The following is a guest post by Adam Rothstein.
Boxing fans around the world have their favorite fighters, their favorite weight divisions, and even some well thought-out thoughts on who they would like to see in a dream match up. From the heavyweight division to bantam weights, there are a ton of highly skilled fighters who could easily carry a card for big profits through ticket sales and pay per view purchases. Below are three of the biggest boxing matches that fans have been clamoring to see. Hopefully, the will of the fans will be fulfilled sometime in 2013.
Magomed Abdusalamov vs. Deontay Wilder
These two up and coming heavyweight contenders are natural adversaries. Both fighters have dominated early on in their professional careers, each with multiple knockouts and early technical knockouts on their records. Wilder is not built like a typical heavyweight fighter, and is extremely thin for a man his size (6'7"). Questions have risen about whether he can withstand a brutal body attack because his frame is so narrow. His legs aren't built much better, and he has yet to truly face a heavyweight with big punching power like that of Abdusalamov.
Abdusalamov is one of the biggest punchers in the heavyweight division today - he launches absolute missiles every time he hits someone. Experts question his footwork, and a dream fight between him and Wilder could expose his lack of technique, and show him for the pure brawler he is. This fight would make for excellent television, where one blow or technical slip-up from Abdusalamov could end the bout.
Tyson Fury vs. Seth Mitchell
If this fight were ever to occur, it could set the stage to be the first in a series of bouts between the two fighters. Fury is a British/Irish fighter who is quickly gaining steam as a legitimate heavyweight championship caliber fighter.
Fury protects his body well, and any fighter attempting to attack the inside would find it difficult. What he lacks in athletic ability and quickness, he more than makes up for in tenacity and aggressiveness.
Mitchell is a former linebacker at Michigan State. One of the most athletically gifted heavyweight fighters of the past 25 years, Mitchell uses a combination of explosiveness and power to work his way to the inside of an opponent, and quickly wear them down with multiple body combos. He has taken his war mentality from the gridiron and has applied it to every step of his development as a professional fighter. Those around the game say his level of intelligence and ability to pick up new skills quickly make him the best American heavyweight contender since Mike Tyson.
Both men are considered legit, and the only question is whether they'd be willing to agree to a fight without a title and/or a guaranteed big pay day on the line.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao
The fight that millions of fans have been waiting for will unfortunately likely never happen. In past years, the fighters simply couldn't agree on financially terms, and some even wondered aloud if Pretty Boy Floyd was ducking the Pac Man to preserve his undefeated legacy. Time and circumstance has changed the situation for both fighters.
Mayweather's fighting rights belong to Showtime, while Pacquiao is signed to HBO. That in and of itself would prevent the two from squaring off. Mayweather has a handful of fights scheduled to take him into October of 2015, when he intends to retire, undefeated. Pacquiao has lost back to back bouts, diminishing the luster that the possible matchup used to offer. For the two to fight now, a miracle would have to occur, but a guy can dream, can't he?
Adam Rothstein is a big sports fan who appreciates nothing more than a matchup with hype. Sometimes, he even straps on his gloves and pretends he's in the ring when he smacks around his punching bags. Even when not watching sports, Adam works for Ringside, a leader in the boxing equipment industry.