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 Last update:  3/21/2013       Read more by Cliff Rold         
   
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by Cliff Rold

Bring on the punchers.

An unexpected Fight of the Year contender left the fight world buzzing last week.  For those who missed it, HBO is running Timothy Bradley-Ruslan Provodnikov on its various platforms repeatedly. This week, fans are inundated with cards that scream early exit.  A war breaking out in one would be no shock.  Four televised cards in the U.S. will feature big bangers, topped off by a title rematch in Germany.

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: #4 Arthur Abraham vs. #6 Robert Stieglitz (Saturday, EPIX, 4 PM EST/1 PM PST)

Epix has become a reliable source for top action from Europe.  It doesn’t get it all, but it gets more of it than any network in a while.  This is no exception, a rematch of a surprisingly solid 168 lb. title showdown last year.  Abraham (36-3, 28 KO) saved his career with a win over Stieglitz (43-3, 24 KO) for the WBO belt at Super Middleweight.  It was a close one last August and, with Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch doing their rematch, Abraham’s best money option was here.  Abraham has won four in a row since a rough trio of losses in the “Super Six” tournament.  Can Stieglitz send him back a step and force a rubber match?  Also intriguing on this show is the latest from heavyweight Robert Helenius (18-0, 11 KO).  He looked like as strong a comer in recent memory for a moment, and then a bad decision over Derek Chisora was followed by an injury layoff.  Helenius looked miserable in a return win late last year.  Can he get back on track with shopworn veteran Michael Sprott (37-19, 17 KO)?  
 
Pick Friday: Wealth and ESPN2

Adonis Stevenson and Don George are head to head again, sort of. Last October, it was in the ring, Stevenson scoring a stoppage in the final round.  Whether they clash again all depends on show overlap.  As it stands, it may be that viewers can marathon the whole thing.  Stevenson (19-1, 16 KO) is up first (7 PM EST/4 PM PST on Wealth TV).  He has a chance to reverse his lone career loss, by knockout, to veteran Darnell Boone (19-20-3, 8 KO) while waiting for a mandatory title shot.  George (24-3-1, 21 KO) goes to scratch in what might be a better fight (10 PM EST/7 PM PST) on ESPN2 against David Lopez (41-13, 23 KO).  Neither main event looks like it goes the route. 
 
Pick Solo: Jonathan Gonzalez vs. Joseph Rios (Saturday, UniMas, 11 PM EST/PST) 
 
Finally, there is a puncher on the rise.  Gonzalez (11-0, 10 KO) is a serious comer at Flyweight, his team confident enough to match him with veteran Omar Salado last out even if a rabbit punch sent the bout to a No Contest.  Rios (13-7-2, 4 KO) is more moderate fare, but well within where he should be on the learning curve. 

For BoxingScene’s latest full divisional ratings, log on to: http://www.boxingscene.com/forums/view.php?pg=boxing-ratings

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at roldboxing@hotmail.com

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