Boxing enjoyed an outstanding 2017, and before the ball drops signaling a start of the new year, some of the sport's best provided their New Year's resolutions.
This year, the fighting pride of Omaha became the undisputed champion. In 2018, he takes aim at another division.
TERENCE CRAWFORD (32-0, 23 KOs) / Two-division world champion / 2017 BWAA Fighter of the Year nominee / 2014 BWAA Fighter of the Year
"My 2018 resolutions are to win a world title at my new welterweight division, making me a three-division champion, and to open the fully renovated B&B Boxing Academy here in Omaha for all the kids in my community to enjoy."
Vasyl Lomachenko won the featherweight title in only his third pro fight, then successfully defended it later in 2014. Check out the other Fighter of the Year nominees & vote for your favorite at www.pocial.com/trboxing. For more on your favorite fights & fighters, visit WWW.TOPRANK.COM, Facebook at FACEBOOK.COM/TRBOXING and Twitter at TWITTER.COM/TRBOXING and TWITTER/TRBOXEO.
VASYL LOMACHENKO (10-1, 8 KOs) / Two-division world champion / 2017 BWAA Fighter of the Year nominee
"First I want to wish world peace on earth, good health and Happy 2018 to all. For me, I want to get back into the ring at least three times and fight the best fighters and biggest names available."
The undefeated Mexican Olympian's stellar 2014 as a pro featherweight included six wins and an appearance on HBO Latino. Check out the other Prospect of the Year nominees & vote for your favorite at www.pocial.com/trboxing. For more on your favorite fights & fighters, visit WWW.TOPRANK.COM, Facebook at FACEBOOK.COM/TRBOXING and Twitter at TWITTER.COM/TRBOXING and TWITTER/TRBOXEO.
ÓSCAR VALDEZ (23-0, 19 KOs) / WBO featherweight world champion
"Thanks to God, this was a year full of emotions and victories for our team. I'm going to keep working hard to defend my title and have an even better 2018"
After defeating "King" Arthur Abraham, Gilberto Zurdo Ramirez now has his sights on July 23rd where Ramirez will be defending his title against Dominik Britsch on the Crawford-Postol PPV fight card. For more info visit: www.toprank.com
GILBERTO RAMÍREZ (36-0, 24 KOs) / WBO super middleweight world champion.
"First, I want to successfully defend my title in Corpus Christi on February 3 and give the fans a good show. I want to start 2018 the right way. I also want to unify titles and clean up the division, so I can show the world that I'm the best fighter at 168 pounds. Finally, I want to be the king of the super middleweight division and be one of the best pound for pound fighters. That is my dream"
All KO of Joseph Parker
JOSEPH PARKER (24-0, 18 KOs) / WBO heavyweight world champion
"My New Year's resolution is to give the fans an undisputed world heavyweight champion by beating up Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder as well as bringing honor to New Zealand, Samoa and the sport of boxing. The world deserves a heavyweight champion who isn't afraid to fight on his opponents' home turf."
Jeff Horn vs Manny Pacquiao on july 1
JEFF HORN (18-0-1, 12 KOs) / WBO welterweight world champion
"I would like to have a healthy baby and to be a great dad. I would like to earn millions from the sport of boxing. I would like to keep proving the doubters wrong and remain undefeated and world champion against top competition."
Highlights of the 2012 Olympic gold medalist. Ryota Murata - Is a boxer from Japan, who took the gold medal in the men's middleweight division (- 75 kg) at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He had served as a Toyo University official.
RYOTA MURATA (13-1, 10 KOs), WBA middleweight world champion
"For this coming year I hope to have my title defenses lead to big fights. But first I will put my utmost effort to win the fights, that Top Rank and Teiken Promotion have put together for me, and to win them impressively.”
Before Ray Beltran returns Aug. 5 on ESPN, take a look back his last 4 fights-which he won by KO. Beltran faces Bryan Vasquez (35-2) at the Nokia Theatre in L.A.
RAY BELTRAN (34-7-1, 21 KOs) / WBO No. 1 world-rated lightweight contender
"My New Year's resolution is to be the best father, husband I can be, to continue to provide for my family, to be an ambassador to this sport, to be a model citizen of America, to represent this great country, and Mexico in and out of the ring, and to prove on February16ththat I am the best and the most dangerous lightweight in the world."
Follow Jose Ramirez's incredible journey from fieldworker to world-class fighter. He faces fellow unbeaten super lightweight Mike Reed at 10:30p ET Saturday, Nov. 11th on ESPN.
JOSE RAMÍREZ (21-0, 16 KOs) / WBC No. 3 world-rated super lightweight contender
"My New Year's resolution is to continue to fight on immigration. To focus more on priorities including family and business plans. To stay active in the gym all year so I can I fight at least three fights. To become world champion. To worry less about what I don’t have and enjoy more what I do have. To practice my faith a bit more. And last, to spend less time on the phone including Social Media."
Relive Irish Olympian Michael Conlan's most impressive win to date.
MICHAEL CONLAN (5-0, 4 KOs) / Two-time Olympian / 2012 Olympic bronze medalist / 2016 World Amateur Champion
"My New Year's resolutions for 2018 is to sell out Madison Square Garden again on St Patrick’s Day, sell out a fight in Boston, and also sell out my homecoming show in Belfast, towards the end off the year. I’d like to push on into big fights and hopefully pick up some sort of title on my way! 2017 has been a fantastic year, thank you to Top Rank, ESPN, my management MTK Global and of course all my supporters all around the world. Let’s bring The Conlan Revolution into 2018 with a bang!"
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ANDRE WARD (32-0, 16 KOs) / Retired IBF / WBA / WBO super middleweight world champion / Co-manager of Shakur Stevenson
“Shakur has the potential to be one of the greats in the sport. My resolution for him in 2018 is to stay focused on his craft, listen to the strong team of people he has in his life, and to stay on the right path so he can ultimately get to the finish line.”
Correspondent Melissa Stark sits down with rising star, Shakur Stevenson.
SHAKUR STEVENSON (4-0, 2 KOs) / 2016 Olympic silver medalist
"My resolutions for 2018 are to be as active as possible in the ring, continue to make my family and Brick City proud and prove that I am the best prospect in boxing."
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OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK (14-0, 12 KOs) / WBO No. 1 light heavyweight world-rated contender / 2012 Olympic bronze medalist
"I want to become a world champion and then keep busy fighting 3-4 times in 2018. n I want to wish everyone happy and safe holidays."
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ALEX SAUCEDO (26-0, 16 KOs) / No. 3 WBO and No. 4 WBA super lightweight world-rated contender
"It is my New Year's resolution to make 2018 a big year. To battle hard every time I get into the ring, and ultimately win at least one 140 pound world title."
Friday, November 18th LIVE from Kissimmee Florida comes another installment of Unimas Solo Boxeo. Christopher Diaz, PR (18-0, 11 KOs) takes on Fernando Vargas, MEX (27-12-3, 20 KOs). Broadcast starts at 11p EST.
CHRISTOPHER DIAZ (22-0, 14 KOs) / No. 4 WBO world-rated junior lightweight contender
"My goal in 2018 is to become a world champion and give boxing fans the best action-packed fights."
Highlights of the Puerto Rican sensation Felix Verdejo. Felix Verdejo - Is a Puerto Rican professional boxer who, as an amateur, qualified for the 2012 Olympics as a lightweight (60 kg). In his first fight of 2014, Verdejo faced undefeated Lauro Alcantar, winning by knockout in only 21 seconds.
FÉLIX VERDEJO (23-0, 15 KOs) / 2012 Olympian
"My new year's resolution is to let my actions in the ring speak for me. I want to bring a world title to my Island and I know this will be the year that I become a world champion"
Friday, November 18th LIVE from Kissimmee Florida comes another installment of Unimas Solo Boxeo. Broadcast starts at 11p EST.
TEÓFIMO LÓPEZ (7-0, 6 KOs) / 2016 Olympian
"My 2018 resolution is nothing but to just keep on winning. Unleashed Savage!"
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MIKAELA MAYER (3-0, 2 KOs) / 2016 Olympian / Three-time U.S. National Amateur Champion
1. Practice gratitude even when there's a reason to be unhappy or to complain
2. Take my dogs on more adventures even when I’m tired from training
3. Eat less meat and incorporate new vegan recipes into my diet more often
4. Design a Mikaela Mayer glove with Everlast
5. Extend my sponsor partnerships
6. Find new ways to give back to my fans
7. Showcase my skills on a MAIN card on ESPN
8. Fight my first 10 rounder
9. Capture all the 130 lb belts!