Two of the biggest men, the biggest personalities and the biggest punchers in the sport. Joshua is a major star. In the UK he can fill a stadium against anyone. Wilder, who is unorthodox and dangerous, would be a worthy foe and this would be the heavyweight world title unification battle.
Really we want to see Tyson Fury against anyone. Getting licensed and back in the ring is his target for the new year. The key for him will be to recover his health and fitness. But Joseph Parker is not only a world champion, for the time being, he also has beaten Tyson’s cousin Hughie. Tyson could come back with a vengeance (and build himself up to take on the new kingpin of the heavyweight division later on).
3. George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jnr
We are getting this one (lucky all of us). February 17 in Manchester is the date. Britain’s two best super-middleweights meeting close enough to the peak of their powers. Action is guaranteed.
4. Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez
This rematch is likely to happen. But it is the fight to make. They are the best middleweights in the world, their first fight was an excellent contest, tainted by a controversial draw. They should settle that once and for all.
5. Keith Thurman vs Errol Spence
Keith Thurman, a unified world champion at welterweight, has been missed. He hasn’t fought for almost a year. Taking on fellow American Errol Spence would produce the best fighter at welterweight and a new US star.
6. Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jorge Linares
Lomachenko might just be the best boxer on the planet. He’d prove that if he stepped up to lightweight to take on Linares.
7. Oleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev
The World Boxing Super Series is set to produce the supreme cruiserweight on the planet. Usyk-Gassiev would be a tremendous final.
8. Sergey Kovalev vs Dmitry Bivol
Kovalev was humbled by Andre Ward. He might not yet be ready to relinquish his place at the top. But Bivol, a quality puncher, looks dangerous and this would be a thrilling light-heavy unification for the WBO and WBA belts.
9. Artur Beterbiev vs Adonis Stevenson
Russia’s Beterbiev could be a monster at light-heavyweight. For too long Stevenson has taken soft challenges. He must face real opposition in 2018.
10. Manny Pacquiao vs Amir Khan
Both are far from their peak, Pacquiao suffered a shock defeat to Jeff Horn in 2017, Khan hasn’t not fought for well over a year. But the fight would offer them a chance to recapture the glories of old.