Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Sweet Science seems a little sweeter tonight.

In a huge upset unanticipated by anyone outside of Youngstown, Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik pummeled Jermain Taylor into a TKO in the seventh round tonight to become the undisputed Middleweight Champion of the World.

Before the fight, Taylor's trainer, Emanuel Steward, said it would be a good fight...for one round. He predicted that Pavlik would get knocked out no later than the second. He was almost prophetic. Taylor, who's a tough fighter and who whipped a pretty impressive list of fighters to get the crown, almost made it happen. In the second, Taylor literally pounded Pavlik down to the canvas with a flurry of big rights. On all fours, Pavlik looked stunned, but shoved himself up for more punishment. Somehow he survived the round. He rallied in the third and actually scored a few points. But, by the fifth, he was bleeding from his nose and mouth, and it looked like Taylor would run away with it.

But wait! In the seventh, Pavlik caught Taylor with a short right and followed with a brutal left uppercut. Taylor went down, and just like that, it was over. Now, Pavlik's name is part of the list of famous guys from Youngstown---not including criminals. This one too. If you check out the lists, you'll see a few other fighters from the area---Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, Earnie Shavers, Jeff Lampkin and Harry Arroyo, and even the Plain Dealer knows that Youngstown definitely loves its fighters. They love Youngstown too. Or, at least Kelly Pavlik does.

Immediately after the fight, he thanked God and Youngstown, Ohio.


Hornless Rhino said...

Hurry home early, hurry on home
Boom Boom Mancini's fighting Bobby Chacon
Hurry home early, hurry on home
Boom Boom Mancini's fighting Bobby Chacon

Anonymous said...

Pavlik's fight to survive Round 2 was unbelievable, a real testament to the man's heart.

More fights like this with more publicity, and boxing may slowly start to right itself as an institution in this country.

Cotta-Mosley in just over a month, Mayweather-Hatton one month later.

pete said...

A guy from Youngstown will do just about anything for $25, including getting into a ring with a killer. Guys like Pavlik and Mancini simply parlayed that into bigger cash.