The Bad Left Hook Pick'em Game: Season 16 - Week 1

Timothy Bradley will enter the ring as a heavy favorite Saturday night against Ruslan Provodnikov. - Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

With a new season starting this weekend, scores return to 0 for all players... so if the last 10-weeks didn't go so well, no worries, you're right back in it. Before we get to the opening week line-up, congratulations to last season's winner motowneast, taking the crown by a single point, 183.5 to 182.5 over TheDemolitionDan. Hopefully the Season 16 race will be just as exciting... good luck to everyone!

Topping the bill this week is the return of Timothy Bradley in a 147lb clash against Ruslan Provodnikov. We've added an HBO scorecard special for this one to make things a little more interesting. On the same show and perhaps more intriguing - at least from a pick'em perspective - is a battle of undefeated welters, with Jesse Vargas and Wale Omotoso squaring off in a 10-rounder.

In a clash of young light-flyweights, John Riel Casimero travels to Panama to take on Luis Alberto Rios, while in Russia, Denis Shafikov puts his undefeated record on the line against Alisher Rahimov. Rounding out this week's action is a match-up from Mexico between Pablo Cesar Cano and Manuel Perez.

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 season's final standings here.

Let’s get to the week 10 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 - Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Saturday, March 16)

1. Bradley to win – risk 11 to win 2.
2. Bradley to win by stoppage – risk 3 to win 10.
3. Bradley by decision – risk 8 to win 5.
4. Provodnikov (any method) – risk 2 to win 11.

B. *HBO Scorecard Special - Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov - How many rounds will Provodnikov win on the HBO unofficial scorecard - (Saturday, March 16)

1. Over 2 1/2 – risk 4.5 points to win 4.5.
2. Over 4 1/2 – risk 2 points to win 7.
3. Under 2 1/2 – risk 4.5 points to win 4.5.
4. Under 4 1/2 – risk 7 points to win 2.

*A KO win for Provodnikov automatically counts as OVER

C. Pick the winner - Jesse Vargas vs Wale Omotoso (Saturday, March 16)

1. Vargas to win – risk 7.5 points to win 3.5.
2. Omotoso to win – risk 3.5 points to win 7.5.

D. Pick the winner - John Riel Casimero vs Luis Alberto Rios (Saturday, March 16)

1. Casimero to win – risk 6 points to win 4.
2. Rios to win – risk 4 points to win 6.

E. Pick the winner - Denis Shafikov vs Alisher Rahimov (Saturday, March 9)

1. Shafikov to win – risk 7 points to win 2.
2. Rahimov to win – risk 2 points to win 7.

****Cano has pulled out of the contest due to illness.****

F. Pick the winner / Method of victory - Pablo Cesar Cano vs Manuel Perez (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage - Saturday, March 16)

1. Cano to win – risk 8 to win 1.
2. Cano to win by stoppage – risk 3 to win 6.
3. Cano by decision – risk 5 to win 4.
4. Perez (any method) – risk 1 to win 8.

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 – Bradley to win

For Selection B, if you want to pick Over 4 1/2 without using a double or triple...

B. (1) – 2 - Over 4 1/2

For Selection C, if you want to use one of triples on Vargas by stoppage...

C. (3) – 2 - Vargas by stoppage

For Selection D, if you wish to pass...

D. Pass

Good luck!

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