Sharif Bogere will look to upset the odds this Saturday against Richard Abril. - Tom Casino / Showtime
Only two weeks to go in the season, and the title race is wide open. And for those players a little farther back in the standings, there's still plenty to play for, with POTY points up for grabs (for a breakdown of how POTY points work, please check the rules link in the box below).
We've got 6 fights on the line-up this weekend with action from all over the world.
Friday Night Fights has a double-header featuring Australian featherweight Billy Dib going up against undefeated Russian Evgeny Gradovich in the main-event. Willie Nelson takes on Michael Medina in the 10-round appetizer.
Richard Abril is returning to action for the first time since a controversial loss last April to Brandon Rios. The tricky Cuban takes on unbeaten Sharif Bogere on Saturday night in Showtime's main-event. Also on Saturday is an intriguing match-up from the Philippines between a couple highly rated little men, as Donnie Nietes squares off with visiting Moises Fuentes of Mexico in what could be the weekend's best bout.
Rounding out the action are a couple of fights from Africa, with Thailnd's Pungluang Sor Singyu taking on undefeated local bantamweight Paulus Ambunda in Namibia, and southpaw Chris van Heerden hosting Matthew Hatton in South Africa.
For those that haven't played before, welcome to the best pick'em game going. Please join right in and start playing (just 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 last week's 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 / Method of victory - Billy Dib vs Evgeny Gradovich (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Friday, March 1)
1. Dib to win – risk 7.5 to win 2.5.
2. Dib to win by stoppage – risk 2.5 to win 7.5.
3. Dib by decision – risk 5 to win 5.
4. Gradovich (any method) – risk 2.5 to win 7.5.
B. Pick the winner - Willie Nelson vs Michael Medina (Friday, March 1)
1. Nelson to win – risk 5 points to win 4.
2. Medina to win – risk 4 points to win 5.
C. Pick the winner / Method of victory - Richard Abril vs Sharif Bogere (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Saturday, March 2)
1. Abril to win – risk 10 to win 3.
2. Abril to win by stoppage – risk 2.5 to win 10.5.
3. Abril by decision – risk 7.5 to win 5.5.
4. Bogere (any method) – risk 3 to win 10.
D. Pick the winner - Donnie Nietes vs Moises Fuentes (Saturday, March 2)
1. Nietes to win – risk 8.5 points to win 6.5.
2. Fuentes to win – risk 6.5 points to win 8.5.
E. Pick the winner - Pungluang Sor Singyu vs Paulus Ambunda (Saturday, March 2)
1. Singyu to win – risk 5.5 points to win 4.5.
2. Ambunda to win – risk 4.5 points to win 5.5.
F. Pick the winner / Method of victory - Chris van Heerden vs Matthew Hatton (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Saturday, March 2)
1. van Heerden to win – risk 7 to win 2.
2. van Heerden to win by stoppage – risk 1.5 to win 7.5.
3. van Heerden by decision – risk 5.5 to win 3.5.
4. Hatton (any method) – risk 2 to win 7.
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).
**** You have 10 doubles and 5 triples to use over the 10 week season ****
For Selection A, if you want to use one of your doubles on Dib to win...
A. (2) – 1 – Dib to win
For Selection B, if you want to pick Medina to win without using a double or triple...
B. (1) – 2 - Medina by decision
For Selection C, if you want to use one of triples on Abril by stoppage...
C. (3) – 2 - Abril by stoppage
For Selection D, if you wish to pass...