Friday, May 19, 2017

Today In Youngstown Boxing History: Pavlik Destroys Miranda To Earn Title Shot (5/19/2007)

                        

Anybody who followed the career of Kelly Pavlik from the onset of him turning professional in June of 2000 knew that his career was going to be a special one.  With his nice size for a middleweight and heavy hands that delivered more than enough knockout power, the Ghost as he would become known as inched himself into the discussion for a shot at the middleweight championship by 2005 following a knockout victory over Fulgencio Zuniga which garnered Pavlik the vacant NABF middleweight belt.

With the NABF title belt in hand, Pavlik kept rising his stock in the division that was being ruled by former Olympic medalist, Jermaine Taylor.  Following knockout wins over Bronco McKart, Lenord Pierre, and Jose Luis Zertuche which ran his record to 30-0 with 27 KOs, Pavlik landed himself a highly anticipated WBC middleweight eliminator showdown with Edison Miranda on the undercard of Taylor's title defense against Cory Spinks in Memphis, Tennessee on May 19, 2007.  

Though the fight was not the main event, this was no doubt the most anticipated fight of the night as Miranda, who was the favorite entering the ring against Pavlik, had earned himself the distinction as the next great middleweight despite sporting a loss to Arthur Abraham on his resume.

Most outside of the city of Youngstown believed Pavlik would be overpowered by the 28-1 Miranda, but it was Pavlik who showed the toughness and grit that the city he represented was known for as he dominated from the opening bell.

As the fight wore on Pavlik started to land more and more punches with clear precision and power as it became apparent that Miranda was not in the same class as the Jack Loew-trained Pavlik.  Pavlik dropped Miranda twice in the sixth round and early in the seventh round referee Steve Smoger was forced to save Miranda from further punishment against the ropes bringing the fight to a halt.

With the victory, Pavlik secured a title fight with Jermaine Taylor and the rest is history as The Ghost went on to become the fifth world champion from Youngstown.

Miranda would go on to land big fights but never got a marquee victory finishing his career with a 36-10 record having lost fought in 2014. 

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