All fight fans have their list of realistic dream fights, match-ups that could and should happen, but don’t because of boxing politics or promotional issues. Really no good reason, match ups that would happen in any other sport. For 2017 there are two things in the boxing world I really want to see above all else:
A Welterweight showdown between two unbeaten American’s, Terrance Crawford who at 29, is at his absolute prime coming off destructions of John Molina Jr. and Viktor Postol facing Errol Spence, the former Olympian is just entering his prime at the age of 26, the Dallas area native has put together a string of 8 straight knockouts including destruction of some pretty solid names like Phil Lo Greco, Chris Algeri, and Leonard Bundu, a face off with Crawford would be a huge step up. The two American superstars have compiled a combined record of 51-0 and appear to be on a collision course with each other. If anything in any sport can happen this year please let it be this fight. This fight is so compelling you have a guy in Spence who is a great inside fighter with tremendous skill and power going against a guy in Crawford who is the quintessential Boxer-puncher with great footwork and knows who to find and use his range, Bud also has underrated, punching power.
I think early in this fight Spence brings the fight to Crawford early landing some good short shots on the inside hurting him a few times winning wins early through the first 4 or 5 rounds. When Crawford takes control finding his distance and keeping his range and dominates the most of the second half of the fight with his jab and a superior jab, Spence spends much of the second half of the fight attempting to get to the inside but Bud is largely able to avoid the game Spence and take a close, hard fought but, unanimous decision.
2017 dream fight #2 can be had at either 154 or 160 or somewhere in between. Canelo Alvarez vs Jermall Charlo. The older of the Charlo boys (by 1 minute) stock is booming through the roof with his three knockdowns, 5th round devastation of J-Rock Williams. Charlo mixes it all together, size, speed, power, boxing ability, punch assortment and accuracy. Canelo would probably be the betting favorite based on name recognition. Canelo is clearly a very solid fighter, solid boxing skill, knows how to use his jab, and has tremendous power. If Khan were bigger he’d have continued to outbox Canelo and won the fight on points. Charlo has the look of a middleweight and would probably have the size and weight advantage when they stepped into the ring. Canelo has the better names on his resume including Kahn but has struggled with Trout and got a gift and I mean a GIFT decision over Erislandy Lara, and was dominated by Lil’ Floyd not much shame in that.He does have wins of an aging Cotto, James Kirkland, and Liam smith.
I am thinking a Canelo-Charlo fight being a bit of a slug fest going towards Charlo, landing first due to superior speed. Canelo does land some heavy lumber along the way but ultimately gets broken down and Charlo takes out Cinnamon in about the 9th round.
I know everyone wants to see Canelo vs GGG, I say let Lara give the Kazakh hype machine his first “0”.