Friday, July 7, 2017

Today In Youngstown Boxing History: Pavlik Defeats Rosinsky As He Makes Last Ring Appearance (7/7/2012)

           
           2012-07-07 Kelly Pavlik vs Will Rosinsky by sweetboxing


Just a few weeks ago we celebrated what was the 10th anniversary of Kelly Pavlik's historical win over Edison Miranda, a win that not only catapulted Pavlik to a shot at the lineal middleweight championship, but also made the Youngstown native a household name. 

Today we celebrate the last time that the arguably greatest boxer to come out of Youngstown stepped into a ring.

Pavlik, who became a household name in Youngstown long before his fight with Miranda or his victory over Jermaine Taylor to capture the middleweight championship of the world on September 9, 2007, turned pro in the summer of 2000 as an 18-year-old after a highly successful amateur career, found himself at an apparent crossroad in his career in the summer of 2012.

Having lost the middleweight championship to Sergio Martinez in April of 2010, Pavlik took a year layoff before returning to the ring with a decision victory over Alfonso Lopez on May 7, 2011.

Following his victory over Lopez, Pavlik would take another 10 months off before knocking out little-known Aaron Jaco on March 31, 2012.

Pavlik would make a quick turnaround following the Jaco fight as he would knockout Scott Sigmon on ESPN's Friday Night Fights three months later.

With his record standing at a firm 39-2 and on a three-match win streak, Pavlik took a fight on short notice against a rising fighter named Will Rosinsky who was looking to make a splash by taking on a big name.

Though Pavlik was reportedly eyeing a bigger name opponent, the opportunity presented itself for Pavlik to take on Rosinsky on an HBO's Boxing After Dark card after Brandon Rios, who was set to take on Mauricio Herrera, had to pull out with an elbow injury.

So just a month removed from his last fight, On July 7, 2017, Pavlik was back in the ring at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California for what would become the last fight his career.

Rosinsky, who came in with a record of 16-1, gave a much better showing against the former champion than many expected.  Using his advantage in hand speed, and footwork the Ozone Park, New York native kept himself in the 10-round fight despite being knocked to the canvas with a short right in the second round.

Pavlik, however, would use his power and size advantage to dominate on the judge's scorecards despite having a large gash opened up above his left eye in the fourth round.

With a four-fight win streak in his back pocket and big fights on the horizon, Pavlik, at the age of 30 suddenly retired on January 19, 2013, in a move to preserve his long-term health and enjoy more time with his family and children.  

Pavlik would end his career with a 40-2 record and is reportedly going to be on the International Boxing Hall of Fame ballot in 2018.

Thanks for the memories, Kelly.  Can't wait to see you in Canastota, New York for your Hall of Fame induction in the near future.  



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