Major boxing back on NBC

March 03, 2015 3:02 AM
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The debut of Al Haymon’s new NBC boxing series titled “Premiere Boxing Champions” this Saturday night marks the return of the sport to network television. The MGM Grand Garden Arena plays host to the first installment.The debut of Al Haymon’s new NBC boxing series titled “Premiere Boxing Champions” this Saturday night marks the return of the sport to network television.

And there is no better place to launch such a series than the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas. The MGM Grand Garden Arena plays host to the first installment.

This series is going to be a huge boost for boxing.

The co-main event is a junior welterweight clash between John Molina Jr. (27-5, 22 KO’s) and the self-appointed protege of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KO’s). Oddsmakers have installed Broner as a sizable favorite at -900, with the take-back on Molina +600.

Broner should win this fight by a unanimous decision, but I for one am not willing to lay that kind of chalk on him just yet. I’ve seen Molina come back and win a fight that he was being dominated in, by landing a big shot late too many times.

The other big fight has undefeated WBA Welterweight title holder Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 KO’s) defend his strap against Robert Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KO’s). Again, oddsmakers have added a heavy price tag on this fight. The champion is currently listed as a -700 betting favorite, while the underdog is +500.

Ultimately, I expect Thurman will box his way to stacking up rounds, especially early on, and should retain his title by unanimous decision.

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