2017 was another big year for UK boxing which consolidated it’s position as the global capital of boxing – but could the Americans fight back this year? Certainly.
Boxing is now shown on the major sports network again in the US on ESPN, which is ginormous for boxing.
You’ve also got the likes of Floyd Mayweather now stepping up his promoter game since retiring from the sport and with proven sports promoters like Dana White and Eddie Hearn entering the American boxing market, more events will be put on.
But, where are the really big fights going to happen?
You look at the main stars in the sport, Anthony Joshua, Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and perhaps Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury to a lesser extent, to name some of the main ones.
The big fights you’d have to think this year will focus around the UK again. Unless Cowboys stadium does in event in Dallas, which is possible.
The UK however as a geography has really shown itself as a country to do stadium fights in record numbers in recent years – for Anthony Joshua’s bouts for example and before that Carl Froch vs George Groves.
Furthermore, Floyd Mayweather even took his fighters to the UK last year. Moreover, Errol Spence travelled to Sheffield to defeat Kell Brook in his back yard.
I see this trend continuing but also American boxing growing, and elsewhere around the world for that matter.
Relatively big fights in Asia and Australia and Canada happened in 2017. There’s no reason to think they won’t again this year with boxing now being a very international sport.
But when it comes down to the biggest sell out ticket fights this year, you’d have to lean towards the UK as things stand – but its early doors.