Monday, September 14, 2009

The Boxing Bulletin Pick'em Game: Week 3

The Boxing Bulletin's Pick'em game is back for week 3.

If you played last week, scroll down to the bottom for the standings. If you missed the opening two weeks, that's not a problem, as you can join right in this week.

Our game is a combination of picking the winners straight-up and beating the odds. If you're ready to match your prognostication skills against other boxing fans, then let's get started...

How to play:

The game is strictly for fun, and entry is free. The deadline to enter this week is Thursday night at 11 PM EST. We'll have the results tabulated and posted with Monday's Week 4 game sheet (please check this post's comments for early results, as we'll try getting them up there by Sunday).

Pick The Winners

This part's easy - 2 points for each correct answer.

Beat The Odds

This is where it gets a little more involved, as you will be risking points to gain points. You will also have the option of choosing 1 fight to risk double points and 1 fight to risk triple points. We have made a slight redesign to this week's game sheet to simplify the process for selecting doubles and triples.


We will keep standings for the full year, although each game will only last for 1 month. At the end of the month standings will be reset and a new game will begin.

We've got a few details below on the fights in play this week, but if you're ready to get started, here's the Week 3 game sheet.

This Week's Line-up - clicking on the fighter's name will open up their boxrec page

September 18

York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom (Television - Sky)

Barry Morrison (17-3) vs Lenny Daws (19-1-1) - 12 rounds - vacant British light-welterweight title

While Morrison won the previous meeting between these two British 140 pound fighters - handing Daws his only career defeat - he's coming into Friday's contest on relatively short notice, having signed on last week to replace vacating champ Ajose Olusegun.

September 19

Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany

Sebastian Sylvester (31-3) vs Giovanni Lorenzo (27-1) - 12 rounds - vacant IBF middleweight title

Sylvester came up well short in his previous bid for a major belt against Felix Sturm last November, but will be facing a far less polished opponent this time in Lorenzo. The Dominican born New York based fighter is coming off a spectacular KO win over Dionisio Miranda, but looked lost against an ancient Raul Marquez in his only other bout against decent opposition.

MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada (Television: HBO PPV)

Floyd Mayweather (39-0) vs Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1) - 12 rounds

Chris John (42-0-2) vs Rocky Juarez (28-4-1) - 12 rounds - WBA super-featherweight title

Michael Katsidis (25-2) vs Vicente Escobedo (21-1) - 12 rounds - interim WBO lightweight title

While Floyd will enter as a solid favorite, our editor Lee Payton believes Marquez has a real shot. Before you make your selection, check out Lee's two part story... The Case for Marquez Beating Mayweather Part One & Part Two.

The John/Juarez rematch was originally supposed to happen on June 27, only for John to pull out a week before the scheduled date with an illness. The Indonesian junior-featherweight has had health issues in the past, so let's hope he's 100% and ready to go this time.

Here's Michael Nelson's preview for the originally scheduled rematch: Chris John vs Rocky Juarez II Preview

Katsidis has already been in a few tough scraps, and has proven himself to be capable of hanging with world class opposition. Escobedo's relatively untested, but packs a punch. Should be a fun 135 pound brawl.

If you're ready to play, click here for the week 3 game sheet.


Andy said...

Scores for Week 3

keithzilla 44
Matt Chudley 39
Andy 36
ThePuma 31
Stylez 29
LatinoPorVida 23
ManchesterMike 23
Bratalot 20
Lee Payton 18
Mark lyons 17
Michael Nelson 15
Lee 15
dna 12

Top 5 September Standings

Andy 88
Matt Chudley 78
Michael Nelson 60
Keithzilla 56
Lee 40