|Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik Back with Win over Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (May 9, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing)
Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik, 37-2 (32)
of Youngstown, OH, returned to action after over a year’s absence
and defeated previously unbeaten Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez, 21-1
(16) of Cut n’ Shoot, TX, Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las
Vegas, NV, over 10 workmanlike rounds.
Lopez came out sticking and moving for
the better part of the first 2 rounds until Pavlik cornered him in
the second round. In the third Lopez knowing he wasn’t going to
move and outbox Pavlik came inside landing nice quick combinations.
In the fourth round an accidental head butt caused a cut above the
right eye below the eyebrow of Pavlik’s that was contained at
rounds end and never was a factor.
In the fifth round Pavlik was
continuously landing rights to the left hip area of Lopez that more
or less took away the jab of Lopez. A solid left hook by Pavlik was
the punch of the round. Lopez trained by Henry and Trey Harris would
end each round up strong trying to steal the round.
Lopez showed surges of 2 to 4 punches
backing up Pavlik but more like arm punches than anything with power
on them. Fighting in spurts was not going to win him the round.
Pavlik’s long range jab and straight rights were taken away for the
most part through 8 rounds but even with long arms he knows how to
hurt an opponent inside.
In the last 2 rounds it was Pavlik
going for a knockout finish instead of Lopez who needed one to win
the fight. Both fighters showed good sportsmanship and respect for
one another throughout the fight. Lopez received a cut possibly from
an accidental head butt in the final round over his right eye.
It was Lopez in the latter part of the
fight that seemed to be grasping for air possibly due to the pounding
he took on his left side. Each fighter at the end went to the
opposite corner acknowledging a good fight from both.
Manager/trainer Jack Lowe had Pavlik well prepared to go the
When top ring announcer Jimmy Lennon,
Jr. read off Adalaide Byrd’s 95-95 score the fans seemed stunned.
Houck had it 98-92 and CJ Ross 99-91 for Pavlik by majority decision.
Pavlik remarked he was surprised by the draw verdict but gave Lopez
more credit than the other 2 judges. Lopez has a good future but
didn’t pull off the upset in this one.
Notes: In the Jorge Arce and Wilfredo
Vasquez, Jr., WBO super bantamweight title fight possibly because of
the quickness of the fighters Joe Cortez seemed to be a step behind.
In the fourth round Arce was knocked back and it seemed he tripped
over the foot of Cortez who shouldn’t have been positioned behind
the fighter. He ruled it a knockdown to the surprise of the fans.
In the Main event of the Manny Pacquiao
and Shane Mosley fight Mosley pushed Pacquiao with his right hand to
the canvas right in front of referee Kenny Bayliss who seemed
oblivious to it ruling a knockdown. This turned the remainder of the
fight in Pacquiao’s favor being upset and taking it to Mosley after
numerous touching of the gloves after infractions up to that point
which seemed like a Mosley tactic to keep Pacquiao from attacking.
He didn’t want to get Pacquiao upset after feeling his power in the
second round and being badly hurt
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