Our pick last week was Errol Spence Jr. to defeat Roberto Garcia. The problem was that Garcia pulled out of the fight for an undisclosed reason just days before the fight. Spence Jr. went on to fight late substitute Phil Lo Greco and stop him in round 2 but it doesn’t count as a win for us. This week we have decided to go with a winner from this Saturday’s HBO main event between former two-division world champion Timothy Bradley Jr. (31-1-1, 12KOs) and unbeaten former world champion Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs). The bout will take place this Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. It will be a scheduled for 12 rounds main event with the WBO interim world welterweight title at stake.
Professional boxing, or prizefighting, emerged in the early twentieth century as boxing gradually attained legitimacy and became a regulated, sanctioned sport. Professional boxing bouts are fought for a purse which is divided between the boxers as determined by contract. Most professional boxing bouts are supervised by a regulatory authority to guarantee the fighters’ safety. Most high-profile bouts obtain the endorsement of a sanctioning body, which awards championship belts, establishes rules, and assigns its own judges and referee. Professional boxing bouts are typically much longer than amateur bouts, and can last up to twelve rounds, though less significant fights can be as short as four rounds. Protective headgear is not permitted, and boxers are generally allowed to take substantial punishment before a fight is halted. Pro boxing has enjoyed a much higher profile than amateur boxing throughout the twentieth century and beyond.