Kelly Pavlik continued his comeback march tonight in Carson, Calif., notching his 40th career win by unanimous decision over Will Rosinsky in the Donaire vs Mathebula co-feature. Scores were 98-91, 98-91, and 97-92 for Pavlik. Bad Left Hook had it 98-91 for Pavlik.
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Pavlik (40-2, 34 KO) put Rosinsky down in the second round with a short right hand, and showed a good body attack led by a hard left hook that stung Rosinsky (16-2, 9 KO) repeatedly. For the most part, it was a story of power. Pavlik had the advantage there, and in a big way, though he didn't ever have Rosinsky in trouble, and he's certainly not the puncher he was at 160 pounds.
"It was a good ten round fight. He's a very good fighter, very strong fighter. We got the rounds in that we needed. It's a W," Pavlik told HBO's Max Kellerman after the fight.
Pavlik also said he's ready to move up and fight the top fighters again, this time as a super middleweight. But he also knows there's still a gap between where he is and where he wants to be.
"We've still got a lot to work down with big fights coming up. Not taking anything away from Will, but I can't perform like that against the big guys," he said.
When asked if he wanted more tune-ups, he said, "I don't think I need that many. I shouldn't need that many of those type of fights."
Pavlik said he's targeting Carl Froch, Lucian Bute, Mikkel Kessler, and Andre Ward, or if not those guys, fighters who aren't far off that mark, saying that after 12 years in the sport as a professional, he wants to get back in the mix.
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