Kelly Pavlik vs. Scott Sigmon: Live Blog from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas
Kelly "Ghost" Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs) looks to continue reviving his once stellar career tonight on ESPN's Friday Night Fights in his super middleweight showdown with Scott "Cujo" Sigmon (22-3, 12 KOs).
I will be there live, giving you the blow-by-blow action.
Pavlik was once the undisputed middleweight champion before losing to the current No. 3-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world Sergio Martinez. He then hit a roadblock as personal issues with alcohol interfered with his professional career.
In his second bout back after dealing with his problems, Pavlik will need to impress to garner attention from top fighters in the middleweight and super middleweight divisions.
Sigmon, on the other hand, has an inflated record, filled with mostly unheard of boxers and really shouldn't give Pavlik much problems in the ring if "Ghost" is indeed back to how he was prior to his hiatus.
This will undoubtedly be "Cujo's" biggest fight to date, and would put a serious dent in Pavlik's attempted comeback if he is able to pull off the shocking upset.
With a great showing tonight, a fight with current WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could be on the horizon with one or two more tune-up bouts. That is, if Chavez Jr. is successful in his bout against Irishman Andy Lee next week in El Paso, Texas.
Check back later tonight to catch my call of the fight, ringside from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. to see if Pavlik is able to continue his march towards another title shot.
ESPN 2 telecast scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. EDT
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Just as Round 8 was about to begin the referee has called a stoppage to the bout, giving Kelly Pavlik the TKO victory over Scott Sigmon.
Not looking as good as he can, but looking good enough to warrant a shot at Lucian Bute, Pavlik looks like he has his career heading in the right direction.
Pavlik vs. Sigmon Round 7:
Pavlik lands a few combos back to back and looks as active as he has been the entire fight.
Again Sigmon tries to rally, but Pavlik is outclassing the relatively untested Sigmon.
The Ref has called a timeout to check a cut on Sigmon, but the doctors ringside say he is good to go on.
Pavlik again does enough to win the round, and has a cut on Sigmon's eye to aim for now.
Pavlik vs. Sigmon Round 6:
Pavlik continues to successfully go to both the head and the body, landing sharp blows throughout the early part of the round.
Sigmon keeps trying to put up a fight, but Pavlik counters his action with some of his own, shutting down any real offense from "Cujo."
Pavlik should continue to go to the body as much as the head, as the further the fight goes on, the tougher it will be for Sigmon to take the body blows.
Pavlik vs. Sigmon Round 5:
Pavlik and Sigmon continue to fight up close and in the center of the ring, with few clean shots landing.
Kelley swings on and begins to land the more clean sots again, to the body and the head.
Still to this point, Pavlik has yet to land a powerful blow, but is still in control of the fight.
With about 30 seconds left Pavlik lands one of the better punches of the fight on Sigmon but does little to follow upon that.
Pavlik again wins the round.
Pavlik vs. Sigmon Round 4:
Sigmon begins Round 4 a little more active than last round, but Pavlik is counter-punching his efforts quit easily.
The two fighters are fighting more up close than in previous rounds but Pavlik continues to dominate the bout.
Unlike the previous rounds, little action is seen in the last 15 seconds and Pavlik wins another round.
Pavlik vs. Sigmon Round 3:
Pavlik is looking like he wants to go in for the kill and try and end this bout early, as he is ripping off combinations at will.
Sigmon is on the defense now and putting out very little offense, as Pavlik continues to square off on "Cujo."
Towards the end of the round Sigmon opens up and lands some clean combinations on Pavlik, but not enough to steal the round.
Pavlik vs. Sigmon Round 2:
Pavlik is more of the aggressor in this round and is continuing his dominance of the fight.
Though Pavlik has landed the more clean shots, he has still yet to land a big punch on Sigmon.
Pavlik looks to be in cruise control to take this fight, with little problem.
Pavlik vs. Sigmon Round 1:
Kelly Pavlik begins the fight getting comfortable in the ring and testing the waters with Scott Sigmon.
In the first round Pavlik is just as comfortable waiting for Sigmon to come in against him as he is pressing the action forward himself,
Pavlik lands more clean shots than Sigmon ending the round with a nice flurry and is the clear cut winner of the first round.
The fighters are begging to make their way to ring to get the main event started.
We will see if Kelly Pavlik still has enough in him to make a return to the top and contend for another title in his bout against Scott Sigmon.
According to Dan Rafael of ESPN a bout with Lucian Bute could be on the horizon if Pavlik looks good tonight.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jean Bedard, @<a href="https://twitter.com/InterBoxBute">InterBoxBute</a>'s promoter, is in Vegas to talk to Arum and watch Pavlik on Friday. They're talking Bute-Pavlik maybe in fall.</p>— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) <a href="https://twitter.com/danrafaelespn/status/210914004284084225" data-datetime="2012-06-08T01:59:51+00:00">June 8, 2012</a></blockquote>
Let's hope that Pavlik looks good tonight, as a possible Pavlik-Bute showdown would be sure to yield fireworks in the ring.
The co-feature event between Las Vegas hometown hero Jessie Magdaleno and Carlos Valcarcel ended quickly and exciting as Magdaleno dropped Valcarel, then pummeled him, until the fight was stopped just short of Round 1 ending.
Magdaleno moves his record to 10-0 with seven knockouts with the win over Valcarcel (12-4-4, 5 KOs) and appears to be a rising star in the making.
Next up is the main even between Kelly "Ghost" Pavlik and Scott "Cujo" Sigmon, in a fight that could be over as fast as this one was.
Light heavyweights Mike Lee and Eliseo Duranzo were the first televised fight and Lee dominated form the opening bell and took home the unanimous decision win, 59-54 on all three judges scorecards.
With most of the action coming at the end of each round, Lee (9-0, 5 KOs) was just too much for Duranzo (4-2, 1 KO) in each of the six rounds of the bout.
Lee is more known for his Subway commercial than he is for his action in the ring, but if he can keep winning facing tougher opponents, he could move past his commercial fame and be known as the boxer that was in a Subway commercial instead of the Subway commercial featured boxer.
As we wait for the NCAA Super Regionals to finish up on ESPN 2 and get the televised portion going we had an exciting bout between Rudy Puga and Tommy Turner.
Puga took charge out the gate and knocked down Turner once in the first round winning the round 10-8.
Puga then dropped Turner a few more times and won by TKO in 2:19 of the second round.
The un-televised undercard matches have commenced and the ESPN 2 televised portion of the card is about to begin.
In the first bout Kevin Davila was defeated by Saul Rodriguez via unanimous decision, 40-36, 40-36, 39-37, in a four-round affair. The fight was slightly one-sided but didn't see too much action form the super feather weights.
In the second bout of the evening Gerardo Robles beat Rodger Gonzalez via majority decision, 76-74, 76-74, 75-75, in a action-packed bout, where we saw both fighters knocked down in the eight-round battle.
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