After a great start to 2014 in the squared circle, things seemed to have cooled off a bit.  They have become almost stale at this point in time, so we must look ahead.  The year should have a great finish with a lot of interesting fights coming up.  Tonight of course, Gennagdy Golovkin will get back in to the ring against Marco Antonio Rubio, which should feed the boxing fans thirst for knockouts.  On November 8th we will see Bernard Hopkins against Sergey Kovalev which should also be a banger.  And later that month on the 22nd, Manny Pacquiao steps into the ring with Chris Algieri.  On the 29th of November, Terrance Crawford squares off against Raymundo Beltran which I will definitely have my eyes on.  And finally on December 13th, Timothy Bradley fights Diego Chavez in what should be an all out brawl.  So things should be looking up to cap off 2014.

Here are 5 fights that absolutely need to happen in 2015.  I’m not even going to state the obvious one (Mayweather VS Pacquiao), because we all already know that needs to happen.

#5.  Deontay Wilder VS Bermane Stiverne

Lets face the facts.  The heavyweight division stinks.  Klitschko won’t fight outside of Germany, and there’s not much else happening at this weight class.  Wilder is hungry for better competition, and Stiverne still has to prove himself.  This is the only thing that makes sense here.  And Klitschko should be forced to fight the winner of this.  Stiverne has beaten Chris Areola twice, but that was his first real test in a division that lacks talent.  Wilder hasn’t really fought anyone worth mentioning except Malik Scott who he KO’d in the first round.  Wilder is 32-0, with all 32 wins coming by knockout.  It would be really nice to see him step up in class and get that win against a formidable opponent that has evaded him so far.

#4.  Guillermo Rigondeaux VS Leo Santa Cruz

Rigondeaux is an amazing boxer.  He needs a real challenge.  Santa Cruz has been criticized and needs to prove himself.  What better way to do that then try to take down the best in your weight class.  Rigondeaux has only 14 professional fights and is already #5 on most pound for pound lists.  I truly don’t think anyone can beat him at this weight.  He’s going to have to move up.  This needs to happen in order for both of these fighters to further their careers.

#3.  Adrien Broner VS Lucas Matthysse

After beating Emanuel Taylor, Broner made a mistake.  He called out Lucas Matthysse.  If this happens, it WILL be the fight of the year.  Yes, Matthysse has been around for a while, but he’s hungry again.  I know he wants back in with Danny Garcia.  He will have to do it by going through Adrien Broner.  I am personally a huge fan of both of these guys, and when Broner called out Matthysse, I got the goosebumps.  Broner has all the talent in the world.  The only speed that comes close to Mayweather level.  He just doesn’t have the right head on his shoulders.  You can tell that just by looking at his obnoxious father.  I thought Marcos Maidana straightened out Broners attitude, but I was wrong.  Lucas Matthysse will do that if this fight happens, and then Adrien Broner will finally become the fighter that I no he can be.  The best!!!

#2.  Saul “Canelo” Alvarez VS Miguel Cotto

Altough I’d personally rather see Cotto fight Golovkin, I think “GGG” has other things on his mind which I will mention next.  Besides looking back at the classics of course, Miguel Cotto was the first boxer I started watching, and I fell in love with him.  With Freddie Roach by his side, Cotto cannot be stopped.  This mega fight needs to happen.  Roach has made all the difference in this mans career.  Cotto has been criticized for never defeating an “A” opponent.  He’s always kind of defeated “B+” fighters.  Well he stepped up and destroyed Sergio Martinez, which I will admit caught me off guard.  Why stop there?  Canelo is considered by most to be a great fighter.  On that “A” level.  Personally I think he lost to Erislandy Lara.  It was a very close fight and I think Canelo needs to prove his worth to himself.  This would be a war, and the winner would shut his critics up for good.

#1.  Gennady Golovkin VS Andre Ward

Andre Ward desperately needs to get back into the ring.  Yes, he was injured.  Yes he is having problems with his promoters.  But come on already.  The “Drake” look-a-like last fought on November 16th of 2013 against Edwin Rodriguez.  Ward is #2 in the world, pound for pound and if he wants to keep that spot, he’s got to stay relevant.  He needs a comeback, and in a huge way, and what better way to do it then fight Golovkin.  It’s no secret that Golovkin is running out of opponents.  The Peter Quillin fight doesn’t look like its ever gonna happen, and Sergio Martinez seems to be on the downside of his great career.  The only other fight that would make sense here, is if Golovkin takes on Cotto.  Golovkin has already dominated the Middleweight division, and has nothing left to prove here.  If he moves up in weight, the possible opponents are endless.  The Super Middleweight division is loaded, with the likes of Carl Froch, George Groves, Arthur Abraham, Anthony Dirrell, and many more.  He should move up to Super Middleweight and take on Ward.

-David

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