Looking forward into the British boxing calender of 2011. They’re are a number of mouth watering British boxing match-ups that could be made to put our sport in the limelight and to give the boxing fan’s what they crave and demand.
With the David Haye, Klitschko fights falling through and boxing again being dealt a hook in the floating rib. UK Fight fans might want to look on the bright side and look at some of the fights ahead. Potential match-ups and a few maybes to put some optimism or even a little hope in our potential fight diarys.

There is always the argument that MMA pits his best fighters against each other and boxing is having to follow suit, in order to keep the fans and TV networks happy.

Much enthuses these days is put on an undefeated record, thus careful match making and avoidance of danger men and rivals, has been the common theme in the fight game in recent years. Although throughout the age of boxing the top contenders and best fighters didnt always get the title shot they deserved or their skills warrented, the latter being the main reason and being under the correct promotional banner a big factor too… But all that is for another article!
The boxing public are now demanding competitive shows and evenly matched, value for money contests, that will keep boxing as the front runner in the contact sports.

Fights for 2011 – Between two British boxers

James DeGale vs George Groves
James Degale and George Groves used to be friends, training partners andalso squared up for real as amateurs, with Groves outpointing the now British super-middleweight champion after his recent win over Paul Smith. The win has seen DeGale jump into the world rankings and he will be looking to build on his fine win and rave reviews. But in Commonwealth champion Groves, he has unfinished business with his amateur rival and it is a natural fight that should happen this year with Frank Warren and Adam Booth in talks.

David Haye vs Dereck Chisora
Chisora defeats Wladimir Klitschko! and calls out WBA heavyweight champion David Haye in the ring afterwards. Haye accepts and the two heavyweight world champions fight at Wembley in ‘The Real Heavyweight boxing Battle of Britain’ in a massive summer boxing showcase!

Kell Brooke vs Matthew Hatton
With Hatton lined up to face Mexican hero Saul Alverez in March, this fight wont be happpening anytime soon, but is a potentially a good domestic fight at some stage this year even if Hatton losses to Alverez.

Michael Jennings vs Kell Brooke 2
After there anticipated first fight ended in an disapointing circumstances, when Jennings suffered a cut and the fight was stopped and Brooke declared the winner. But Jennings was by no means a loser and was more than matching the new British boxing star before getting the bad cut. Again unfinished business springs to mind and these two must find out who is the best and put the question to rest.

Nathan Cleverly vs Tony Bellew
Although this would be a watchable fight and one that would attract a big watching audience. Cleverly is way in front of Bellew at the moment, in regards to experience, level of opponents and titles won, and may not give Bellew the fight he has been vocal in trying to get. This fight is possible if Bellew the commonwealth champion, can make himself a worthy challenger to Cleverly’s titles with a few good wins. Starting with a rematch against Ovill McKenzie again on Saturday February 19 at London’s York Hall in a re-run of their thriller at the Liverpool Echo Arena. By then Cleverly may well have had his world title shot and then this could be a British world title meeting somewhere down the line.

Ricky Burns vs Stephen Foster Jnr.
Foster has a European title defence coming up and Burns a world title defence, but if both come through then an all British world title fight would be a massive occasion and would be a terrific fight between two no noncense boxers.

Matthew Macklin vs Darren Barker
European champion Macklin wants it! British and commonwealth champion Barker wants it, there teams want it! and the fans definatly want it. So this fight will happen at some stage to find the best middleweight in Britain. There is talk of Macklin being offered a fight with Winky Wright and there is rumour that Macklin is pushing for a fight with world champion Sergio Martinez, either way Macklin Barker could still happen before the years out.

Craig Watson vs John O’Donnell 2
This fight as been signed and sealed to take place at Wembley Arena on Saturday 5th February 2011 – for the British Welterweight title. This rematch promises to be as good as thier first fight when Manchester’s current Commonwealth Light Middleweight champion lost to O’Donnell back in April 2009 by a controversial split decision.

John Murray vs Kevin Mitchell
At the moment this would be a step back for Murray. He is on the verge of a world title shot, whilst Mitchell is coming off a loss to Katsidis and is looking to re-build. But should Mitchell do that and Murray seals a world title, then this fight would be massive and a real North v South battle of two honest pro’s who are friends. A fight fan must fight this one.

Anthony Crolla vs Carl Johannson

John Simpson vs Stephen Smith 2
This fight looks like a goer after John Simpson’s rematch with Northern Ireland’s Martin Lindsay was cancelled after the British Boxing Board of Control ordered the Scot to face Commonwealth featherweight champion Stephen Smith. Simpson lost his Commonwealth crown to Smith in September when a controversial points decision went in favour of the Scouser in Glasgow.
But the 27-year-old then bounced back to upset Lindsay and claim the British title in December. Simpson was due to face Lindsay again in Belfast in March but he has now been told to take on Smith – with both the British and Commonwealth title likely to be at stake when a date is confirmed. Smith has recently changed training camps and moved to Joe Gallaghers in Manchester. This rematch should surpass even the first fight, now they have both felt each other out.
Joe Murray vs Ryan Walsh
Maybe not a fight this year, unless both teams will ambitiously match the two unbeaten prospects to see who is the best. But somewhere down the line the two could one day meet in a fight of North v South. But two outstanding British prospects to watch out for.

Rendall Munroe vs Scott Quigg 
Unbeaten prospect Scott Quigg as been learning his trade on the Greater Manchester undercards and is coming along very nicely indeed collecting the WBA International super-bantamweight title along the way accumilating in a 21-0 pro record. Rendall Munroe also with a 21 fight record with 2 defeats, has done a crash course in the same amount of fights which saw him elivated into a genuine world title shot in Japan against Toshiaki Nishioka in October 2010, losing on points in a gallent effort against a quality champion for his WBC super bantamweight title. But Munroe the ‘Boxing Bin Man’ from Leicester, is a former European and Commonwealth title holder and still looks to have plenty left in the tank, to match the up and comers like Quigg. This would be a mouth watering encounter and a real pick’em one!

Stuart Hall vs Jamie McDonnell
Both of these fighters had a fantastic 2010. McDonald won the British and Commonwealth bantamweight titles against Ian Nappa in January, which was his starter for four championship fights, and then he added the European crown to his impresive collection of domestic honours, stopping Jerome Arnould in March. He as since defended the title twice with competent displays of boxing from the Doncaster battler. Stuart Hall also gate crashed the British scene last year, when in just his 9th fight won the vacant British title against Ian Nappa in June. Hall has risen to his role as champion, defending his Lonsdale belt successfully twice since then and the status of champion, seems to have made the Darlington boxer into a better fighter and a fight against McDonnell surely must be the next fight he will be seeking. This would be a very interesting fight and a sell out in the North of England where ever it took place.

Shinny Bayaar vs Paul Edwards 2

Carl Frampton vs Michael Walsh

Martin Lindsay vs Rhys Roberts

Andy Morris vs Jon Kays

Curtis Woodhouse vs Karl Place

Paul McCloskey vs Ajose Olusegan

Lenny Gaws vs Nigel Wright 3

Frankie Gavin vs Colin Lynes

Gary Sykes vs Gary Buckland 2

Denton Vassell vs Bradley Pryce

Billy Joe Saunders vs Erick Ochieng

Paul Smith vs Brian Magee

Patrick Mendy vs Kenny Anderson

Tony Jeffries vs Travis Dickinson

Rob Norton vs Terry Dunstan

Tyson Fury vs David Price

Audley Harrison vs Michael Sprott 3

Tom Dallas vs Larry Olubamiwo

Coleman Barrett vs Martin Rogan

Thomas Stalker v Martin Ward

Tyson Fury vs David Price
It’s about time both the big-talking Fury and Liverpool giant Price each took a big step in the right direction. They could start with each other in a bout which would stand every chance of going down as a domestic classic.

Matthew Hatton vs Junior Witter

Thomas Stalker v Martin Ward
Stalker and Ward are both battling for one GB lightweight spot for the 2012 Olympics. A foot injury to Ward scuppered their meeting in November’s GB finals, but a 2011 showdown could settle who gets the chance at the London Games.

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