Former British lightweight champions Derry Mathews and Anthony Crolla are never in a dull fight, so it was inevitable when they met each other last year we were in for a fight of the year candidate.
Both have been trying to monopolise the FOTY selection process for the last few years. So when the two signed to fight again on May 30th, boxing fans welcomed the news, knowing a return has all the ingredients for another epic encounter, a fighters fight and one every serious fight fan is looking forward to.
1: Tyson Fury (Manchester) v David Price (Liverpool)
Both failed to agree a deal to fight and a meeting looked far away as both went on their separate routes to the top. Unfortunately Price (15-1, 13KOs) was knocked out in his last fight against Tony Thompson losing his unbeaten record and scuppering any immediate plans to face Fury has he rebuilds. But is a fight with Fury still as big as it was before his loss to Thompson? Fury’s next fight is against Steve Cunningham in April on his American debut, it is a world title eliminator and Fury (20-0, 14KOs) will not be looking back if he wins big against Cunningham. But if Price can get a few wins under his belt, Fury v Price is still a big fight and one everybody would want to see regardless.
4: Scott Quigg (Manchester) v Carl Frampton (Belfast)
This could well be the fight British boxing fans would most like to see at the moment if prompted. It is a fight that could be made and should be made. The No1 and No2 super-bantamweights in Britain are both unbeaten and both and the verge of world title fights. Manchester’s Quigg (25-0,18KOs) is the current British champion and holds the title as the WBA Interim world champion. Frampton (16-0,11KOs) from Belfast boasts the European and Commonwealth crowns as well as the IBF Inter-continental belt, both ultra talented professionals, its hard to slip a cigarette paper between them and only when the pair meet can the arguments stop. This fight will happen but when? Should it wait until it is worth bigger stakes? Or will it ever get any bigger than it is now?
Both these Lonsdale belt holders from Merseyside have stormed through to rule their domestic weight classes. Satchell (10-0, 2KOs) is the current British and Commonwealth flyweight champion, Butler holds the British super-flyweight belt and is lined up to fight for the commonwealth strap in April. The two domestic divisions don’t boast the kind of packed talent the higher weight classes do and both young men will eventually develop and look at moving up divisions. Should Satchell dominate this year and cement his position, he may soon seek the bigger fights and challenges at the bigger weights. If Paul Butler (9-0, 4KOs) is still at super-flyweight then there is no bigger fight for both.
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