In the past years, boxing fans would have always had huge fights that stand out in their minds and are remembered for a number of reasons. However, 2017 genuinely was a huge year for the sport. It brought to the table everything that lovers of the sport could ever dream of. There were tactical masterclasses, slugfests, shocks and controversy, devastating knockouts and we even saw a UFC star step into the ring against one of the all-time boxing superstars. It’s a year fighters, trainers, promotors, pundits, and fans won’t forget in a hurry, with the hope that 2018 will be even better.

There were some huge moments in boxing over the course of 2017, but the one that really stands out has to be the bout between UFC’s Conor McGregor, in his first professional boxing fight, against all-time great Floyd Mayweather. While it wasn’t the best fight from a technical point of view, it generated the most hype that has ever possibly been seen surrounding a bout. Millions tuned in to see how McGregor would cope with Mayweather, who had been out of action for a couple of years. The reality was, Mayweather still possessed that slickness, and you could say McGregor never really troubled him as the bout ended in the tenth.

The fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will also live in the memory for all the right reasons. Klitschko had dominated the division for years before losing to Tyson Fury in 2015 but had not boxed since. AJ was powering his way through the heavyweight division and it was a sort of changing of the guard moment. The fight swung one way, then another, with both fighters giving their all. Both men hit the canvas but AJ delivered some devastating shots, especially a perfectly timed uppercut and he went on to stop Klitschko in the 11th.

For a pure boxing masterclass, well, that came at the end of the year. Billy Joe Saunders headed out to Canada to take on David Lemieux in his own backyard. Saunders, who recently linked up with trainer Dom Ingle, had nothing to prove and went there as the WBO middleweight champion. He schooled the 29 year old from start to finish, even having time to showboat, cruising to a points victory. It was easily one of the most complete displays seen in the ring for a long time.

You can’t talk about 2017 without mentioning “the draw” between Canelo and Golovkin. Finally, these two special fighters met and a lot of fights get hyped up but leave people disappointed. The only reason this one did was because of a controversial decision. Golovkin certainly appeared to win the fight but in the ring everyone saw real boxing and tactical ability. It was a fight that you literally couldn’t take your eyes off, with both men well capable of delivering a stoppage. It was two exceptional fighters, showing the world just how good they are and also just what a great sport boxing is.

So lets hope that 2018 can at the very least match what we all witnessed in 2017, and even exceed our expectations. Boxing fans will already be expecting history in the making with the unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. This is set the standard for the new year, and all devoted followers will be able to keep abreast of all the latest news and updates on reputable sites like Betting.com; which not only provide superb insight and opinion with regards to boxing, but covers the entire range of sport in near enough every country in the world.