Kell Brook v Amir Khan..and the other fights we want to see in 2016

Kell Brook and admirer - Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins
Kell Brook and admirer - Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins
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With so-called "super" titles and silly interim belts splintering the boxing scene more than ever before at the start of 2016, it is more imperative than ever for fight fans to get the bouts they need in the next 12 months.

Here we take a look at eight of the prospective bouts that British and Irish fans should covet most - and the chances of making them happen.

1 GENNADY GOLOVKIN v SAUL ALVAREZ

Such a list could not exclude flawless, fierce-punching middleweight number one Gennady Golovkin, and his biggest fight out there is a unification showdown against Saul Alvarez. Golovkin's pay-per-view ratings have not yet matched his talent while Alvarez is already at the top level after scoring the best win of his career over Miguel Cotto last month.

CHANCES: Excellent.

OUTCOME: Golovkin pts

2 SERGEY KOVALEV v ADONIS STEVENSON

Signs are that super-middleweight champion Andre Ward could be next up for Kovalev. But given Ward's sporadic recent appearances - not to mention the weight differential - surely a better short-term plan would be for Kovalev to square off against fellow 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson in a lucrative unification bout.

CHANCES: Unlikely.

OUTCOME: Kovalev KO.

3 TYSON FURY v DEONTAY WILDER

Like it or lump it, Fury's shock win over Wladimir Klitschko makes him the number one heavyweight in the world. But he can enhance his claims further by taking on current WBC champion, the hard-hitting Deontay Wilder, in what would be the biggest non-Klitschko world heavyweight title fight in a generation.

CHANCES: Unlikely.

OUTCOME: Wilder pts

4 ANTHONY JOSHUA v DAVID HAYE

Joshua's recent win over Dillian Whyte proved he still has a lot to learn - but can also cut it on the big occasion. Haye will have bigger sights on his horizon as he embarks upon his latest comeback - but if both keep winning the clamour for an end-of-year showdown it might just become impossible to ignore.

CHANCES: Decent.

OUTCOME: Joshua TKO

5 CARL FRAMPTON v SCOTT QUIGG

One of last year's most-wanted, the slow-burning saga of the super-bantamweight unification between Belfast's Frampton and Bury's Quigg is finally on. Their clash in Manchester in February will be a massive occasion for British boxing, after which the victor can truly call himself one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the business.

CHANCES: Guaranteed.

OUTCOME: Frampton pts

6 AMIR KHAN v KELL BROOK

Khan and Brook need each other badly if they are to avoid becoming the forgotten champions of British boxing. Khan's obsession with meeting Floyd Mayweather saw his career lose traction in 2015, while Brook has made just two inconsequential defences of his world title. A prospective summer showdown would thrust both men back to the forefront of their sport.

CHANCES: Reasonable

OUTCOME: Majority draw

7 NICOLA ADAMS v LISA WHITESIDE

You might say Adams has every right to coast into the defence of her Olympic title unchallenged. But that would be harsh on Whiteside, the world silver medallist in Adams' absence, who surely deserves one shot at usurping her rival's domestic dominance before the Great Britain squad is finalised for Rio.

CHANCES: Unlikely

OUTCOME: Adams pts

8 PADDY BARNES v JOAHNYS ARGILAGOS

There would be few finer sights in Rio than Ireland's Barnes finally making it to the top of the podium after two consecutive bronze medals. If he were to do so, the Belfast light-flyweight would likely have to meet and beat Cuba's current world number one Argilagos along the way.

CHANCES: Hopeful.

OUTCOME: Barnes pts