The UK’s Top 10 Fights of 2015

2015 has been a mixed year in British boxing. Several of the biggest possible PPV events have not transpired – Frampton vs. Quigg; Khan vs. Brook and for reasons entirely disparate DeGale vs. Groves 2 or Froch vs. Anybody. Anthony Joshua’s rise has continued apace & Tyson Fury upset both the boxing world & the world in general in one act of sporting greatness & one of moralistic vulgarity that will forever be linked to his legacy within wider society. Eddie Hearn has continued his utter dominance of the domestic landscape with his nearest competitor in many ways now, oddly, being his quasi-partner Al Haymon who has signed up a succession of elite British talent in Carl Frampton, James DeGale & Lee Selby.

2016 brings with it much optimism as the aforementioned Frampton vs. Quigg has, after a solid 2 to 3 years of frustrating negotiation ala Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, been agreed. The two super bantamweights are, though, still within the limits of their primes & the event promises to showcase a meaningful domestic super fight of the era.

I have had the privilege of seeing several of the best fights of 2015 in a British ring from ringside & submit my listing of the ten best as follows:

  1. Dave Ryan vs. John Wayne Hibbert 2
  2. Jorge Linares vs. Kevin Mitchell
  3. Matthew Macklin vs. Jason Welborn
  4. John Ryder vs. Nick Blackwell
  5. Scott Cardle vs. Sean Dodd
  6. John Wayne Hibbert vs. Tyler Goodjohn
  7. Sam Eggington vs. Dale Evans
  8. Luke Campbell vs. Tommy Coyle
  9. Bradley Saunders vs. Renald Garrido
  10. Tommy Martin vs. Ricky Boylan
Dave Ryan vs. John Wayne Hibbert 2

Dave Ryan vs. John Wayne Hibbert 2 was a classic seesaw battle between warriors. Photo Courtesy of Matchroom Boxing.