Boxing has had an impressive year in 2018 and it’s not over yet.
So far, we’ve already seen huge fights such as Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker, Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz, Oleksandr Usyk v Murat Gassiev, George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr and Vasyl Lomachenko v Jorge Linares.
Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin II and George Groves v Callum Smith are also already scheduled to take place in September, but the late-2018 schedule is looking quite weak on the whole.
So here are five fights we see as realistic possibilities, which could still happen before the year is out.
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1. Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury (WBC heavyweight world title)
If both camps are to be believed, this unexpected heavyweight clash is almost a done deal. Fury faces Francesco Pianeta this weekend with Wilder set to be ringside. Could we see an announcement in the ring after the bout?
2. Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew (Undisputed cruiserweight world title)
Usyk called out Bellew after claiming all the belts with his stunning, masterclass victory over Murat Gassiev in July. The self proclaimed ‘fat, mouthy Scouser’ accepted the challenge and both parties are currently in serious negotiations to try and make the fight happen.
3. James DeGale v Chris Eubank Jr (Domestic super-middleweight grudge match)
There has been no serious, public talk of this bout as yet, but it appears to make perfect sense. Eubank Jr is set to return on the undercard of George Groves v Callum Smith on September 28, but, after that, seems the perfect opponent for DeGale to return against after he vacated his belt in search of big money match-ups.
4. Errol Spence v Mikey Garcia (IBF welterweight world title)
Unified lightweight (and former super-lightweight) world champion Garcia has declared that he now wants to brave new waters and jump up to welterweight for the toughest test of his career to date. He is currently in talks to take on daunting IBF king Spence, who said he would have no issue facing off against the smaller man.
5. Amir Khan v Kell Brook (Domestic welterweight grudge match)
Khan against Brook has been talked about for years, but never quite come to fruition. However, they now share a promoter in Eddie Hearn who is desperate to finally make this fight and has even tabbed a potential December date for it to happen.