WITH THE NEW FIGHT YEAR underway this weekend, boxing writer Glynn Evans got some leading lights within the BoxNation family to fantasize about a dream fight that they'd like to be involved with this year.
Tyson Fury (heavyweight): Rocky Balboa at Madison Square Garden! I might win that one on cuts. Then again, he did lick Ivan Drago so he'd probably lick me.
So I'll stay on the glory train for Wladimir Klitschko. Let's see if we can force that fight for this year. I'll fight him as soon as terms can be agreed. I could go other routes but I fight for money and there's the most money for me in that fight.
Liam Walsh (super-featherweight): It'd have to be 'Mikey' Garcia for the WBO Super-Featherweight title, preferably at Carrow Road (home of Norwich City FC). The 'Farmy Army' deserves a huge fight on home turf.
Garcia is the best fighter around at either super-feather or lightweight and it would be an honour to share a ring with him, even though it'd probably be a very painful night for me!
I'd put all my effort into winning and I'd be confident, as always. I'd love to win a Lonsdale (Belt) outright but I've served my apprenticeship now so perhaps it's time to gamble.
Mitchell Smith (featherweight): I'm moving down to featherweight this year and by the end of 2015 a sensible fight for me would be against someone like Joel Brunker, the Australian who got stopped by Lee Selby over here.
He's a decent fighter, highly rated, but he'd not trouble my style of boxing. I'm confident I could do a job on him. It's time for me to step up and a win over someone like him would put me in a good position to challenge for a world title in 2016.
Bradley Skeete (welterweight): It'd have to be a rematch with Frankie Gavin, especially if there was a big title on the line. I proved a lot of people wrong with my strong performance against him in our first fight last November.
I don't want to 'diss' Frankie - there's big respect there - but the fight has to happen again and I know how I've got to improve. Last time I landed the cleaner punches, just not enough of them!
Paul Butler (super-flyweight): I'll go with Naoya Inoue, the unbeaten Japanese fighter who recently knocked out Omar Narvaez in two rounds to win the WBO title. He's the name on everybody's lips at the minute so beating him emphatically would establish me as 'top dog' in the division.
I'm confident I could take him. He's only 5ft 4(in) so I'm confident I'd be a lot bigger and stronger than him. I'd also be chucking shots back at him, unlike Narvaez who, at 39, was clearly coming to the end of his career.
I'd not like to travel to Japan but it wouldn't have to be in Britain. After my first amateur loss, aged 11, in New York, I cried my eyes out but (ex-WBC Featherweight king) Juan Laporte was ringside and told me I had the feet and eyes to be a world champion, so I'd love to fight at Madison Square Garden with him present!
Jazza Dickens (super-bantamweight): All rising fighters want to challenge for a world title but, at this stage of my career - and providing I win the vacant British title against Josh Wale on March 6 - I'd like a fight with Lewis Pettitt.
Liverpool against London always sells and people are already talking it up. Boxing is the entertainment business so it's important that we give the fans the fights that they want to see. That'd boost my profile.
Frank Buglioni (super-middleweight): I really want Lee Markham. We boxed twice in the amateurs. I won both clearly but the second time they gifted him the decision.
He, and particularly his promoter, have been calling me out and talking about a ??30,000 side bet. I'd be very happy to take both the fight and the bet.
They make a lot of noise whenever I've got a match made, but go strangely quiet when I haven't!
I think we've called their bluff but if they want to step up sometime over the first six months of this year, I'll be more than happy to shut 'em up.
Frankie Gavin (welterweight): I'd love a go at either Mayweather or Pacquiao but that's probably a bit unrealistic this year so I'll opt for Kell Brook as he holds the IBF title. I'm ranked sixth for the IBF title already so could possibly force it by the end of the year. I'd be confident. On my day, I'm capable of giving anyone in the world trouble.
Billy Joe Saunders (middleweight): I'm really looking forward to my mandatory challenge to (WBO champion) Andy Lee, but if I could fight anyone between now and the end of the year it'd be Miguel Cotto for his WBC title.
He's a really big name but very beatable in my opinion and a fight against him would be very good for my profile. There's nothing better than fighting in front of your own fans so ideally Frank Warren can make it happen over here.
Lewis Pettitt (super-bantamweight): Let's go for the winner of Jazza Dickens and Josh Wale. Though I'm world rated by the WBA, the Lonsdale Belt is the title every British boxer wants to win and I feel I'm definitely ready for that level.
Before getting unleashed at world level, I believe you need the experience of hard domestic title fights.
Hopefully, that fight would take place in London because I sell a lot more tickets than either of those.
Liam Smith (light-middleweight): (IBF king) Cornelius Bundrage. I'd go anywhere to face him. In fact, I'd rather travel to the States. There's no greater achievement than winning a world title overseas.
I've always said I've got the right style to beat 'K9' and, at 41, he ain't going to get any better. He's very tough physically but toughness will only get you so far. I'm very confident in my own toughness and I'm far better ability-wise.
Andy Lee (WBO Middleweight champion): I'll go with Billy Joe Saunders. They're talking about Thomond Park, the home of Limerick rugby in the summer. It holds 30,000 for rugby so, using the pitch, could hold even more for a fight.
That would be a massive event. There's no personal issues between Billy Joe and myself but it'll stoke up the old Irish-English rivalry, no doubt.
We both know the best man on the night will win. We'll punch holes in one another then shake hands afterwards.
Thomas Stalker (light-welterweight): Put me down for a rematch with Jack Catterall who stopped me in October. I make no excuses. I got beat by the better man on the night but whenever I suffer a loss, I always like a chance to put things right. The loss still haunts me. If we were to fight again in the future, I'd just try a few different things and hopefully they'd bring a different outcome.
Terry Flanagan (lightweight): If I can get through my WBO eliminator against Stephen Ormond in Wolverhampton next month - and I'm confident that I will - I'd love to fight Juan Diaz for the vacant title in Manchester. We've heard there's a strong possibility that (current champion) Terence Crawford will vacate so there's a strong possibility of it happening if I can beat Ormond.
'Baby Bull' (Diaz) is already mandatory and has had some good wins since returning from a three year layoff, but he'll never be what he was before Juan Manuel Marquez wasted him. I definitely think I could beat him.
Matty Askin (cruiserweight): (WBO boss)
Marco Huck at Blackpool football ground. They can't sell any
tickets there for the football!
Huck is a very good champion but he can be lazy; only fights the last minute of each round. I'd knock him out (laughs!). I know he never leaves Germany but sometimes dreams do come true!
Jack Catterall (light-welterweight): By the end of this year, I think I'll be ready for world level so I'd like to fight a top established contender or former champion like (ex-WBO boss) Chris Algieri, either here or over in the USA. A win in that kind of fight would have me perfectly placed for a world title challenge early in 2016.
Kevin Satchell (flyweight): Now that I've got the European title, I'll be looking to push on to a world title fight before the year is through. I never look past my next opponent (he defends against Belfast's Luke Wilton in Liverpool on March 6) but I know my trainers have had their eye on Juan Carlos Reveco, the WBA champion from Argentina. I'd love a crack at him on a huge title bill at Anfield!
Liam Williams (Commonwealth Light-Middleweight champion): A showdown with Liam Smith for the British title is the fight that the fans apparently want to see and I'm certainly not running scared of it. I really want to be British champion and he's the guy holding the belt so let's do it.
I believe I'm ready now but the later in the year it happens, the better my chances will be. I'm improving faster than he is.