You may be saying to yourself, "didn't Kelly Pavlik just fight like a month ago?" That notion would be justified, because he did score a seventh-round TKO over Scott Sigmon on June 8.
The 30-year-old Pavlik is trying to rebuild momentum to challenge some of the bigger names on the super middleweight scene. Before you go and start calling Pavlik a warrior, consider this: Will Rosinsky doesn't figure to offer Pavlik much more of a challenge than Sigmon did.
Translation: He hasn't fought anyone of substance on his comeback trail yet. Pavlik is the former middleweight champion, but his career and personal life has seen some tough times.
Now he's trying to make it back.
Rosinsky is a relatively inexperienced, power-puncher who should be out-classed in this bout. The fight is the first half of a doubleheader. The second fight is the Nonito Donaire vs. Jeffrey Mathebula super bantamweight unification bout.
Here's some deeper analysis for Pavlik and Rosinsky and how you can watch the action:
Fight Time: 10 p.m. ET; Home Depot Center, Carson, California
TV Coverage: HBO
Live Stream: HBO Go (Paid Service)
The Book on Pavlik
Pavlik smashed a game, but inferior Sigmon in his last bout. Even considering the less than threatening opponent, Pavlik's punches looked sharp, and he was in good shape. Here's a highlight of the way the fight ended:
He did appear to slow a bit in the fifth or sixth round, but he may never show tremendous stamina. He's a power-puncher that would prefer to get most opponents out of there before it matters. He is still the holder of a rather impressive 39-2 record with 34 KOs.
At 6'2", Pavlik's height and length (75") will always be a factor. When he uses his jab to set up the power-shots, he's still a very dangerous puncher. He will be enjoying a four-inch height advantage, and a five-inch reach advantage in this fight.
Couple that with the difference in experience and overall skill level, and this could spell a long night for Rosinsky. Pavlik wants Carl Froch, Andre Ward or Lucian Bute, per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
But first he must dispose of another tune-up fighter.
The Book on Rosinsky
Will "Power" Rosinsky is all about power-shots. He wants to bang on the inside and he loves the uppercut to the body and head. Those would seem to be effective punches and strategy for fighting the much taller Pavlik, but he has to get inside first.
Rosinsky isn't blessed with a ton of foot speed or hand speed, he does have some decent head movement, but nothing spectacular. So getting inside means he'll have to take some shots.
Against the Ghost, that can be detrimental to your health.
He's another gamer, so I expect him to give his all in the biggest showcase of his career. Check him out in this bout with Jose Ramirez from July 2011:
Where is Pavlik's career headed?
His most recent bout was an eight-round decision over Aaron Pryor, Jr. The fight with Pavlik is certainly a step-up in competition and attention. Honestly speaking, the 27-year-old Rosinsky doesn't have much of a chance in this bout.
He does have some decent power (hence the unimaginative nickname) but his chances aren't far beyond that of a lucky shot.
Hopefully he can make a good account of himself, and parlay this opportunity into some other higher profile bouts.
Pavlik will be looking to make an even bigger statement in this fight. It's on HBO, and it's coupled with a big-time talent like Donaire, that will bring out his best. He will finish this one early.
I'm predicting a fourth-round KO or TKO for Pavlik.
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