Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter
I am happily surprised that Broner would take this fight. He is already not doing well with his own punching power at 140 and 147, therefore to move back up to 147 facing a strong iron-chinned opponent like Porter shows tremendous confidence in his boxing skills. Porter's loss to Brook is looking highly forgiveable these days, plus he is the type of fighter who is beaten by a certain level of focus that Broner has not yet shown. The single shot power is not there, but the physical strength is. I think this will be a long night for "The Problem" where he ironically fails to find a solution, at least not in time. Porter by MD.
Nicholas Walters vs. Manuel Marriaga
The Walters train really increased in MPH after his KO wins over Vic Darchinyan and Nonito Donaire, but Lomachencko has since dazzled us twice with his boxing ability. The Jamaican star needs a great performance, and Marriaga gets the chance to provide just that. Walters showed his solid chin after being caught flush by Donaire (something that usually ends fights), so one shot will not do it for the fierce Colombian. Marriaga's only win of note was over Chris Martin, which would be impressive, except that Martin was a half step into retirement, and had nothing left. Too many Colombian bangers have been exposed in this country, for me to believe in Manuel. Walter by KO, probably inside 7 rounds.
Jessie Vargas vs. Timothy Bradley
This fight actually has a chance at being entertaining, as neither man packs much of a wallop, but each has been known to brawl a bit. Vargas has been ripe for a fall for a long time, however, and has benefitted from friendly judging. Bradley is noticeably slipping, having fought everyone in Top Rank's stable, and he needs to search for motivation. The cold war being over could provide it. Thurman, Khan, even Mayweather himself may await, if Bradley is victorious. Vargas is unbeaten, but is already struggling a level below this opposition. Bradley by UD.
David Lemieux vs. Hassan N'Dam
If all the Canadian still has is power, he is going to have a long night here. N'Dam has shown the heart to keep getting up when hurt, and he has beaten big punchers before (Stevens). I find this one hard to call because of that question... how much has Lemieux gained since his losses to Alcine and Rubio? If Golden Boy thought this would be their GGG, I think they are sadly mistaken, as there are many holes in the young fighter's game. N'Dam looks motivated, but I don't think he will stay on his feet enough, and the Canadian judges will give every close round to the hometown hero. Lemieux by decision, in an entertaining scrap.