Over the last 12 months or so, despite boasting over 10 world champions, British boxing has faced a bit of a reality check. We have sent those we would consider our best out and they have found themselves wanting. Whether it is up against GGG or Canelo, like those who faced Mayweather and Pacquiao before them, British boxers have fallen short of a win. It may be enough for some to claim that Amir Khan was winning when Canelo pounced or that Brook showed others – like Danny Jacobs – how to unsettle Gennady Golovkin, but the harsh reality is that we have seen some fantastic world level fighters take on and beat our best.
In amongst that one of the major disappointments of 2016 was when Anthony Crolla, 31-5-1, 13 KO’s, became one of the disappointed when he lost his world title to an amazingly talented boxer in Jorge Linares, 41-3, 27 KO’s. We had expected Linares to be good, we just did not quite expect he would be that good.