What a year 2017 was for boxing.
After years of having to wait for top competitive fights, last year we were able to watch some mouth watering contests with some of the best fighters in the game.
Danny Garcia vs Keith Thurman, Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko and Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady
Golovkin were some of the bigger fights that were made and didn’t disappoint. Oh and we also saw the cross over of boxer versus MMA specialist in Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor which too had an eventful buildup and fight.
Here at Eightcount.tv we take a look at some of the fighters that did not have a good 2017 and are in need to reignite their careers this year.
1) Danny Garcia:
Known for his cherry picking, Danny Garcia started the year of with a bang by accepting to challenge Keith Thurman. It was an exciting toe to toe fight that saw Thurman retain his unbeaten record but also capture Garcia’s WBC title and put a dent on his unblemished record.
Since that defeat, Danny and his father, Angel, have been inactive from both the ring and all social media outlets. The loss was coming for a long time in our opinion…Garcia was on the lucky end of a few decisions but this loss in particular took the sting out of him and as such chose note to fight again all year. He has though lined up a fight early this year against Brandon Rios, a fight which many feel Garcia will easily win. Has Danny gone back to his cherry picking ways or will he compete against the best to reclaim his title?
2) Amir Khan:
As we posted a week ago, Amir Khan has been inactive for almost 19 months with constant problems – both in and out of the ring. His inactivity last year has seen him drop in rankings and become obsolete in the boxing space. He has however, still maintained his profile but all for the wrong reasons…personal and family issues, hand injuries and constant bashing of Floyd Mayweather in the media. He has vowed to fight three times this year and challenge again for world titles. Apparently he will announce a ‘shocking press release’ in the coming days whatever that could be. Has he still got anything left in the tank or this just talk from him to stay relevant in the news? I hope we hear an announcement soon on who is going to fight in the coming months.
3) Guillermo Rigondeaux:
The Cuban defensive maestro talked a big game all year, calling out all the major fighters and then landed the mega fight against Lomachenko. One of the most talked about fights after Canelo and GGG with a big buildup, but with an anti-climatic ending. After all that talk, Rigenoux quit after the 5th round claiming hand injuries but he was outboxed, out-skilled and proved no match against Lomachenko. At 36 years of age, was that his only chance in getting a major fight…most probably, and not likely to get another.
4) Adrien Broner:
AB, the Can Man, Mr Flashy and whatever else he wants to call himself had another less impressive year. Broner, although not afraid to step up and compete against the best, always comes up short and slowly becoming an irrelevant sight in the game. A fighter who most spectators like to watch given his entertaining ring entrances and trash talking always draws big crowds, but we feel that Broner does not have much time left in his career. Constant losses will see him not able to compete in these bigger fights and could end up being a stepping stone type of fighter like Paulie Malignaggi. What will Al Haymon have in store Broner this year?
5) James Degale:
The Olympic medalist from London had a rough year as well. He fought Badou Jack early in 2017 with an entertaining draw, many of whom thought he lost. And most recently a shocking loss to Caleb Truax which saw him lose his IBF World Super Middleweight Title and also contemplate retirement. We hope this is just a minor setup for Chunky and he can revitalize his career. An entertaining fighter who hasn’t been the most active in the past few years, but one with a lot of potential. Let’s see what 2018 holds for the Londoner.