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If the media members who participated in the SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll have called it correctly then Timothy Bradley’s going to walk away victorious over Kendall Holt Saturday on SHOWTIME. But it will it be close. Bradley, the WBC champion, and his WBO counterpart Holt clash in an eagerly awaited 140-pound world title unification showdown from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at a special time 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) to accommodate fans watching the conclusion of the 2009 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. The majority of those who participated in a SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll not only could not state with conviction who would win, but how the tough, close fight would play out. Several possible scenarios and story lines were predicted. Bradley was a popular, landslide winner in the Poll, garnering 39 of the 46 predictions (with one draw). Three others view what will be an exciting fight too close to call.
The major sports books and gambling websites agree with the media as Bradley is a slight favorite on most sports betting websites. At Sportsbook.com, the money line is minus 150 for Bradley and plus 120 for Holt.
Viewers will get their chance to weigh-in as well.
At the top of the telecast and during the opening fight of the night, SHOWTIME will pose the questions for fans to text in:
What will be the key factor in Bradley vs. Holt?
1. Bradley’s speed
2. Bradley’s lack of one-punch power
3. Holt’s power
4. Holt’s suspect chin
One thing almost all the experts agreed on: This will not be a waltz.