When you look back at the end of the year, there will be so many great moments in 2018 as over the last nine months, the best in each division have taken each other on to give us some thrilling contests. Fortunately, there is still so much more to come before the year is out. Here are the three best fights left in 2018.
Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew
Oleksandr Usyk has dominated the cruiserweight division over the last three years and after success in the World Boxing Series where he won the Mohammed Ali Trophy, he is now the holder of the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles. The man from Ukraine is set to take on Tony Bellew in November, which is a fascinating contest as the British boxer has had success in the heavyweight division over the last 12 months, with two victories coming over David Haye. Bellew is also a former cruiserweight world champion himself so this is a good test for Usyk, who is unbeaten since turning a professional in 2013.
Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua is well on course for the becoming the first man since Lennox Lewis to unify the heavyweight division but in order to do so, he must come through a really tough test against Alexander Povetkin in front of a huge crowd expected to be in the region of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium in London. Joshua has the power to put down anyone in this division but it will be really interesting to see how he does against the Russian who is a real tough opponent. Joshua is the -900 favourite in the heavyweight betting at William Hill so he is expected to win but it is unlikely to be an easy night for him. If the British boxer does come through it, he could face the winner of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in 2019.
Vasyl Lomachenko v Jose Pedraza
Vasyl Lomachenko is the current number one pound-for-pound boxer on the planet and the Olympic gold medallist from Ukraine does not do boring fights. Lomachenko is a real fans’ favorite and one of the reasons the boxing world has taken a shine to him is that he does not avoid any opponents. The three-weight division world champion has faced Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares in his last fights; two men many people have run away from in this division.
The fight against Pedraza takes place in New York in December in what is sure to be a sold-out event at the Hulu Theatre. Lomachenko will be defending his WBA lightweight title, while Pedraza will put the WBO version of the crown on the line. The Puerto Rican has suffered just one defeat in his professional career so far and that came against Gervonta Davis when he was stunned by the American in the seventh round of their contest last year. Since then he has had three wins, with the pick of the victories being his success against Ray Beltran. Lomo is the favorite to win this one but Pedraza will be no pushover.