PULLING NO PUNCHES: Let's get it on: The fights we all want to see over the next 12 months

Mail online29th May, 2009

There are some potential classic British fights that simply don't happen because the politics of the sport get in the way. Too many people in British boxing just don't get on and as a result the 'big' fights don't get made.

And while differences between boxers and promoters can be set aside, television deals cannot. One promoter has struck a deal with one broadcaster, while the opposition is signed up with another.

As ever, it's the fans who miss out, which is a shame because there are some cracking fights waiting for the green light. Here are three that have to be made in the next 12 months...

Matt Macklin vs Darren Barker

British middleweight champion vs. Commonwealth middleweight champion.

This fight will happen. The UK's top two middleweights will go head to head at some point in the next six months. Both boast impressive records. Macklin has 24 wins and two defeats, while Barker remains undefeated with a perfect record of 20 wins.

Darren Barker's impressive defeat of Darren McDermott inside the fourth round last Saturday was enough to fire the 27-year old into a mandatory position.

The prospect of becoming the nation's number one middleweight excites Barker. He described the bout as the one that 'fight fans wanted to see'. He is adamant that the contest will go ahead, insisting that Macklin must 'defend his title against a mandatory opponent by September'.

Barker has his heart set on winning Macklin's British title, claiming 'it would be a dream come true. For me to win the British title is bigger than any world title at the minute'.

Tyson Fury vs Derek Chisora

Britain's next generation of heavyweights. Both undefeated. Both full of self confidence. These two slugging it out would have it all.

Tyson Fury has called out more boxers than he's fought as a professional. His latest claim that he could knock out Samuel Peter is the latest in a long line of outrageous statements, which include saying David Haye would amount to nothing at heavyweight.

But Fury is a rare breed, in that he may actually be as good as he says he is. And Darren Barker certainly thinks he is. Fury beat Northern Ireland's Scott Belshaw in the second round on the undercard of Barker's defeat of McDermott.

'He's got quick hands and he mixes it to the head and body really well. He can back up his talking,' said Barker.

If the rumours are to be believed, Fury's promoters have already tabled an offer to make the Chisora fight.

Whether or not it will happen, though, remains to be seen. In recent weeks, Chisora has said that Fury is at the 'the bottom of the food chain', and lets not forget that Chisora has already lined up a shot at British heavyweight champion Danny Williams, although a date has yet to be confirmed.

Junior Witter vs Amir Khan

Whether or not this fight comes off depends on whether Amir Khan can defeat reigning WBA light-welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik; and if Junior Witter can beat Devon Alexander and regain the WBC title he once held.

Bolton-born Khan has seen a remarkable reversal in fortunes since he suffered a 54 second knock out at the hands of Breidis Prescott in September of last year. His win over boxing legend and future hall of famer Marco Antonio Barrera earnt him a shot against Kotelnik.

But Witter has made it abundantly clear that he will not take the Khan fight unless Khan is crowned champion. 'Realistically, he is not on my radar' said the 35-year old. 'If he wins a world title, then he is on my radar'.

If both Khan and Witter win their title bouts and the fight goes ahead the winner would unify the divisions. And that raises the possibility of a clash with Manchester's favourite son Ricky Hatton, if the Hitman defies public opinion and continues boxing.

Looking ahead, the domestic light-welterweight division could produce some exciting ties over the coming year. Witter vs Khan, Khan vs Hatton, Hatton vs Witter - although that one will never happen.

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