Boxing's biggest fights keep falling through and fans are sick of it

Boxing’s biggest showdowns keep falling through and fans are SICK of it… Fury vs Joshua and Crawford vs Spence are the latest super-fights to be scrapped, but why are the women set for their fourth undisputed title bout THIS YEAR?!

  • Anthony Joshua’s proposed fight with Tyson Fury fell through earlier this month
  • Errol Spence will not be fighting Terence Crawford any time soon either
  • Huge fights in men’s boxing keep falling through, leaving fans frustrated 
  • Meanwhile, women’s boxing has seen Katie Taylor and Claressa Shields shine
  • Women’s boxing is set to have its fourth undisputed fight of the year next month 

A matter of weeks ago, it seemed that 2022 was going to end with a bang in men’s boxing.

A huge heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury was in the works, while Errol Spence and Terence Crawford appeared to be edging closer to agreeing terms for a fight to determine the best welterweight on the planet. 

Yet now as we head towards November, there is very little for boxing fans to get excited about. Talks swiftly broke down between Joshua and Fury, with the latter now set to face Derek Chisora for the third time on December 3, and Joshua is not expected to return until 2023. 

WBC heavyweight champ Tyson Fury will fight Derek Chisora for the third time on December 3

Fury entered into negotiations to fight Anthony Joshua, but talks broke down weeks ago

Meanwhile, Crawford decided he could wait no longer having been out of the ring since November 2021, and he will be fighting David Avanesyan in December.

These are not the only fights to fall by the wayside either, with Chris Eubank Jr’s domestic dust-up against Conor Benn being cancelled at the last minute when the latter tested positive for the banned substance clomifene. It has been an infuriating period for fans.

Luckily, women’s boxing has continued to go from strength to strength this year, with Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano bringing the house down at Madison Square Garden, plus Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall rocking the O2 Arena earlier this month.

Conor Benn had his fight with Chris Eubank Jr cancelled after he failed a drugs test

There is set to be a fourth undisputed fight of 2022 for women’s boxing next month when Britain’s Chantelle Cameron takes on American rival Jessica McCaskill.

Sportsmail looks at the super-fights in men’s boxing that aren’t happening, while reflecting on how women’s boxing is consistently delivering.

Joshua-Fury falls flat 

When Fury called out Joshua in September, fans would have been right to be wary. The pair have entered into negotiations before and it’s gone nowhere. With Joshua coming off the back of successive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, there was no reason to believe things would be any different this time around.

Then Joshua accepted the challenge, and his management team, 258, released a statement claiming they’d agreed to Fury’s terms. All of a sudden, the fight looked to be on.

But just as hopes can quickly soar, they can just as swiftly be crushed. Fury started setting deadlines for Joshua to sign the contract, while it quickly became apparent that communication between the two camps was not exactly going smoothly.

Eddie Hearn blamed Fury’s team for the Joshua fight falling through earlier this month

With this in mind, it wasn’t a major surprise when the fight fell through in early October. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claimed he’d had no response from Fury’s team after sending the initial contract back. 

George Warren, Fury’s chief negotiator, hit back by saying Joshua’s camp never really had interest in the fight and ‘downed tools’ when it came to discussing the details of the proposed clash.

Fury has since moved on to set up a fight with Chisora, who he has comfortably beaten twice before, and there is a real possibility that we will never get to see Joshua and the Gypsy King face each other in the ring.

Contract dispute scuppers Spence-Crawford 

It has been clear for some time that Spence and Crawford are the two premier welterweights in the world. But we still don’t know who’s better out of the two.

Spence beat Yordenis Ugas in April to add the WBA (Super) title to his IBF and WBC belts. Crawford holds the WBO version of the title, so an undisputed fight between the pair seemed the next logical move.

Negotiations were held and talks appeared to be heading in the right direction, until it emerged that Crawford was unhappy with a lack of transparency in the contract.

Terence Crawford has decided to fight David Avanesyan instead of Errol Spence

Spence is now looking for a new opponent, and he has not fought since April

The deal he received reportedly had no guaranteed purse, and his team wanted to know more about the expenses related to the event before proceeding.

As the days passed, fans must have started to get that sinking feeling that this fight was destined not to happen, and sure enough it was recently confirmed that Crawford has decided to go a different route with his career and will instead be fighting David Avaneysan on December 10.

Avanesyan has won his last six fights and could test Crawford, but he is no Spence. This was the time to see that mega-fight, but it has been kicked down the road for now, and with both men having been at welterweight for a number of years, they could move up a division soon and end up going their separate ways for good.

Garcia-Davis negotiations drag on 

There is a lot to like about a potential fight between Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis.

Garcia is a young star with a huge social media following and devastating knockout power, while Davis has associated himself with Floyd Mayweather for much of his career, but is a terrific fighter in his own right and is one of the biggest pound-for-pound punchers in the sport.

Basically, there’s a high chance that a fight between the pair wouldn’t go the distance, but who would get knocked out is anyone’s guess.

Ryan Garcia has grown his popularity in recent years but is still waiting for his first mega-fight

A fight with Gervonta Davis could be on the cards, but negotiations are dragging on

There also seems to be genuine beef between the duo as Garcia claimed Davis grabbed his chain at a nightclub last month.

It was reported earlier this month that Garcia and Davis are in ‘deep talks’ to settle their differences in the ring. Yet things are progressing slowly, with the potential fight date being pushed further and further back.

Fans have already been burnt with Joshua-Fury and Spence-Crawford falling through. Garcia and Davis failing to agree to fight would be a tough blow to take.

The rest of the lightweight division 

The lightweight division currently has Devin Haney holding all four major belts. But is he definitely the best fighter at that weight class? Some may dispute that.

Garcia and Davis are both in the mix, while Vasyl Lomachenko remains a classy operator and Shakur Stevenson is set to move up to the 135lb division after failing to make the super-featherweight limit for his last fight.

Teofimo Lopez also previously ruled the division, and at one stage he, Haney, Garcia and Davis were being dubbed as the next ‘Four Kings’.

Undefeated American Devin Haney currently hold all four major titles in the 135lb division

Haney needs a big fight next, potentially against former champion Vasyl Lomachenko

Yet the original ‘Four Kings’ – Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran and Thomas Hearns did not hesitate to fight each other. There were nine bouts between the four men in total.

We are still waiting for any of Lopez, Haney, Garcia and Davis to fight one another. 

Haney has picked up back-to-back wins against George Kambosos in his own backyard this year, so it would be wrong to be overly-critical of him.

But he needs to fight the very best in the division, and that means going after Lomachenko, Garcia, Davis or Stevenson next. The options are there – it’s time to choose one.

Women’s boxing leading the way 

Although men’s boxing is continuing to disappoint right now, the same cannot be said for the women’s side of the sport.

April’s clash between Taylor and Serrano promised to be a brilliant fight, and it exceeded expectations. Many are still debating who deserved to win, but no one is questioning that it was an all-time classic that will be remembered for years to come.

On the undercard of that fight, Franchon Crews-Dezurn became the undisputed super-middleweight champion by beating Elin Cederroos.

Then there was Shields-Marshall. Having been postponed following the Queen’s passing, the two rivals made sure that the wait was worth it as they went toe-to-toe for 10 rounds, with Shields emerging victorious.

Katie Taylor beat Amanda Serrano in an excellent fight at Madison Square Garden

Clareessa Shields got past Savannah Marshall in another high-class fight earlier this month

Next up is Cameron’s clash with McCaskill on November 5 to crown the best fighter in the super-lightweight division.

The victor could already have their next fight lined up as Taylor has expressed an interest in stepping up a division to challenge for all four 140lb titles.

Speaking exclusively to Sportsmail, Taylor, who is back in action herself on Saturday against Karen Carabajal, said she wants the winner, and has praised her fellow female boxers for consistently taking risks and challenging themselves.  

‘That’s definitely a potential opponent [Cameron or McCaskill], so that’s definitely a fight I’ll be watching. It’s a great fight, another undisputed title on the line,’ Taylor said.

A future clash between Chantelle Cameron (above) and Taylor could be another super-fight

‘These are just incredible fights – I love the fact that in women’s boxing the best are genuinely willing to fight the best.

‘We are willing to take these risks, and that’s why the sport has elevated so much in these last few years. We’re seeing the best vs the best on a consistent basis.’

The best fighting the best, isn’t that what we all want? Women’s boxing has shown that it can be done. Now it’s time for the men to follow their lead. 

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