There's a little known fact in the boxing world, and that is that we have a boxing "season". In reality the season generally runs all year round but technically the beginning of the season is seen as August and the end in July. We have sometimes in the past gone a week or two with any noticeable cards at the end of July/beginning of August.
So with that little nugget of wisdom passed onto you all, here are my top 10 domestic dust ups I would like to see next season.
Charlie Edwards vs Andrew Selby
I interviewed Edwards back in April and he said that the fight with Andrew Selby was "inevitable" and it was just a matter of time. So why not now while both their flames are burning bright? Many of you will know that Edwards withdrew from his mandatory position to face Selby for the Flyweight British title and instead stepped up a weight division and won the Lonsdale belt there. So this fight might not happen any time soon with Selby on course for a flyweight world title and Edwards cementing himself at Super-Fly, but here's to hoping.
Josh Taylor vs Tyrone Nurse/ Jack Catterall
Taylor proved that he was more than ready to mix it with the best domestically when he destroyed Ohara Davies in his last outing. Nurse and Catterall face off in October which is plenty of time for Taylor to fight again before taking on another huge domestic showdown. The eventual winner of this scenario would definitely be ready to step up to world level and challenge for what could be vacant world titles if Crawford does step up and face one of the big names at Welterweight soon.
Darryll Williams vs Rocky Fielding
There's a bit of bias with this one as not only is Darryll a Hellraiser fighter, he's also a member of #TeamSouthpawJab. Darryll has proved his title credentials with his two hard fought victories over Jahmaine Smyle and we'd definitely like to see Darryll go on and fight for the British title this coming season. You might as well throw the recently crowned new Commonwealth champion David Brophy in there as well. I'd be happy with any fight between these three, but I'll always favour seeing Darryll in with either.
Joe Joyce vs Daniel Dubois
Now I know Joe Joyce hasn't even made his professional debut yet but how would a fight between our Olympic silver medalist and the dangerous Daniel Dubois sound? IF this fight is to happen I doubt it'll be at the beginning of the season, but it would be a brilliant fight to watch and definitely one where the loser will still go on to great things.
Buglioni vs Yarde
Out of all the fights I've listed so far, this has the most potential of happening sooner rather than later. British Champion Buglioni has expressed a desire to defend against Yarde and the BBBofC have called for Yarde to fight an eliminator against the former British Champion Hosea Burton. People think Yarde will blow Buglioni away and if he does I'd say he's 100% the real deal. But don't bet against Buglioni, he's a warrior and never gives up. This could end up being a classic!
Stephen Smith vs Liam Walsh
Both men have fought for world honours and both men have failed to win those honours. That's not a dig at either of them as they're both class operators. It would be a fight that deserves to have a world title eliminator on the line at the minimum (if one of the belts became vacant that would be a belter for us Brits but I don't think that will happen). Maybe for a vacant WBC Silver title or, and please forgive me for saying this, a WBA interim title? The winner would be able to nail down their position at the top of the domestic Super-Featherweight tree.
Isaac Chamberlain vs Lawrence Okolie
We've all seen the iFL footage of their little run in at the weigh in for the Summer Time Brawl card at the o2 last month and the majority of us have seen their ongoing Twitter spats. Plus their promoter Eddie Hearn has said its only a matter of time until they fight and it's about choosing the right occasion for that. A clash for any title would make this fight a little more appealing and knowing how promoters work it probably will have a title attached to it even if it is a governing body one, but I'd tune in to watch this if it was just a 10 round war!
Ryan Walsh vs Josh Warrington
I know first hand that Ryan Walsh would love this fight, the first time I interviewed him he said he'd take it in a heartbeat but it was a bit tricky with Walsh being with Warren/BoxNation and Warrington with Hearn/Sky. But that's no longer an issue with Warrington's recent switch the Warren. I believe this fight comes down to whether Warrington wants it or whether Warren wants to risk him before he gets a world title shot. I'd actually favour Walsh in this fight, he's a very underrated fighter and in my opinion has only ever lost to Lee Selby - I had Walsh winning against Caylan who I feel was given a home town decision (and who has subsequently failed a drugs test for cocaine and PEDs I believe).
Ryan Burnett vs Jamie McDonnell
I always wanted to see McDonnell vs Haskins in a unification clash but I guess I'll have to settle for the incredibly talented Ryan Burnett in the fight with McDonnell instead. People may favour the youth and pedigree of Burnett and the fact that McDonnell seemed to struggle badly against Solis last time out, but let's not forget that if it hadn't been for boxing politics McDonnell would/should/could have been the unified IBF WBO WBA regular world champion.
Lee Selby vs Carl Frampton
This fight would be huge! Both have a lot of respect for each other and both are arguably the best boxers we have in Britatin at this precise moment. If Frampton eventually fights for the WBC title and wins it, it creates this fight as a unification. Not that it would need that as these two fighting for Selby's IBF title would be good enough for me. It's a real "how you like them" fight and one that I believe is even tighter to call than Frampton versus Quigg was (I always thought Frampton would beat Quigg). The winner would cement themselves as a world p4p contender and would place themselves comfortably at the top of the domestic pile.
So there's my 10. No Khan vs Brook as the talk and speculation have gone on for so long that it has lost some of its edge to me, and with Khan being in what seems to be a permanent semi-retired state I actually don't think this fight will happen and it will be this generations Hatton Witter.