Is it just me, or is the current crop of British Heavyweights really getting you excited too?
For too many years the division has been sparse of talent that can capture the public’s imagination. Long gone are the days when the casual fan or the general public were talking about the skill and power of Lennox Lewis, or the sheer brutality of Mike Tyson, bobbing and weaving to bring another contest to a concussive conclusion. Until now.
There has been a shift in power since the toppling of the great Wladimir Klitschko by Tyson Fury. The tall and rangy fighter, working behind an effective jab to conclusively take a majority decision in Germany back in November. Tyson, for all of his non-PC comments, has got everyone talking about the division and the sport as a whole. You’ve got to hand it to him as controversy breeds interest and I am certain that the viewing figures for his next bout against Klitschko or Deontay Wilder, will be massive. People will watch to see him lose or to support him in his claim to be the best fighter on the planet.
This is where it gets interesting, because not only does the UK have a lineal Heavyweight World champion but there is also a plethora of talent coming through the ranks and with the addition of David Haye, the British Heavyweight scene can be a dominant force on the world stage.
Anthony Joshua has the weight of the world on his shoulders, and yes I agree he got wobbled in his last fight, but with his attitude and dedication, this will serve him well as he looks to move up the rankings before he challenges one of the big boys for a title. A lack of head movement and loss of discipline in the Dillian Whyte fight is something that I would expect him to work on and improve as he gains more experience.
Throw in Whyte, Derek Chisora, Hughie Fury and even David Price into the mix, there are some intriguing domestic fights too, which could catapult one of these fighters in the frame for world honours.
2016 could very well be a year to remember, as the UK looks to cement its claim to be the current fight capital of the world.
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British Heavyweight Rankings January 2016
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