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By the end of 2022 who do you think will be the fighter of the year?

Vasiliy Lomachenko fighter of the year
In the 12 months ahead, who could become the fighter of the year? We ask the Boxing News panel

Kalle Sauerland
Chris Eubank’s promoter

I think we’re going to see the conclusion of the heavyweight mop up of belts, between Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua. I think that Fury comes out on top of the whole pile, so I expect him to then be the fighter of the year. And I can see Chris Eubank Jnr at least collecting and unifying a couple of belts.

Dave Coldwell
Leading trainer

Whoever comes out top in the lightweight mix. If he gets his opportunity, I think Vasiliy Lomachenko beats them all. I think he’s too clever for Devin Haney, I think he’d beat Teófimo López in a rematch and style-wise I think he beats George Kambosos. But I don’t know if gets the opportunity.

Tony Jeffries
Olympic medallist

I am hopeful there will be numerous major fights at heavyweight with the likes of AJ, Fury and Usyk and we will have an undisputed champion who will be fighter of the year.

Lisa Whiteside
Commonwealth Games champion

Hopefully myself! But Sunny Edwards has been great and it would be great to see one of the lighter fighters getting some recognition.

Chris McKenna
Sports reporter

Canelo Álvarez. An obvious choice but, to me, the only one guaranteed to land the fights he wants. He will become a world cruiserweight belt-holder and then will probably chase light-heavyweight glory. The winner of Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk/Anthony Joshua (if it happens) would be his only threat.

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