We pick out 10 top tussles that could occur between the two leading fighters in a division - what you might like to call actual world championship fights
- TYSON FURY vs ANTHONY JOSHUA
Boxing politics and legal disputes have so far prevented this all-British heavyweight megafight from taking place. For the sake of the sport, this is a matchup that simply has to happen.
- ERROL SPENCE JNR vs TERENCE CRAWFORD
These two American welterweights seemingly have it all in their arsenals, so a clash between them would no doubt be as competitive as it would be captivating. It is another contest that must come to fruition.
- GENNADY GOLOVKIN vs JERMALL CHARLO
A middleweight meeting between Golovkin and Charlo would present a fascinating dynamic – that of the veteran warhorse taking on the prime stallion. Would it be a maintaining of the current order or a changing of the guard?
- ARTUR BETERBIEV vs DMITRY BIVOL
Like a few of the fights on this list, a Beterbiev-Bivol bout has been touted for some time. Matching these fearsome Russian light-heavyweights against one another would produce a battle of beasts.
- OSCAR VALDEZ vs GERVONTA DAVIS
Valdez is an exciting, all-action warrior, while the gifted Davis is regarded as a potential pound-for-pound king of the future. Their styles would likely gel perfectly for a scintillating super-featherweight scrap.
- CANELO ALVAREZ vs CALEB PLANT
The sport’s premier superstar, Canelo yearns to cement himself as the unquestioned super-middleweight supremo. Plant would be a considerable underdog, but the odds have been upset countless times before in boxing.
- KEN SHIRO vs HIROTO KYOGUCHI
Japanese boxing has a rich heritage in the lower weight divisions, and Shiro and Kyoguchi are continuing this tradition. Let’s hope that the two light-flyweights face off.
- JULIO CESAR MARTINEZ vs SUNNY EDWARDS
Having already fought Sunny’s older brother, Charlie, fiery flyweight Martinez could well end up sharing a ring with the younger Edwards sibling at some point.
- KNOCKOUT CP FRESHMART vs PETCHMANEE CP FRESHMART
The fifth civil war on this list, a CP Freshmart derby between these two standout strawweights would set pulses racing in Thailand and beyond.
- GARY RUSSELL JNR vs MAURICIO LARA
Earlier this year, Lara catapulted himself into the upper echelons of the featherweight division, where Russell currently leads the way.