Pro cards up for grabs in Las Vegas

by Allan Donnelly

July 25, 2008


After over three hours and 107 competitors at the men’s bodybuilding prejudging, one thing, at least, is clear: it is going to be a heck of a battle tomorrow night for the two pro cards which will be awarded at the 2008 NPC USA Bodybuilding and Figure Championships in Las Vegas.

At the top of the list: Curtis Bryant and Brandon Ray in the light heavyweight class; Brandon Curry, Lee Banks and Michael Liberatore in the heavyweights; and Edward Nunn in the super heavies.

Starting with the light heavies, both Bryant and Ray were conditioned. However Bryant, who dropped down to light heavy after competing as a heavyweight last year, was clearly the thicker of the two, particularly from the back.

In the heavies, precontest favorite Curry will be pushed by Banks and Liberatore. Curry, the runner-up at both the 2007 USAs and Nationals, lived up to his precontest hype by displaying the best shape and lines in the heavyweight class. However, both Liberatore and Banks had the slight edge in conditioning. It will likely come down to which of the three holds their conditioning the best for tomorrow night’s finals.

In the super heavyweight class, Edward Nunn rose to the top in a disappointing class as the only precontest favorite in the supers to nail his conditioning.

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Alan Watari
Franklin Bugner
Hernan Rodriguez
James Shumpert
Marty Burger
Noel Frias
Paul Howe
Wayne Hugar
Alvin Viernes
Bantamweight Comparisons

Cory Deese
Jabar Miles
Jimmy Nguyen
Rick Brewer
Tim Ward
Lightweight Comparisons

Brent Kutlesa
Bret Bradshaw
Joe Pearson
Michael Bautista
Paul Aigbirior
Richie Medina
Shavis Higa
Steve Karnya
Victor DelCampo
Hector Cruz
Richard Moran
Yusef Al-Awaji
Welterweight Comparisons

Ali Washington
Arleigh Bumanglag
George Maiorano
George Thibault
Jacob Wilson
Jerry Aguilar
Jese Lopez
Richard Sosias
Rob-Roy Pyfer
Scott Turner
Tim Anderson
Kam Gallman
Scott Hutchinson
Todd Scott
Middleweight Comparisons

Allen Hicks
Branden Ray
Carlos Pinto
Curtis Bryant
Elton Bates
Garrett Hawkins
John Peshia
Joshua Fred
Legislador Rich
Nathan Detracy
Omar Monroig
Peter Ciccone
Shawn Mack
Tamar Elguindy
Troy Tate
Gregory Fisher
William Ayoubi
Shawn Boisacq
Light Heavyweight Comparisons

Brandon Curry
Brian Copeland
Chulsey Graham
Darin Dudash
David Fenty
Erich Blancaflor
Gary Harden
Hary Johnson
Jeff Long
Kevin Sperling
Lee Banks
Les Galloway
Mark Alvisi
Mark Christensen
Michael Liberatore
Parenthesis Devers
Ricardo Ocampo
Carl Matthews
Shawn Boisacq
Vladimir Sizor
Heavyweight Comparisons

Aaron Rhea
Alex Jacobson
Drew Jemmott
Eboni Wilson
Edward Nunn
Eric Domer
Eric Posejpal
Eric Sanders
Franco Dattilo
Grigori Atoyan
James Swanson
Kalani Nelson
Keith Williams
Kenny Gipson
Kenny Milne
Kirk DeFrancesco
Korbie Nitiforo
Malcolm Marshall
Mark Byers
Robert Burneika
Ron Stevens
Ryan Fasano
Sean Allan
Sherwin Pagtakhan
James Vandervest
Nick Fagiano
Zinjun Croon
Todd Jewell
Super Heavyweight Comparisons