2017 was a great year for boxing; the dormant sport was brought back to the mainstream thanks to a few hyped-up fights; the Mayweather-McGregor match for one. Thanks to the high-profile fights, boxing once again became a household favorite. People flocked over from all over the world and paid good money to watch some of the year’s biggest boxing matches.

Continuing this momentum onwards to 2018, the new year is also shaping up to be dedicated to making boxing the ultimate combat sport again. Here are the top fights of 2018 coming your way!

Keith “One Time” Thurman vs. Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr.

Spence Jr. has long been challenging Thurman for a fight to win the title championship. Thurman recently underwent an elbow surgery in 2017 which made him take time out from boxing. However, he has stated that he will return to the ring in 2018 and fans are eagerly anticipating a fight between Spence and Thurman. While Thurman is declared the unofficial king of the welterweights; however, Spence, an IBF champion, is the best fighter competing currently in the weight class.

Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilde

Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder

Joshua singlehandedly revived the spark in the heavyweight division in the world of boxing by scoring a solid victory in one of the biggest and most anticipated heavyweight fights of last year. Knocking out heavyweight giant Wladimir Klitschko in a total of 11 rounds in front of an audience of almost 90,000 people, Joshua made his mark in the ring. Dubbed the “Bronze Bomber,” Wilder on the other hand, defeated the previously undefeated champion Gerald Washington.  If worked out, this could be the biggest heavyweight fight in years.

Mikey Garcia vs. Vasyl Lomachenko

Garcia and Loma both had an active 2017; winning some of the most impressive wins of their entire careers. Both are on their way for a show-stopping showdown in 2018. With Lomachenko holding the WBO Junior lightweight championship and Garcia holding the WBC lightweight championship, a match between them is on the fan’s top pound-for-pound list.

Gennady Golovkin vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez

Although this fight already took place in September 2017, it is still one of the widely anticipated rematches of 2018 because of the dismal draw it had in the last fight. The controversial decision between “Canelo” and “GGG” sparked debate about a rematch. Many thought that the 118-110 score in favor of Alvarez was wrongly decided and that Golovkin had actually won. A rematch in 2018 can put the debate to rest by deciding once and for all who the best champion is.

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