Floyd Mayweather’s much anticipated bout against Manny Pacquiao is reportedly edging closer to reality, while Wladimir Klitschko is overdue a challenge in the heavyweight division.
Here Press Association Sport looks at the top eight fights Great Britain and the boxing world wants to see in 2015 - including a forecast for Amir Khan v Kell Brook that people in Sheffield won’t like!
1 WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO v DEONTAY WILDER
Big-hitting American Wilder probably has the last chance of posing a challenge to Klitschko before the big Ukrainian hangs up his gloves. Wilder has won all 32 of his professional bouts by stoppage and would certainly stand as good a chance as anyone. Victory over Bermane Stiverne for the WBC title later this month will do his chances of a crack at Klitschko no harm at all.
Prediction: Klitschko KO
2 LUKE CAMPBELL v TOMMY COYLE
Best mates Campbell and Coyle are set for an epic clash in their home city of Hull this summer. Olympic gold medallist Campbell has been eased into the professional ranks, while Coyle has won wars against Daniel Brizuela and Michael Katsidis. A huge crowd is expected for what should be an all-action showdown.
Chances: Almost certain
Prediction: Campbell KO
3 CARL FRAMPTON v SCOTT QUIGG
Frampton won the IBF super-bantamweight title in September with a points win over Kiko Martinez and a unification against Bury’s WBA champion Scott Quigg would be big news in his native Belfast. Despite four successful defences, Quigg is yet to truly step out of the shadows and a well-matched clash with Frampton would fit the bill.
Prediction: Frampton on points
4 ADONIS STEVENSON v SERGEY KOVALEV
The world’s two standout light-heavyweights would summon one of the undoubted super-fights of 2015 if they could be convinced to share a ring together. Kovalev appears most likely to keep his side of the bargain so it remains to be seen whether brash Canadian Stevenson is prepared to step up to the plate.
Prediction: Kovalev KO
5 NICOLA ADAMS v LISA WHITESIDE
Gone are the days when Adams could consider herself a shoo-in for the 51kg slot on the Great Britain team. Compatriot Lisa Whiteside took advantage of Adams’ recent injury to claim world silver in 2014 and continue to enhance her claims for a high-profile box-off ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Prediction: Adams on points
6 FLOYD MAYWEATHER v MANNY PACQUIAO
It is fair to say the moment has almost passed, but Mayweather is beginning to show some belated interest in penning a not-quite-as-super-as-it-once-was scrap against rejuvenated Filipino Pacquiao. Do not hold your breath - but there is now a glimmer of hope that one of the biggest grossing fights in history will be set for the summer.
Prediction: Mayweather on points
7 AMIR KHAN v KELL BROOK
His career having stalled in the elusive hunt for Mayweather, Khan would do better turning to the domestic challenge of IBF champion Brook, in a fight which would surely achieve stadium proportions. The pair are well-matched and a well-planned build-up could create an occasion to rival Carl Froch’s Wembley clash with George Groves last May.
Prediction: Khan on points
8 ANTHONY JOSHUA v DAVID PRICE
Joshua is ready for bigger tests in 2015 after a fantastic start in the professional ranks, and a showdown with Beijing Olympian Price would fit the bill. Price, slowly resurrecting his career after consecutive losses to Tony Thompson, would bring plenty of danger but Joshua looks to be on a fast-track to bigger things.
Chances: Not bad
Prediction: Joshua KO