Tony Bellew vs Tyson Fury & Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fights are long awaited by boxing fans. When will these bouts take place?
What are the biggest fights to look forward to in 2017?
It's surely Jorge Linares vs. Anthony Crolla on March 25, Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs on March 18 and Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 but many fans believe that the best bouts ever would be Tony Bellew vs Tyson Fury and Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor.
The UFC champion, Conor McGregor, is currently one of the hottest properties in combat sports. He knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the second round to add the lightweight title to his own featherweight belt.
Floyd Mayweather shares the 49-0 record with legendary Rocky Marciano and despite he's 40 years old, he said that he would come back from the retirement only to fight with Conor McGregor. Mayweather retired undefeated in September 2015.
“The only thing I’m probably interested in is the Conor McGregor fight. I’m a businessman, and it makes more business sense.”
Some people think that Mayweather vs McGregor fight is something that should never happen because of the security reasons and the huge difference between the two sports.
Ex-WBC welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya believes that the bout would be "an embarrassment for boxing and mixed martial arts". De La Hoya went further and said: "I just feel that these are two separate sports and you have McGregor who is the best at what he does, and you have Mayweather who is the best at what he does. I don't see this fight taking place, not in a million years.
"Not only are there safety issues, but if McGregor gets in a boxing ring he'll get outclassed easily. McGregor has never fought a boxer ever in his life. It's a whole different sport.
No one knows if the fight will ever come to an end but both champions tease each other over the last eight months and it would seem that both want this fight.
The American wrote on his Twitter account:
"Although there has been several rumours circulating thru media suggesting that I will have an upcoming fight, I'd like to set that record straight and state that there has been no deals made on my behalf in regards to a bout with any fighter at this time. I am happily retired and enjoying my life! Rest assured that if any changes come about, I will be the first to let the world know!"
"Listen, Conor McGregor, if you really want to get this fight done... take care of your business with the UFC and then have your people get in touch with my people."
Another one fight many boxing fans are wishing for is Tony Bellew vs Tyson Fury. It was Tyson Fury who poised the rumours about the fight by heading to Twitter:
“How many of u would like to see Tony Bellew vs the Furious1 at Everton this summer? #THEHAYESLAYER VS #GYPSYKING."
Fury has not fought since he stunned Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015 and he had twice pulled out of a rematch with Klitschko.
Tony Bellew posted the same photo on his own Twitter account and despite he claimed that the retirement is one of the possibilities he could yet have a rematch with David Haye whom he stunned in the eleventh round at London’s O2 Arena at the weekend. The WBC cruiserweight champion admitted that another lucrative offer could change his mind and postpone hanging his gloves up.
This bout will likely never happen as Fury has been stripped of his titles and British Boxing Board of Control (BBofC) licence after he admitted serious mental health problems and going on drug and drink binges (the Sun).
Fury claimed that he would beat the ban by applying for a licence with the Boxing Union of Ireland however BUI insist they would have to take any suspension into account if ever he did apply.