Ok, so the Scott Quigg vs. Carl Frampton match-up did not sizzle until the last few rounds, but at least this unification happened. The UK is on fire, and it should continue. However, I'd like to see the British belt count lessened through the best way possible for the fans... unifications. I know it's an ugly word for sanctioning bodies, but they invent enough interim, silver, etc belts to keep making money. These fights all make sense, and I hope we see them soon. In most cases, as well, they crown/defend a Ring magazine championship.
Jamie McDonnell vs. Lee Haskins (WBA/IBF bantamweight)
The two Brits have history. One of McDonnell's two losses is to Haskins, much earlier in both men's careers. They also have a chance of getting Rigo in the ring (the Cuban is closer to dropping in weight than rising, as he has always stated), now that he has a UK Visa. After testing himself and getting two close decisions in Texas on USA-TV, this would seem like a lesser risk, a chance to unify, and avenge a loss. It makes too much sense. Haskins is also getting long in the tooth for a UK lighter weight fighter. Now is the time to strike. Pick: McDonnell by UD.
Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua (WBO/IBF/WBO heavyweight)
I know this matchup is assuming a lot of things... that Joshua will be moved fast enough to challenge Fury before the unpredictable Tyson loses the linear title; that Joshua beats Breazeale, and that Fury beats Klitschko. because of many international and domestic options, it is unlikely that we will see this one at all, much less within a year. I think it would be massive as Brits tend to forgive losses more than we do, so the risk is not rally a risk. Both men have already overachieved many expectations, and proven their ability to entertain (albeit in different ways) whether they win or lose. Pick: Joshua by mid rounds TKO, maybe while behind on points.
Anthony Crolla vs. Terry Flanagan (WBO/WBA lightweight)
I have discussed this one before, but it's asinine that this would not be happening now. Crolla is a vulnerable, but streaking champion, with an inspiring back-story. He could also lose the belt at any point, and is the one calling Flanagan out. Flanagan can collect another belt, in a huge hometown scrap (they are not only both from the same town... they are both from the same school!). Other than promoter ego, I cannot see a reason why this would not happen, but that does not make me confident. Pick: Flanagan by UD.