British boxing is in an excellent position with many of the sport’s biggest names hailing from these islands and so there are plenty of intriguing matchups to be had.
Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte have just sold Wembley with 94,000 people clamoring to see the WBC heavyweight title contest on English soil.
This weekend, Joshua Buatsi and Craig Richards face off at the O2 Arena to see who can put themselves in position for a world light heavyweight title.
talkSPORT has decided to put together a list of exciting domestic matchups that we could see in the near future – or should see – and the talent is there for all to see…
Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury
This fight doesn’t need to be talked about too much.
Two of the greatest heavyweights of their time hailing from the same country who have never crossed paths. It seems inevitable at some point that they will lock the horns.
Joshua is a former two-time unified heavyweight champion and Fury is the current WBC heavyweight champion, but he held all heavyweight titles at one point in his undefeated career.
This fight was almost made in 2021, but the arbitral tribunal ruled that Fury should in fact fight Deontay Wilder for the third time. In that space, Joshua took a mandatory title defense against Oleksandr Usyk and lost, leaving the undisputed title fight up in smoke.
AJ has a rematch under contract with Usyk and will try to regain his titles. Fury says he’s now retired – but is he?
Daniel Dubois vs. Dillian Whyte
Whyte finally got his shot at world title glory after a four-year wait and he was pretty well beaten by The Gypsy King.
Dubois is 18-1. He was close to a title challenge, but an eye injury during his fight with Joe Joyce saw him suffer the first loss of his career.
If Whyte is to return to title contention, highly ranked Dubois could be the way he does it that would also capture the public’s attention and generate a good deal of change for him.
Dubois is in line to fight for the WBA (regular) title this summer and is also well placed in the WBO rankings.
Callum Smith vs. Anthony Yarde/Joshua Buatsi
Smith was the WBA (super) super middleweight champion, but at 6-foot-3, the Liverpudlian was still leading the weight classes.
He brutally knocked out his opponent on the Joshua vs Usyk undercard and he is now looking for big fights.
Yarde and Buatsi are exactly in the same place. Yade says he expects the winner of Joe Smith Jr vs. Artur Berterbiev next month and Buatsi takes on Craig Richards in an attempt to defeat, presumably, Dmitry Bivol.
Matchroom could easily do Smith and Buatsi, so that’s not a problem. Yet while Buatsi really wants to have another national showdown to earn a title shot if he beats Richards?
Yarde would make sense. But Matchroom and Queensberry don’t have a rich history of working fights and Warren thinks he has Bob Arum’s word that Yarde will get the next shot. If either becomes champion, Smith is a viable and attractive option.
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jr II
This fight would take no sales at all. In fact, there’s every chance it could sell a stadium if the right venue was chosen.
Saunders and Eubank Jr first met in 2014 and Saunders won by unanimous decision.
Bad blood has always simmered and now with both men competing for world title honours, the idea of them facing each other again has aged well.
Eubank Jr is looking for a big fight and holds out hope that he can lure Gennady Golovkin or Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez into the ring.
Saunders faced Canelo last time out and an eye injury proved his undoing and the sad end to a good outing. A lucrative date with Eubank Jr might be one of the few fights that still excites him.
Jack Catterall vs. Josh Taylor II
There’s no way they can’t do this fight again. Their first fight is one of the biggest steals in modern boxing, as judges in Taylor’s Scottish territory gave him a split decision win despite Catterall totally dominating the fight, especially in the early stages.
Taylor remained adamant that he felt he had won, much to the chagrin of the boxing world.
It was thought the Scot would move up to welterweight but instead he stays in the light welterweight division and defends himself against Jose Zepeda.
The fact that Taylor, the undisputed champion, won’t rematch Catterall is very damaging to his reputation. It’s a wrong that needs to be righted and they could do it in front of a very large crowd.
Catterall will always remain an asterisk on Taylor’s record until they fight again.
Josh Warrington vs. Leigh Wood
Wood prevailed in a modern day classic against Michael Conlan earlier this year and a huge fight now awaits the Nottingham-based fighter.
He was already loved locally, but now fight fans across the UK have had the chance to admire his hands-on work in one of the fights of the year and his stock has grown immeasurably.
Warrington is now a two-time IBF featherweight champion and has already been proven capable of selling big venues – and even stadiums – to Leeds. Pairing two fighters who adore local fanbases seems like a recipe for a big sell.
Wood is ranked high in the WBA and not the IBF, but this is definitely a fight Eddie Hearn could make regardless. The likes of Martin Ward – who is another boy from Leeds – and Jordan Gill are also lurking around the picture.
Sunny Edwards vs. Prince Patel
Edwards and Patel don’t like each other and some built-in bad blood is always scheming when selling a fight.
At 18-0, Edwards is the IBF flyweight champion and although he has pursued WBC champion Julio Cesar Martinez in a bid to unify, his disdain for Patel keeps the Lancashire southpaw in his thoughts.
The pair have been back and forth in the media since 2016, but Patel hasn’t fought in England since that year.
Patel repeatedly said Edwards didn’t want to fight him, and Edwards repeatedly called Patel a liar. Edwards says the couple agreed to fight in 2018, but Patel ended up backing down.