Mixed martial arts has taken off and is more popular than ever, but do you remember boxing? Well, NBC Sports Group is banking on boxing making a comeback. The group has a multi-year agreement to televise bouts, and Saturday, March 7 is the first show of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series. We have the UFC on FOX for MMA, and now we have PBC on NBC for boxing. What’s best, there is Daily Fantasy Boxing from our friends at kountermove.com and money to be won!
(Kountermove.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET).
Adrien Broner ($5,600 vs. John Molina): Broner is the headliner of an impressive first card in the new NBC boxing agreement, and of his 29 victories – 22 have come via knockout. That’s bad news for John Molina Jr., who is looking to stay on the boxing map after back-to-back losses. A third straight loss and we might never hear from him again, at least on the main stage. Broner is a showman, and this is his biggest stage yet. If the world, and DFS players, did not who Broner was before Saturday, they will certainly know him after what is expected to be a decisive victory.
Keith Thurman ($5,400 vs. Robert Guerrero): Thurman, a.k.a. ‘One Time’, is heavily favored, and rightly so. He is 24-0 in his career with 21 knockouts, and that doesn’t bode well for Robert Guerrero. The reach and weight is basically the same between these fighters, but the biggest difference is age and experience. Guerrero has won at various levels, so experience goes to him. However, Thurman is youthful at just 26, and the orthodox boxer should have plenty of energy in his first big-time appearance against a 31-year-old Guerrero. Look for Thurman to overpower Guerrero.
PLENTY OF UPSIDE
Sergey Kovalev ($5,200 vs. Jean Pascal): On Sat., March 14, Kovalev will face Pascal in Montreal looking to defend his WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world titles. Kovalev is a huge underdog, and he was mighty impressive last time out against veteran Bernard Hopkins. If you go by common opponents, Pascal was beaten by Hopkins twice. Kovalev has recorded 23 knockouts while posting a 26-0-1 record, so DFS owners can expect a knockout and big Fantasy points.
Zou Shiming ($4,800 vs. Amnat Ruenroeng): On HBO2 at 5pm ET, the Chinese flyweight star Zou will get his first crack at the big time against world flyweight title holder Amnat Ruenroeng in Macau. Zou is already 33 years old, so he won’t have a huge window for stardom. He is making just his seventh appearance as a professional and is getting a shot at the title. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who worked with Hall of Famer trainer Freddie Roach to improve his style. Zou has faced Ruenroeng three times, with Zou winning two times, including the semifinals of the 2010 Asian Games. At this price level, as a heavy favorite, he is a solid DFS play.
Josesito Lopez ($4,600 vs. Andre Berto): Berto has had some difficulty with injuries, and that might be good news for Lopez. He has won three straight fights, and he is coming off a fifth round TKO against Aaron Martinez in April 2014. His most memorable fight might be when he cracked the jaw of Victor Ortiz in his 154-pound debut. Oh, by the way, Ortiz has a unanimous decision win over Berto. Lopez is a huge sleeper for DFS owners, and he’ll be a popular play since he doesn’t cost nearly as much as the big favorites on the board. You need a handful of little guys with a puncher’s chance, and Lopez fits the bill.