5 upcoming fights for fans to enjoy this year

We're already halfway through the year and there has been no shortage of exciting and dramatic to this point, but there are plenty more big bouts on the horizon for fans to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes or at the local pub.

British heavyweight star Anthony Joshua recently suffered the maiden defeat of his professional career in a hugely entertaining stoppage loss at the hands of Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr, whetting the appetite of supporters across the UK to get involved in further tasty scraps on the horizon.

With that in mind, here are five of the most promising fights that are coming up in the near future that fans can sit back and enjoy throughout the rest of this year.

Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman

As far as heavyweight domestic match-ups go, this is as good as it gets, with Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman preparing to do battle in what is a highly interesting all-British scrap on July 13th.

It's a clash between a solid boxer and mover in the Ricky Hatton-trained Gorman and the huge punching knockout artist Dubois. Who will come out on top and edge towards the more prosperous bouts?

The hard-hitting Dubois will take to the ring for this intriguing clash as the odds-on 2/5 favourite with bet365 in the boxing betting to have his hand raised on fight night at the O2 Arena in London.

Keith Thurman v Manny Pacquiao

The welterweight division is currently bursting with talent and two of the top names will soon collide this summer as Keith Thurman faces off with the legendary Manny Pacquiao.

Even at 40 years of age the Filipino legend has the hand speed and all round quality to cause 'One Time' Thurman in this long-awaited encounter at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Vasyl Lomachenko v Luke Campbell

British fighter Anthony Crolla fell victim to the mercurial brilliance of Vasyl Lomachenko most recently and another rising star from the UK will aim to avoid defeat on August 31st.

Hull fighter Luke Campbell will collide with 'Loma' in what is a battle of two former Olympic Gold Medal victors. The two men both won Gold medals at the 2012 Games in London, England and will next battle it out on UK soil in an intriguing lightweight clash.

Lomachenko is arguably the best fighter on the planet and has been chasing unification bouts with the other champions but he must first deal with whatever threat is posed by Campbell on his UK debut this summer.

Danny Garcia v Mikey Garcia

After his embarrassing 12-round outclassing at the hands of the much larger and superior Errol Spence Jr, in which he failed to claim the IBF welterweight title, Mikey Garcia has actually opted to remain in the division for another bout.

He will aim to clinch a high-profile scalp over former 147lbs world champion Danny Garcia later this year, but it's another tough ask for the Mexican-American who has held a belt as low as featherweight.

Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz

The reigning WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder recently announced that a highly-desired rematch with Tyson Fury was already set for early 2020, but the latter Briton has shot down such claims of late.

Nevertheless, there is still hope and expectations that the second scuffle will take place next year, but Wilder will first have to deal with whatever threat is posed to him by Luis Ortiz in another rematch.

The American had to come through a worrying period in the pair's initial encounter, having been hurt badly and looking likely of being stopped. But he battled back and secured the most memorable win of his career so far. A rematch with the ageing Cuban looks to be headed for American soil late this year.