This year has been a great year for boxing on a whole but especially the heavyweight division really took off.
The year started off with David Haye making his comeback against Mark de Mori. Haye’s comeback was highly anticipated and it was set to be a big fight. This fight was not show stopping, it was disappointing. Haye walked all over Mori and proved that Mark de Mori was not worthy of big fights as he wasn’t skilful enough.
Next up for the heavyweight division was Deontay Wilder who successfully defended his WBC title against Artur Szpilka. Wilder had defended his title twice before, he was and is a successful fighter who solid and skilful. Wilder knocked Szpilka out in round 9 and proved his dominance throughout the fight.
Then came Anthony Joshua’s title shot against Charles Martin. Martin had just won his title and was demolished in his first defence. Joshua knocked Martin down and when he got back up he got knocked straight back down and the fight ended. This was Joshua’s biggest fight and this led him onto bigger and better opponents.
Haye had his second fight in the his comeback and destroyed his opponent once again. Haye knocked him out in round 2 and proved to the boxing fans one of two things, the fight he has had in his comeback were all really easy or he is a really good fighter.
Dereck Chisora was beaten by Kubrat Pulev in Germany in what was a majority points decision. The fight wasn’t as good as expected, there was no knockout, there were some big punches thrown as in any big heavyweight battle.
Next up was Joshua vs Breazeale at the lions den in Joshua’s first IBF title defence. Brezeale was no walk over and lasted 7 rounds but was knocked down and got back up and knocked straight back down and the fight ended. I think this fight was key fight in Joshua’s career because he didn’t have an easy fight and he was tested by Breazeale and he learnt from the fight.