It’s fair to say Anthony Joshua has brought back excitement to the heavyweight division over the last twelve to eighteen months. There hasn’t been a buzz this big at that weight since the days of Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis but 2017 was only the beginning of the revival.
With Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker in the pipeline for the end of March, Deontay Wilder eyeing up the victor and one Tyson Fury making his comeback it’s certainly exciting at World title level but who are the ones to watch in 2018?
Cousin of controversial Tyson, Hughie has already had a shot at a World title narrowly missing out on a points loss to Kiwi Parker. Still only 23 Fury still has his prime years to come, 2018 will be pivotal in his career as we are yet to see how he bounces back from his first loss.
A latecomer to the paid ranks The Juggernaut is looking to be fast tracked to title level and if successful could well end up with a World ranking in 12 months time.
Sparring partner to all four active Brits I’ve mentioned in this article, Bakole can certainly hold his own in the squared circle. Under the tutelage of Billy Nelson, progression has been rapid for Bakole who bagged the IBO continental title and a promotional contract with Cyclone Promotions.
A name you may not be overly familiar with however I guarantee he will be a household name by the end of 2018. The Olympic bronze medalist will feature on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk vs Mairis Bredis fighting the outspoken Tom Little in what is considered a step up in only his third fight.
Gradually distancing himself away from being known as Bartley Gorman’s great-nephew to being known as the Frank Warren prospect, Nathan is working his way up the World rankings already after just ten fights. Nathan himself admits he could well be on a collision course with another one of Warren’s prospects…
After an explosion on to the scene ‘Dynamite’ has racked up a series of KO’s and the future looks promising for this young man. Comparisons to Frank Bruno and Anthony Joshua already show the attributes Dubois contain, with the Frank Warren and BT sport platform Daniel has everything he needs to flourish.
2018 certainly promises to be the year of the heavies and it will be interesting to see if any of these do step in squared circle with each other.
Written by James Lupton.