Quigg would be electrifying and the fight has to happen.

2015 should be the year that this fight takes place so let's hope that Eddie Hearn and Barry McGuigan can put aside their differences and make the fight happen.

The return of David Haye

To see David Haye back in the ring. Haye hasn't fought since knocking out Dereck Chisora in 2012 but he appears set to make a comeback to the sport and that can only mean one thing, headlines!

Haye produces entertainment in and out of the ring and to see him back in the sport would create excitement and he would be a welcome addition to a good British heavyweight scene.

Andre Ward back in the ring

Andre Ward is a wonderful boxer but one who has been very inactive in recent years due to promotional disputes. If he is to truly secure his legacy then he needs to get back into the ring and continue to win.

He is in danger of spending what should be the peak years of his career out of the ring and that would be a crying shame.

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David Haye
Manny Pacquiao
Amir Kahn
Miguel Cotto
James de Gale
Kell Brook
Saul Alvarez
Carl Froch
Andre Ward
Floyd Mayweather

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