Pavlik Defeats Rosinksy

Former Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34KOs) made his return to HBO on Saturday night to face a very game opponent in the form of Will Rosinksy (16-2, 9KOs).

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Pavlik, who fought a month ago on ESPN, was making his "Boxing After Dark" return since losing a unanimous decision to Middleweight kingpin Sergio Martinez over two years ago.

Rosinsky surprisingly gave Pavlik many problems in the first round with his movement and ability to throw multiple punches from different angles.  Pavlik looked frustrated as he attempted to engage with the slick underdog. It almost seemed like Rosinsky was taking a page out of Sergio Martinez's strategy when he beat Pavlik. In the second round however, Rosinksy continued to move his feet quickly until Pavlik landed a beautiful hook on the inside that sent Rosinsky to the canvas. Rosinsky got up but wasn't able to do much more after that.

Pavlik was cut in the fourth round from a clash of heads. That didn't stop the former champ from taking it to Rosinksy as Pavlik came forward to push the action. It was clear that Rosinsky had good boxing skills but didn't have the power to make Pavlik respect him. Pavlik walked through all of the shots in exchange to land one of his own. Rosinksy basically got on his horse for the rest of the fight and tried to steal the rounds with combinations before the bell sounded at the end of each round. Pavlik was simply bigger and stronger.

Pavlik won his third consecutive fight with the scores of 98-91, 98-91 and 97-92. I actually had it 97-92 also for Pavlik. We'll see what's next for Kelly while on his comeback tour.

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