For the first time in a long time, the landscape of professional boxing has shifted to the British. They currently have more world champions than any other country. On top of that, many of our friends from across the pond are taking monumental challenges to solidify their legacy in the sport.
The USA and other countries should take note and dare to be great, as there are far too many soft matchups being made and it is ultimately the fans who lose out. Here’s a brief look at some of the upcoming British bouts.
On July 30th, Carl Frampton (22-0 14ko) steps up in weight to take on the tough as nails, undefeated Leo Santa Cruz (32-0 18ko). Frampton has his work cut out for him, as he’s giving up height and reach advantage for this bout. I would have loved to see him challenge Rigondeaux instead of moving up, but I understand the more lucrative jump.
Sometime in October (date pending) Tyson Fury(25-0 18ko) will step into the lion’s den a second time against long reigning heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko(64-4 53ko). Last November, Fury did what many didn’t think possible, and dethroned the Ukrainian. It was a boring affair, but a win is a win. Fury easily could have taken a soft defense, but chose to go after Wlad again.
Yesterday it was announced Kell Brook(36-0 25ko) will be moving up two full weight classes to take on Gennady Golovkin (35-0 32ko) on September 10. This is a move that earns Brook massive kudos in my eyes, whilst leaving me shaking my head at GGG. On paper this is an almost insurmountable task for Brook, but he is daring to be great!
It’s easy to sit back and speculate, but the facts are that the British are currently running the top tier of Boxing. Hopefully we will see more pugilists stepping up their game in the coming months and giving the fans the fights that matter!