Best Boxing Fights of 2018 so far

World Boxing News 26/09/2018

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Boxing fans were able to enjoy another cracking contest on Saturday night as Anthony Joshua overcame another early wobble to retain his heavyweight belts at Wembley Stadium.

Just seven days prior, a huge event took place in Las Vegas, one of the Betting Top 10 of the year, when Canelo Alvarez defeated Gennady Golovkin at the T-Mobile Arena.

There are plenty more amazing fights to come in 2018 but so far, these last nine months have been special for fight fans.

Here are a few of the highlights:

Oleksandr Usyk v Mairis Briedis

Taking place in January, the World Boxing Super Series semi-final was a classic affair. The contest proved Briedis deserves to be considered one of the best cruiserweights on the planet, although the Latvian could stop Oleksandr Usyk from making the final and eventually lifting the coveted Ali Trophy.

Usyk now holds four versions of the world titles at 200 pounds.

Srisaket Rungvisai v Juan Estrada

February saw an amazing super-flyweight clash held between Rungvisai and Estrada. The pair battled it out for the duration with the WBC strap at stake. In the end, it was Rungvisai who took the spoils.

Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz

A few weeks on from ‘Superfly 2’, Wilder defended his WBC title against Ortiz in a bruising battle. After taking Ortiz’s best shots and just making it through, Wilder came back to halt the Cuban late on.

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Stevenson v Jack

In May, Stevenson and Jack staged an enthralling light-heavyweight bout. Evenly matched despite Jack moving up in weight, Stevenson eventually kept his WBC title due to a draw on the cards.

Alex Saucedo v Lenny Zappavigna

During the month of June, one of the most astonishing fights of the year took place. With the Round of the Year taking place in the fourth, Saucedo and Zappa delighted fans for seven rounds.

Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin 2

September’s middleweight event proved once again Canelo and GGG are the best two 160 pounders around. Following a back and forth twelve rounds, Canelo sneaked a victory ahead of a third fight in 2019.

Many believe Golovkin did enough to win the fight for the second time in a row, only to be denied by the judges again.

In their initial meeting one year ago, Golovkin was robbed. This time around, Canelo was more of a contender for the decision and won the fight by the tightest of margins.

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