This weekend's feature attraction has Vitali Klitschko taking on Odlanier Solis at Lanxess Arena in Cologne Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
With a couple weeks to go, quite a few players still have a chance at take home the season 5 title. For those a little further back, player of the year points are at stake, so don't give up just yet.
There aren't a whole lot of great match-ups on the schedule this week, but we've still got several fights to choose from including a potentially decent heavyweight scrap between Vitali Klitschko and Odlanier Solis. There's also Lucian Bute's return to Showtime against Brian Magee, along with Cuban counter-puncher Guillermo Rigondeaux's trip to Ireland for a clash with Willie Casey.
The other match-ups on the schedule this week are the FNF headliner between Brad Solomon and Demetrius Hopkins, and the Commonwealth 130lb title fight between Liam Walsh and Jon Kays.
For those that are new to the game, please make sure to check out the rules (we promise they are very simple).
An explanation of how to fill out your selections appears at the bottom of this post - please follow these instructions as it makes it easier for us to tabulate the results quickly each week.
You can check out the week 8 standings here.
Let’s get to the week 9 line-up…**** Remember you do not need to make a selection on every fight. If you are unfamiliar with any of the fighters, and don't want to risk points, you are free to PASS on any pick. You must make at least one selection to receive the 10 point participation bonus****
A. Pick the winner - Vitali Klitschko vs Odlanier Solis (Saturday, March 19)
1. Klitschko to win – risk 12 points to win 2.
2. Solis to win – risk 2 points to win 12.
B. Method of victory - Vitali Klitschko vs Odlanier Solis (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Saturday, March 19)
1. Klitschko by stoppage – risk 4 to win 5.
2. Klitschko by decision – risk 3.5 to win 5.5.
3. Solis by stoppage – risk 1 to win 8.
4. Solis by decision – risk 0.5 to win 8.5.
C. Pick the winner / Method of victory - Lucian Bute vs Brian Magee (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Saturday, March 19)
1. Bute to win (any method) – risk 10 to win 1.
2. Bute by stoppage – risk 7.5 to win 3.5.
3. Bute by decision – risk 2.5 to win 8.5.
4. Magee (any method) – risk 1 to win 10.
D. Pick the winner / Method of victory - Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Willie Casey (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Saturday, March 19)
1. Rigondeaux to win (any method) – risk 8 to win 2.
2. Rigondeaux by stoppage – risk 5 to win 5.
3. Rigondeaux by decision – risk 3 to win 7.
4. Casey (any method) – risk 2 to win 8.
E. Pick the winner / Method of victory - Liam Walsh vs Jon Kays (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Saturday, March 19)
1. Walsh to win (any method) – risk 7 to win 1.
2. Walsh by stoppage – risk 5 to win 3.
3. Walsh by decision – risk 2 to win 6.
4. Kays (any method) – risk 1 to win 7.
F. Scorecards - Brad Solomon vs Demetrius Hopkins (scheduled for 10 rounds) - Will Hopkins win at least 10 combined rounds on the 3 official scorecards (KO loss for Hopkins automatically counts as no)? (Friday, March 18)
1. Yes, Hopkins will win at least 10 combined rounds – risk 4 points to win 4.
2. No, Hopkins will not win at least 10 combined rounds – risk 4 points to win 4.
***Should the fight go to the scorecards early due to an accidental foul, Hopkins will need to win 1/3rd of the total rounds to count as yes***
Please fill out your selections as follows:
Enter the LETTER of the fight first, then whether it’s a single (1), double (2) or triple (3) followed by the NUMBER of your pick and the NAME of the FIGHTER and METHOD of victory (where applicable).
For Selection A, if you want to use one of your doubles on Klitschko to win...
A. (2) – 1 – Klitschko
For Selection B, if you wanted to use a triple on Solis to win by decision, you would enter...
B. (3) – 4 – Solis by decision
For Selection C, if you wish to make a pick on Bute by stoppage without using a double or triple...
C. (1) – 2 – Bute by stoppage
For Selection D, if you wish to pass...