ANTHONY JOSHUA VS. WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
This fight is, without a doubt, the best fight that I have been to live. The massive build up with questions of if Joshua was ready for the highly experienced former world champion? If Klitschko was the same fighter as before?
The atmosphere on the night was incredible with Wembley Stadium packed full of fans. Shivers ran down my spine as the national anthem echoed around the arena.
The fight itself was an incredible one with so many changes in momentum with Joshua seizing the advantage early knocking down Klitschko before the former champion incredibly rallied back and floored the young champion. Joshua did well to survive before gaining his second wind late on and producing a remarkable eleventh round landing a huge uppercut and eventually stopping the Ukrainian.
CARL FROCH VS. GEORGE GROVES 2
This is such a monumental fight for so many reasons. It was the first time in years that such a huge buzz had surrounded British boxing. The casual fan had bought into the event to such an extent that Wembley Stadium was filled in the sort of attraction that had seemed so unlikely even a couple of years before.
The build-up to the fight was huge given the controversy of the first fight, the intense rivalry between the pair and the young contender against the old campaigner created such a good storyline.
The fight itself was a much cagier affair with both men showing more respect for the others skills than the first time around but the atmosphere was incredible and the knockout is quite simply iconic.
The way that Groves was sent falling to the canvas with one leg bent back is now such an iconic piece of footage that it will be replayed time and time again.
ANTHONY JOSHUA VS. DILLIAN WHYTE
This fight was full of bad blood, intense rivalry, and sheer aggression. Whyte had defeated Joshua early on in their amateur careers and this was used to build a big event.
The fight itself started with Joshua firmly in the ascendancy, landing big shots. The 1st round ended with a shot landing after the bell from Joshua and then chaos erupted.
Whyte took exception to the shot and went after Joshua swinging wild punches. The referee almost got cleaned out and either side’s entourages stormed the ring in a scene that looked like something out of a film.
The second round was to prove huge for Whyte as he landed a left hook that clearly wobbled Joshua and had him in a bad way. Whyte injured his shoulder with the punch as was unable to push home his advantage.
Joshua claimed back control and finished the fight with one of the most vicious knockouts seen in recent years.
KEVIN MITCHELL VS JORGE LINARES
As a huge Kevin Mitchell fan, this was a fight that was brilliant yet heartbreaking for me. Mitchell has endured a tough career dogged by out of the ring issues that had at times affected him in the ring.
In his way of finally achieving his dream stood the hugely talented Jorge Linares who has since gone on to prove just how good he is. Mitchell suffered a bad cut in the fourth round due to a clash of heads and knew that time was limited so went on the attack and floored the Venezuelan in the fifth with a short right hand.
The Brit carried on his good work looking as though it was finally the time to seize his opportunity but Linares survived and with Mitchell’s eye now swelling badly Linares took full advantage eventually stopping his man in the tenth with scorecards too close to call.
This had been a hugely competitive fight in which both men thoroughly entertained fans and I left full of excitement.
DAVE RYAN VS. JOHN WAYNE HIBBERT 2
This fight is not one of the mega events like those listed above and is instead an undercard fight but one that well and truly deserves its place on this list.
Both Dave Ryan and John Wayne Hibbert are well known to guarantee entertainment and this particular contest was no different. Hibbert knocked Ryan down in the third and fifth rounds with Ryan returning the favour in the ninth and claiming the stoppage win.
This was an extremely competitive fight between two men hungry to win and this resulted in a third contest between the duo.
Both men gave everything they had on the night in a classic trade fight that left those in attendance with fantastic value for money.