Possible Super Fights & Super Fights on The Horizon
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Here are the definite and could be super fights on the horizon in 2018.
In knocking down Sergey Kovalev three times in round seven, Eleider Alvarez, 34, 24-0 with 12 knockouts, Montreal, Canada, long ducked by Adonis Stevenson, won the WBO and IBA World Light Heavyweight titles. Alvarez earned the right to a no holes barred all-Canadian showdown against Stevenson, 29-1-1, 24 knockouts, Blainville, Canada, the WBC World Light Heavyweight champion. Both fighters hail from Quebec, but Stevenson, a 40-year-old southpaw, light opt instead for a 12 round rematch with Badou Jack, who drew within his last outing. Stevenson could also go for Kovalev instead, whose loss to Alvarez has reduced his stock but who is still promotable for Adonis. Stevenson has long avoided Alvarez, but now the ultimate showdown with Alvarez seems unavoidable.
Two: Saul Canelo Alvarez versus Gennady Golovkin II
Alvarez, 28, brings youth, strength and enthusiasm to the table in the rematch against Golovkin, after their draw in September 2017. Golovkin, 36, is more of a full-fledged middleweight. One year later, in September 2018, GGG will not show any signs of decline. Alvarez has a good chance of outpointing him the second time around, but the outcome will depend on which fighter wants it more, and who has the better game plan overall in the return to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas/
Three: Shawn Porter versus Danny Garcia
The vacant WBC World Welterweight title will be on the line as Porter, 28-2 with 17 knockouts, Las Vegas, Nevada, faces Danny Garcia, 34-1 with 20 knockouts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Barclays Center in September 2018 in a battle of former world welterweight champions. Garcia is fast, Porter is smart. Who will outsmart the other? Good question with these two popular fighters. Porter has to outwork Garcia like he did with Adrien Broner by getting inside, and utilizing his slight reach advantage. Garcia will have to use his height advantage to control the ring. All 12 rounds will be important on the three judges’ scorecards.
Four: Daniel Jacobs versus Sergey Derevyanchenko
In an all-Brooklyn war scheduled for November 2018 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the vacant IBF World Middleweight will be a stake for Daniel Jacobs, 34-2 with 29 knockouts, Brooklyn, New York, and Derevyanchenko, 12-0, 10 knockouts, Brooklyn by way of Crimea, Russia.
Five: Carl Frampton versus Luke Jackson
Frampton, 25-1 with 14 knockouts, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, will defend the interim WBO World Featherweight title against 16-0 Luke Jackson of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, this month at Windsor Park in Belfast. Frampton, who decisioned Nonito Donaire over 12 rounds this past April, could have his hands full with Jackson, the WBO Oriental champion, has not yet been seen outside of Australia but could prove better than expected.