According to a fans survey, these are the rematches that should be taking place next year.
Although many have already been confirmed at the WBC annual convention recently, these are the rematches that the fans want to make sure that they see the most.
Whilst DeGale has a unification fight against Badou Jack to get through next year and Groves has managed to land another world title of his own, the bitter rivalry between the two must continue. If Groves manages to land the WBA title against Chudinov when they meet in the new year, a rematch with DeGale is surely going to be at the top of every fan’s wish list.
Although many agree that Gonzalez deserved to win the last fight against Mexican Cuadras, the super-flyweight clash was one of the most remembered fights of the year and certainly an extremely tight affair. This week, the WBC confirmed that the pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez is going to come back and defend the belt that he won from Cuadras, with the rematch scheduled for March 2017.
This is one of the rematches on the list that’s definitely confirmed to be happening so far, with Frampton set to defend the WBA featherweight title that he won from Santa Cruz when they came head to head earlier in 2016. Currently, the rematch is set to take place at the beginning of the New Year, and will be held in Las Vegas. If you’re hoping to place a bet on your favourite, check out Bookmaker Ratings.
This year, Crolla lost his WBA lightweight title to Linares, a division leader who is just as keen as his opponent for a rematch of their fierce first encounter in the New Year. However, whether or not this rematch is definitely confirmed is yet to be seen, although promoter Eddie Hearn has recently revealed to Boxing News that a rematch between the two could be set to be held in Manchester in mid-March next year.
Although Mayweather may be insisting that he is happily retired with no plans to return to the ring, Pacquiao has come back after ending his brief break from the sport in November when he dominated Jessie Vargas, winning yet another world title. After his disappointing loss to Mayweather in 2015, it’s no surprise that Pacquiao is more than ready for a rematch with the retired world champion.
Before being undone by a massive left hook back in 2012, Khan was boxing well against Garcia. Currently the number one challenger for Garcia’s title, Khan may be recovering from injury but this hasn’t stopped him from being eager to avenge the loss from four years ago. He’s so keen to try again with Garcia that he’s even prioritising a rematch over a super fight with domestic rival, Kell Brook. However, with Khan still not quite recovered from his latest injury, fans will have to make do with watching Garcia face WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman, with the date set for March next year.
Although Tyson Fury is taking a much-needed break from the sport in order to resolve some personal issues, a contractually mandated rematch against the long-standing champion that he conquered this year is a move that makes a lot of sense. However, with Fury out of the game for the time being, Klitschko has an April date set to face IBF champion Anthony Joshua.
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