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The 10 best ‘civil war’ fights that can be made today

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury
The 10 best fights that can be made between countrymen, using 10 different nations
  1. TYSON FURY vs ANTHONY JOSHUA (UK)
    Simply put, the biggest fight that can be made in boxing today. The winner of this blockbuster battle would be crowned the undisputed world heavyweight king.
  2. TERENCE CRAWFORD vs ERROL SPENCE JNR (USA)
    In terms of pure skill and talent, a clash between these two pound-for-pound-listed welterweights is about as good as it gets. Two elite rivals sharing a ring is what the sport is all about.
  3. ARTUR BETERBIEV vs DMITRY BIVOL (RUSSIA)
    What a contest this would be – a mouth-watering scrap between a pair of fearsome beasts from the East. They have wreaked havoc during their rise to the upper echelons of the light-heavyweight division.
  4. LEO SANTA CRUZ vs MIGUEL BERCHELT (MEXICO)
    A coming-together of these fiery super-featherweight livewires would guarantee entertainment and excitement. Santa Cruz has the speed. Berchelt has
    the power. This mix of styles would be fascinating.
  5. JOHN RIEL CASIMERO vs NONITO DONAIRE (PHILIPPINES)
    Both of these brilliant bantamweights are vastly decorated, having each won world honours in multiple weight classes. Casimero is always dangerous, while Donaire exudes class.
  6. KAZUTO IOKA vs KOSEI TANAKA (JAPAN)
    Ioka is a four-weight world champion. Tanaka is a three-weight world champion with designs on reigning in a fourth division. Taking Ioka’s super-flyweight crown would achieve this feat for Tanaka.
  7. KNOCKOUT CP FRESHMART vs WANHENG MEENAYOTHIN (THAILAND)
    The top two strawweights on the planet boast a combined record of 75-0. Their country has a rich history at 105lbs and they are proudly carrying this tradition on.
  8. CARLOS TAKAM vs TONY YOKA (FRANCE)
    This would be an intriguing crossroads collision at heavyweight between a tough, veteran contender and a rising talent who claimed a gold medal at the most recent Olympic Games.
  9. IVAN BARANCHYK vs KIRYL RELIKH (BELARUS)
    Belarus may be the smallest nation on this list in relation to both land mass and population, yet the country is home to two former world super-lightweight title-holders in Baranchyk and Relikh.
  10. KRZYSZTOF GLOWACKI vs KRZYSZTOF WLODARCZYK (POLAND)
    These shaven-headed, mean-looking cruiserweights have both held world championships in the past and are each still highly ranked in the 200lb weight category.

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