Note: I’ve kept this list to fights that can realistically happen next year, hence why you won’t see any fights like Crawford-Matthysse or Pacquiao-Khan on this list that are prevented by promotional/TV differences.
1. Andy Lee-Billy Joe Saunders
Irish traveller vs. Romany traveller, with a world title at stake. Extra special if this one takes place in Ireland
2. Floyd Mayweather-Amir Khan
In my opinion, the toughest style matchup out there for Mayweather. An in-his-prime Khan gives Mayweather fits with his speed, and the question is can Floyd, who lacks one punch power, potshot effectively enough to bank the rounds
3. Kell Brook-Amir Khan
This fight fills Wembley and rivals the hype of Froch-Groves II. A great consolation prize if the above fight doesn’t happen
4. Miguel Cotto-Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
Puerto Rico’s most prolific ever world champion against Mexico’s biggest star since Chavez Sr. for the lineal middleweight title. Oh, and it would likely be an action packed slugfest. What more could one ask for?
5. Cotto/Canelo-Gennady Golovkin
Golovkin would be sanctioning body mandatory for a potential Cotto-Canelo winner, and this would decide true middleweight supremacy. It would also be the perfect launching pad for Golovkin into PPV superstardom
6. Manny Pacquiao-Terence Crawford
Possibly the toughest fight for Pacquiao outside of Mayweather. With Pacquiao possibly moving down to 140lbs., this could happen in the latter half of next year
7. Adonis Stevenson-Sergey Kovalev
If Kovalev knocks off Jean Pascal as expected, this is the only fight that matters at light heavyweight. Will Al Haymon allow it to happen? To rephrase, will he send his superman into the devil’s mouth?
8. Vasyl Lomachenko-Nicolas Walters
Amateur legend against fearsome banger. Styles make fights and this would also probably define the leader of the featherweight class
9. George Groves-James DeGale II
No time like the present for these two longtime rivals to have their rematch. Froch has shown little interest in defending against his mandatory, DeGale, and so, the former Olympic champion could wind up having to fight the daunting Andre Dirrell for the vacant belt.
Groves is in a similar position as mandatory to tough titlist Anthony Dirrell.
Why not fight each other instead? It makes a lot more money and, to make it a reality, promoter Eddie Hearn may be able to find a way to have a vacant title at stake
10. Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg
Promotional and TV differences have made this fight a pipedream so far, but it could be a possibility for the latter half of the year now that Frampton has seemingly left Boxnation.
Both are undefeated, in the world’s top 5, and in their prime.
It would earn each fighter huge purses from Sky PPV and would be a classic Ireland vs. England matchup.
11. Wladimir Klitschko-Tyson Fury
Because of Fury’s larger than life personality and increasing in-ring skills, this figures to be the biggest Klitschko fight since David Haye and toegate.
Fury is currently Klitschko’s mandatory and the top contender in the division that he has yet to defeat
12. Roman Gonzalez-Juan Francisco Estrada II
HBO have shown interest in this rematch between the world’s two premier flyweights. Gonzalez won their first meeting in a 2012 war and both men have done nothing but continue to impress and improve since then.
If it doesn’t happen, I’d be equally happy with Roman Gonzalez-Naoya Inoue