TQBR Prediction Game 5.0, Update #4

With four fights over the past weekend, it could’ve been a points bonanza for contestants in TQBR Prediction Game 5.0. Instead, one fight — Victor Ortiz-Lamont Peterson — ended in a draw for which no points were awarded, and another of the fights nobody* got any points for, since nobody* picked the winner, Joseph Agbeko, who stunningly outboxed Yonnhy Perez in their rematch.

That phenomenon means that a slightly better pick here or there could make a tiny but not decisive difference. Plus 5.0 leader NattyChamps aka DukeShadeBlue dropping the ball on the 1-yard line (his predictions were mildly late) meaning we now have a new leader: Internet Tough Guy aka Dobbler. Thanks to my inability to remember that the clock on this blog is set to military time, I thought NattyChamps aka DukeShadeBlue handed in his entries late. He did not; in fact, he had the best possible points combo this week. So he remains the leader. But his (restored) reign atop the throne could be very short-lived. This week brings the conclusion of 5.0, and 11 six people could still theoretically win it all including the five people tied for fifth place.

About that asterisk: Orbital Bone Surgeons aka IrvinRyan was the only team to pick Agbeko to win, good for a whopping 700 points — 500 for the correct call, 100 for the upset pick and another 100 for the default accuracy bonus. It was the call of the week, needless to say. Nobody in the world said, “I think Agbeko will outbox Perez,” except IR, whose nickname around these parts is “The Oracle.” The runner-up call of the week went to the eight nine people who got points correctly calling Amir Khan by unanimous decision over Marcos Maidana. The second runner-up went to the nine 10 people who got points calling an Abner Mares UD over Vic Darchinyan, although it ended up being split. Darchinyan was the popular upset pick of the week: Five went with him.

OK. Everyone gear up for this week’s pickable fight, Jean Pascal-Bernard Hopkins, which will conclude this edition of TQBR Prediction Game. Look for it no later than Thursday.

Until then, below are your standings. As usual, please notify me of any tabulation errors and we’ll adjudicate:


NattyChamps (DukeShadeBlue): 5250

Internet Tough Guy (Dobbler): 5050

Bundy Bears (ALEXMAC): 4950

Not Sure (Jay Ari Yin): 4800

Apemantus: 4600

Basque Country: 4600

Pretty Toney: 4450

the legend: 4450

Team Spacely’s Sprockets (willfrank): 4450

Philly Shell (Hit Dog): 4450


stickfigure: 4300

Paul Kelly: 3900

Team Skullduggery (PJ): 3700

Miggs 88: 3700

The Count Of Monte Fisto (cguenard): 3700

Paul Williams’ Campaign Manager (Tim Starks): 3650

Team no shot (edub): 3350

Arthur Billette: 3350

Orbital Bone Surgeons (IrvinRyan): 3350

Gumbercules (BigMaxy): 3250

The Garbageman (ScottB): 3150

Cardscott5: 2700

beccapooka: 2650

David Schraub: 2400

Yuriorkis Gamboa Constrictor (Scott Kraus): 1750

TJChim: 1750

The Flying Cintrons (Queensberry Wench): 1600

BenOlson: 1550

Neon Leon’s Two Front Teeth (Andrew Harrison): 1200

FunkyBadger: 1700

Manila Ice: 1150

AskTheBoxer: 1050

joebentvice: 1000

stonemclean: 1000

Ben Smitheman: 600

ArnoldO: 600

Ako si Navarette: 600

baron: 600

ManchesterUnited12: 600

Todd Aguiar: 550

Team Atlas (Sam Fong): 500

fadeintobolivian: 500

Stiff Jab: 500

ShortFuse (RoWyN): 500

FightFreak: 500

nick63: 500

Datu punol: 500

Noypi: 500

reneth: 500

Dachs: 500

Melzor Uchiha: 500

jun: 500

Amain: 500

Unifythebelts: 0

audley harrison jab of the century (FlorencioR): 0

Fidel: 0

Tito Flores: 0

asd: 0

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (http://www.tbrb.org). He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.