Let’s see if Kelly Pavlik can come back from his recent struggles. He needs to look good here.
Pavlik is huge in comparison to Lopez, and was measuring that right hand. But he was pretty rusty. Lopez snuck in a couple of shots, but will have to use quickness because Pavlik is looking to unload. Pavlik’s punches are harder and he wins the first round, though he was probably outstruck.
Lopez stole the second round with a flurry of about 10 shots in a row, half of which look to have landed. Otherwise, it was very much like the first, fighting at Pavlik’s pace.
Third round was also slow. The announcers talked about both guys not really wanting to fight on the inside and wanting to throw from the outside. With Pavlik’s long wing span, it’s probably a good idea for him to sit on the outside and just throw straight punches.
Lopez is the one throwing landing multiple shots at once, in about a 2 to 1 ratio. Pavlik is a little slow on the trigger, but he does hit harder so it should bode later in the fight. I have the rounds split so far.
Pavlik did a much better job controlling the ring in round five, outmuscling him. Lopez looks to be tiring a bit.
The fight is swinging closer towards Pavlik and I think the size is making a huge difference.
(I missed the 7th round and 8th round, but it doesn’t look like much changed. Pavlik is just too big.)
It’s become more of a slow paced fight, but Pavlik is throwing a lot more straight rights and landing.
Lopez started out the round well, throwing multiple punches and landing. It was back and forth, and maybe the best round in the fight. Pavlik came back and landed huge shots to possibly possibly take the round late.
Winner: Kelly Pavlik by unanimous decision
The scores were 95-95, 98-92, 99-91.
These guys are tied together by Paul Williams. Kelly Pavlik was supposed to fight Paul Williams a couple of different times, and Pavlik had to pull out of the fight. His replacement was Sergio Martinez who gave Williams as much as anyone has ever given him. Williams pulled out the decision in a very close fight. Now, Pavlik is back to take on not Williams, but Martinez. Pavlik is over eighteen pounds heavier than his original weigh-in from the previous day. He really needs to move up in weight as I can’t imagine him making this much longer.
On the first half of the HBO doubleheader, Lucian Bute knocked out Edison Miranda in the third round with an uppercut. Just seconds before, Miranda put his hands on his hips as if to say that Bute can’t hurt him and then was knocked out. It was beautiful. I wondered why Miranda got the shot, and then remembered that all the rest of the super middleweights are in the Super Six.
Sergio Martinez vs. Kelly Pavlik
Martinez did a good job at countering Pavlik and even opened up a slight cut over his right eye from a right hook. Pavlik is trying to get accustomed to his speed. Martinez went down, but it wasn’t from a punch and not called a knock down.
More of the same from Martinez. This is going to be a game of, “Can Kelly catch Sergio.” So far, he hasn’t really. Another solid round from Martinez.
Pavlik did a much better job closing in on Martinez this round. He hit Martinez solidly a couple of times and didn’t seem to be in such a panic.
Martinez was having fun with him. He shucked his shoulders, wound up his arms a couple of times, and was quicker to the punch. It seems like the kind of stuff that would mentally mess with Pavlik. I have it 3-1 for Martinez so far.
Pavlik landed a nice straight left that caught an unbalanced Martinez. Martinez now has a mouse underneath his right eye.
I didn’t buy the show tonight as I was watching UFC, but as expected, both Miguel Cotto and Kelly Pavlik won their fights tonight.
According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Cotto was just too strong for Michael Jennings.
But Cotto was all over him again in the fifth round and finally put him down again. And again, Hughes motioned him to stay down. The 31-year-old with a big heart got up though. However, referee Benji Esteves had seen enough and called it off at 2:36.
The AP (via ESPN) reported that the hometown Pavlik made the fans happy in his 9th round stoppage of Marco Antonio Rubio.
The pride of Youngstown outclassed and outpunched Rubio almost the entire fight, hurting the Mexican challenger in the eighth round and battering him throughout the ninth, after which Rubio’s corner decided he couldn’t continue.
Here are Duan’s thoughts:
The Pavlik beat down was pretty convincing. He showed no ill effects or confidence issues from the Hopkins defeat. He pretty much just pummeled Rubio right from the opening bell.
Rubio realised he was hopelessly outgunned very early, and was really just surviving for most of the fight. He showed a lot of bravery to last as long as he did because Pavlik was just smashing him up. After a few rounds, you could see that he was already beaten, and the corner probably should have pulled him out a round or so earlier than did. Well, actually he ended up pulling himself out saying that he didnâ€™t want anymore.
Duan was also able to see John Duddy’s win over Matt Vanda.
Duddy completely outboxed Vanda and was on his way to a shut out but got caught with some big shots in the last round and wobbled. It was the most disciplined he’s ever fought, which is something his camp has been really working on. In the past heâ€™s had a tendency to get tied up in wild brawls, and makes things far harder than the need to be for himself.
And here are his thoughts on Matt Korobov’s win over Cory Jones:
The former amateur star Korobov put on a very workman like performance that lacked any real flair for 4 rounds. He seemed disinterested or just unwilling to put on a show, but then with only a few seconds left in the fight he threw a picture perfect knock out punch that just completely turned out his opponents lights. Up until that moment, I felt that he wasnâ€™t ready for this type of exposure yet, but the finish was as good as you will see anywhere. Perhaps he was just looking to get a few rounds under his belt, after scoring 2 quick KOâ€™s in his last 2 bouts. He definitely has the credentials and Top rank are very eager to make him a star so we will just have to wait and see how he progresses.
I didn’t get to see the fight tonight, but according to ESPN.com, Hopkins gave Pavlik a boxing lesson. The scores were 119-106, 117-109, and 118-108 all for Hopkins.
Here’s a piece of the AP story.
Hopkins landed a barrage of blows in the 12th round and started yelling at Pavlik in a move that was no more than a gleeful taunt.
When the final bell sounded, both fighters continued to throw punches, forcing referee Benji Esteves to dive between them.
Hopkins then walked over to the television cameras and glared, wondering how so many had predicted that Pavlik would knock him out for the first time in his career.
In hindsight, it’s a wonder Pavlik was still standing at the end.
B-Hop is still in business.
Top middleweight prospect Andy Lee returned to the ring Saturday night, in front of a sold out crowd in his hometown of Limerick. Lee was coming off the first loss of his professional career, a controversial stoppage at the hands of Brian Vera. Prior to this setback, he was being lined up as a challenger for current middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.
The 24 year old Lee, trains out of the world famous Kronk Gym in Detroit, under the tutelage of Emanuel Steward. He had gone 15-0 with 12 KOâ€™s before the loss, and is commonly regarded to be amongst boxingâ€™s best prospects.