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Kelly Pavlik Gets Majority Nod Over Alfonso Lopez

By Rick Reeno

MGM Grand, Las Vegas - Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (37-2, 32KOs) won a ten round majority decision over previously undefeated Alfonso Lopez (21-1, 16KOs). The scores were 95-95, 98-92 and 99-91. It marked the first ring appearance for Pavlik since last April's decision loss to Sergio Martinez. Saturday's fight took place at a max weight of 170-pounds as Pavlik madd his official debut at super middleweight.

Lopez was landing some very good counters on Pavlik in the first two rounds. There was a lot of holding when they came in close. Pavlik was countering with straight punches that were backing Lopez up and making him retreat for safety. This was a real fight, with Lopez hitting Pavlik with several good counter punches. For the most part it was a rough, inside fight.

In the sixth round, Lopez appeared to be getting tired as Pavlik was coming on with hard punches. After Lopez was hit with a low blow in the middle of the seventh, the fight became a brawl as Lopez stood on the inside to trade shots with Pavlik. In the final three rounds, Pavlik was pushing the action and coming forward with hard rights, but when Lopez would let his hands go to throw fast combinations - Pavlik appeared to have a lot of trouble dealing with the incoming speed.

Lopez was never seriously hurt until the final minute of the tenth and final round, when Pavlik shook him with a few hard shots.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Toe Injury on 05-09-2011

95-95? the ****? pavlik didnt look good by pavlik standards but he looked good for a guy whos "career was over" a few months ago and lived in a recovering alcoholics clinic froch vs a fully recharged pavlik would be…

Comment by Atldude6 on 05-08-2011

[QUOTE=freedom213;10500483]very tough comeback fight, and I hope it's not the last tune up he takes before trying to fight an elite 168. He needs to have around 2 more tune ups to get used to the weight and get back…

Comment by Motofan on 05-08-2011

[QUOTE=LoveForBoxing;10501001]no way is this guy ranked number one for carl frochs belt he did nothing to suggest he should be top 5 / top 10 even... i think even he knows hes best in the light middle or middlewieght division…

Comment by LoveForBoxing on 05-08-2011

no way is this guy ranked number one for carl frochs belt he did nothing to suggest he should be top 5 / top 10 even... i think even he knows hes best in the light middle or middlewieght division…

Comment by budfr on 05-08-2011

[QUOTE=Pastrano;10498729]168 is a weight Mexicans DON'T win at!:D :wave:[/QUOTE] Yes they do. Andrade has been a winner. And you have to be thankful that Mexicans and Asians don´t have a big body frame otherwise they would own all the divisions.…

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