Home Depot Center, Carson, CA – Live on HBO, Kelly Pavlik (40-2) defeated Will Rosinsky (16-2) in a very competitive fight that went the distance.
The man known as “The Ghost” has been staying busy and seems to be on a quest back to the top of the boxing world. Just 4 weeks ago he knocked out Scott Sigmon at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Pavlik was not originally scheduled to fight on HBO this Saturday, but after lightweight Brandon Rios suffered a hand injury and his fight was canceled, Pavlik was the given the call with just three weeks notice. He jumped at the chance.
As the fight started, Pavlik as usual was the agressor, pushing Rosinsky back with his power and pressure. In the second round, he dropped Rosinsky with a flush right hand and it looked as if the fight would end quickly. Instead, Rosinsky got up from the canvas and made it out of the round.
From the third round on, the fight become very competitive as Rosinsky was able to make adjustments. He landed a punch that opened a cut over the eye of Pavlik. As the fight went on, Pavlik was still in control but he seemed to get a little frustrated as Rosinsky started to connect more of his punches.
For the last few rounds of the fight, Pavlik was able to land more powerful shots than Rosinsky and was clearly doing more damage. In the 10th and last round, Pavlik put more of the pressure on Risisnky and winning the round and securing the unanimous decision.
In the post fight interview, HBO’s Max Kellerman asked Kelly Pavlik what he though of the victory, Pavlik added “Hey, the kid came to fight, it was a though fight, but it was good to get 10 rounds in. A win is a win”
When asked for some names he was hoping to face next, Pavlik said “I want to big names, Kessler, Bute, Ward, all of those big names. Whether they are realistic fights at the moment due to their schedueles, we don’t know, but those are the fights we want.
With the win over Rosinsky, Pavlik gets his forth straight victory, takes another step towards those fights he is urging for, and certainly puts his career back on track. A career that in the last five years has seen a lot drastic ups and downs.
Back in 2007, apart from his upset victory of Edison Mirand, Pavlik was an unknown to most of the boxing world when he stepped in the ring with then Undisputed Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor. Soon, the whole boxing world would know who he was.
In two classic fights with Taylor, Pavlik would come out victories both times. First with a stunning seventh round knockout victory, followed by a unanimous decision seven months later.
After his victories over Taylor, Pavlik was on top of the boxing world and many considered him the best middleweight at the time. He successfully defended his titles against Gary Lockett four months later and that would as far as his reign as middleweight champion would go.
In October of 2008, Pavlik found himself across the ring from legendary Bernard Hopkins, 43 at the time. Many expected Pavlik, with his power and youth, to easily run through Hopkins and likely stop him. Hopkins had other plans.
In one of the best performances of Hopkins career, he defeated Pavlik by a wide unanimous decision with a masterful showcase of boxing ability and overall ring intelligence. Pavlik, alongside the entire boxing world, were all left stunned.
Two years later, Pavlik would suffer another defeat in the hands of superstar Sergio Martinez. Following the defeat, Pavlik had some things to consider about his boxing career.
Following the Martinez loss, sadly, Pavlik went down a destructive road. Not only was he very inactive, but he also suffered injuries and got deep into alcoholism. With his inactivity and his personal life getting out of control, Pavlik checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for alcohol rehabilitation.
When the news broke, the boxing world thought that Pavlik career was near the end, many doubted whether or not he could recover and be able to once again have an accomplished boxing career.
In late 2011, Pavlik relocated from his hometown of Youngstown, OH to Oxnard, CA to train under renowned trainer Robert Garcia. He did have a lot left in him and he wanted to prove that. The move to Oxnard proved critical in his return to boxing.
Under Garcia’s guidance, Pavlik has had three successful knockout victories including his win over Rosinsky this Saturday. He has looked slick, sharp and most importantly, focused.
With his new team and his clean life, Pavlik seems hungry for the game of boxing once again. When focused, in the past, he has shown us what he’s capable of being, a champion.
Hopefully now, with his name back out there, he will soon be able to land a big fight and get a chance to really prove if the “The Ghost” from Youngstown is back in the scene to stay or not.