Top Five Boxing Matches For 2018

2017 was a resurrection year for the sport of boxing.

We saw Floyd Mayweather Jr. come out of retirement to knockout UFC superstar Conor McGregor.  We saw the two best middleweights in the world Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez fight to a controversial draw, and we saw pound for pound king Andre Ward knockout Sergey Kovalev and what would be Ward’s final fight.

With boxing getting back in the mainstream again, can 2018 be the year it successfully defends itself as the premier combat sport?

Here is a list of some boxing mega fights that could happen in 2018.

Anthony Joshua Vs Deontay Wilder

For the first time in years, there’s excitement in the heavyweight division, and the reason for it is because of undefeated WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) and undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs).

Canelo Alvarez Vs Gennady Golovkin Part 2

Unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) fought to an entertaining but disputed draw in September.

The good thing is the rematch is close to being signed for Cinco de Mayo weekend and we’ll finally find out who the best middleweight in the world is.

Vasyl Lomachenko Vs Mikey Garica

WBO junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) and WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) are on everybody’s top 10 pound-for-pound list. These two are long overdue for a one on one matchup.

They’re both coming off the most impressive wins of their careers and seemed destined for a showdown. Garcia is scheduled to fight Sergey Lipinets in February for the IBF junior welterweight championship, but a fight between Lomachenko and Garcia could happen later in the year if they can agree on which weight to fight at.

Keith Thurman vs. Errol Spence Jr.

Thurman (WBA and WBC champion) has inherited the title of unofficial king of the welterweights after Floyd Mayweather Jr’s retirement. However, many with respected opinions will tell you that Spence (IBF champion) is the best fighter currently competing in the weight class.

The talk of a Thurman-Spence fight has already begun, but Thurman believes the banter needs to continue for a while longer to allow the bout to become a bigger, more anticipated event. There is too much money to be made for this fight not to happen.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs Anybody

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0, 27 KOs) ended his 23-month retirement in August to knockout UFC star Conor McGregor. The fight generated over four million Pay Per View buys proving once again that Pretty Boy Floyd is still by far the biggest name in combat sports.

After the McGregor fight, he’s said he’s retired but we’ve heard him say that numerous times before. If he decides to come out of retirement again it will be the most watched fight in 2018 regardless of who the opponent is.

 

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Emmanuel Macron’s new year’s speech: ‘France can’t succeed without a strong Europe’

French president promises to listen to dissenting voices but appeals to Europeans not to give in to ‘nationalists and sceptics’

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, appealed to European citizens “not to give in to nationalists and sceptics”, as he used his new year’s speech to promise to make the European Union “more united, more sovereign and more democratic”.

Macron said in a televised address: “I deeply believe Europe can become that economic, social, environmentally-friendly, scientific power that will be able to face China and the United States.” He added: “Europe is good for France. France can’t succeed without a strong Europe.”

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Run, Joe, Run? Donald Trump Would Lose ‘Overwhelmingly’ To Joe Biden In 2020

Ready for 2020 yet?!

Neither are we, but politicians are definitely thinking about it — and according to one powerful Democrat, it sure sounds like Joe Biden may be the man of choice to run against Donald Trump in the next race for President!

Really?! Don’t get us wrong — Biden is great, and goodness knows he’s WAY better than The Donald, but are we really picking between two 70-something year old white men???

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According to former Pennsylvania governor and DNC chair Ed Rendell, Biden isn’t just one of the options, he is “a superstar.”

Speaking on a New York radio show interview today, Rendell said (below):

“To me it’s clear-cut: Joe Biden is our superstar. If he decides to run I think he will win overwhelmingly … Of course, people say [Biden's] too old. But he’s only a year and a half older than President Trump, and he’s in infinitely better shape. I don’t think age would be a factor in a Biden-Trump election.”

Hmmm… That would sure be… something!!! (FWIW, polls indicated Biden would CRUSH Trump…)

Again, don’t get us wrong: we’d love Joe Biden as President. We would’ve loved Hillary Clinton as President though, too. But just because Biden is around doesn’t necessarily mean he’s the best pick… maybe just a safe one?

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The Democrats need a leader — preferably a slightly younger one, and perhaps a woman or a person of color. Maybe everyone could vote for Kris Jenner again???

The Republicans already have a leader, and he’s one of the worst of all time.

Oh yeah… 2020 is gonna be fascinating…

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‘What a year it’s been': Trump lauds major feats of 2017 in end-of-year video

The nomination of Neil Gorsuch, the Hurricane Harvey response, jobs figures and his recent tax cut – just some of what Trump sees as his biggest accomplishments

Donald Trump has posted a video summarising his first year in office, which gives an insight into what the president sees as his biggest accomplishments as 2018 begins.

Beginning with martial drums and numerous shots of the Marine One helicopter, and US soldiers keeping watch over the president, the three-and-a-half-minute clip focuses first on Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court – one of his best decisions in the eyes of conservatives, but a move viewed much more nervously by liberals.

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On the Charts: Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Returns to Number One

Taylor Swift‘s Reputation returned to Number One on the Billboard 200 as last-minute Christmas shopping propelled the year’s top-selling album back into the top spot.

Reputation added 107,000 total copies to its platinum-plus haul to spend a fourth week at Number One. Swift’s latest LP opened up with three straight weeks atop the album charts before hovering at Numbers Two and Three for the past three weeks, Billboard reports.

Ed Sheeran’s Divide jumped two spots to Number Two and 92,000 copies, with the album’s sales aided in part by Sheeran’s three-week Hot 100 reign for the single “Perfect.”

Huncho Jack, a collaboration between Travis Scott and Migos’ Quavo, and their new LP Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho was the lone new release to crack the Top 10. The album sold 90,000 total copies in its debut week, although 70,000 of the total came from streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack also entered the Top 10 following the musical film’s release, with the album jumping from Number 63 last week up to Number Five after the movie hit theaters.

Eminem’s Revival dropped from Number One to Number Four in its second week on the Billboard 200. The rest of the Top 10 were all returning albums with Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas at Number Six, Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All at Number Seven, G-Eazy’s The Beautiful & Damned at Number Eight, Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. at Number Nine and Post Malone’s Stoney at Number 10.

The first Top 10 of 2018 should remain largely unchanged as no major new releases arrived during the last sales week of 2017.

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Colorado police officer shot dead and four others wounded in ‘ambush-style attack’

  • Man fired more than 100 rounds at officers responding to disturbance
  • Suspect, who has not been named, shot and killed

A man fired more than 100 rounds at sheriff’s deputies early on Sunday, killing one and injuring four others, before being fatally shot himself in what authorities called an ambush. Two civilians were also injured.

Sheriff Tony Spurlock of Douglas County said the shooting occurred at a home at the Copper Canyon Apartments, a landscaped complex in Highlands Ranch, 16 miles (28km) south of Denver.

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Barack Obama Names Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, U2 to 2017 Favorite Songs List

Barack Obama continued his annual tradition of naming his favorite songs of 2017, with the former president listing tracks by Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, U2 and Bruce Springsteen among his picks.

“During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists,” Obama wrote on his Facebook page Sunday. “It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world. With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most.”

Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” Jay-Z’s “Family Feud” (which recently received an all-star video), U2’s Songs of Experience deluxe edition cut “Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)” and Frank Ocean’s “Chanel” were among Obama’s picks.

The diverse list also included Obama’s surprising pop favorites (Harry Styles’ 50 Best Songs of 2017-topping “Sign of the Times,” Camila Cabello’s “Havana”), hip-hop songs (Travis Scott’s “Butterfly Effect,” Chance the Rapper’s “First World Problems”), indie rock cuts (The National’s “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still”), soul songs (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ “Matter of Time,” Mavis Staples’ “Little Bit”) and even country tracks (Chris Stapleton’s “Millionaire”).

Obama closed out his list by giving props to 2017’s breakout R&B singer SZA and her song “Broken Clocks” as well as the Broadway rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” with Obama adding, “[it's] not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!”

Check out Obama’s entire list of his favorite 2017 songs below:

My favorite songs of 2017:
Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William
Havana by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)
Blessed by Daniel Caesar
The Joke by Brandi Carlile
First World Problems by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)
Rise Up by Andra Day
Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
Family Feud by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
Humble by Kendrick Lamar
La Dame et Ses Valises by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka)
Unforgettable by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee)
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness by The National
Chanel by Frank Ocean
Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott
Matter of Time by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Little Bit by Mavis Staples
Millionaire by Chris Stapleton
Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
Broken Clocks by SZA
Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix) by U2
*Bonus: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)

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