Sergio Martinez vs Kelly Pavlik – Highlights (GOOD FIGHT)

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April 17th, 2010. Kelly Pavlik aka “The Ghost” takes on Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez in the 4th defenses of his WBC, WBO & The Ring Magazine Middleweight Titles which he won via TKO7 over Jermain Taylor nearly 3 years ago.

Prefight records; Martinez 44(24)-2-2, Pavlik 36(32)-1.

Back in October 2008, Martinez defeated Alex Bunema via RTD8 to become the interim WBC Light Middleweight Champion. He retained his interim status after fighting Kermit Cintron to a D12 in February 2009 in his 1st defense and earned a shot against the legitimate WBC Light Middleweight Champion “The Viper” Vernon Forrest.

Unfortunately, Forrest was stripped of the title as he suffered a rib injury which rendered him out of action for an indefinite period of time. Thus, Martinez’s interim title was upgraded to full WBC title status instead.

Although a Sergio Martinez vs Vernon Forrest was still mandated by the sanctioning body but the fight did not happen as Forrest was tragically murdered in a gas station on July 25th 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.

In December 2009, Martinez took on “The Punisher” Paul Williams in his 160 pound debut and lost a highly competitive MD12. For his next fight at Middleweight, he challenged reigning WBC & WBO Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik.

Thus, this was Martinez’s 1st ever world title fight in 13 years as a pro.

Back in September 2007, Pavlik defeated Jermain Taylor via TKO7 to garner the WBC, WBO & The Ring Magazine Middleweight Titles. It was named Fight of the Year by the BWAA.

Between June 2008 to December 2009, he went 4(3)-1 and made 3 successful defenses of his titles. For his 4th defense, he was up against Martinez who had not tasted defeat since February 2000.

Going into the fight, Pavlik had notable wins over Bronco McKart, Edison Miranda, Marco Antonio Rubio & Jermain Taylor (2x). On ther other hand, Martinez had commendable victories over Adrian Stone & Alex Bunema.

Martinez got off to a good start using lateral movements and pinpoint shots to win the early rounds. Pavlik was cut above his left eye with a right hand.

The Ghost came back to haunt Sergio towards the midpoint as he found his distance and managed to land a number of clean punches on the elusive Argentinian challenger who went down in the 7th from a short right hook.

However, Martinez regained his momentum and began to land accurately again in the 9th and opened up a horrid gash above Pavlik’s left eye which resulted in heavy bleeding. In the 10th, he also reopened the cut above Pavlik’s right eye (from the opening round).

The cuts troubled the defending champion for the remainder of the fight.

Maravilla fought with renewed vigor at the sight of blood and won the last 4 rounds decisively as he was able to land almost at will against the courageous Pavlik.

After 36 minutes of action, Sergio Martinez was crowned the new WBC, WBO & The Ring Magazine Middleweight Champion via UD12 with scores of 111-116, 115-112 & 115-111.

This was Sergio Martinez’s career defining moment as after 13 years as a pro he finally won world titles in the ring, and became the 1st Argentinian fighter in 40 years since the legendary Carlos Monzon to become World Middleweight Champion.

Back in November 1970, Monzon won the WBA & WBC World Middleweight Titles via TKO12 over Nino Benvenuti in a victory named Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine.

Monzon went on to become 1 of the longest reigning World Middleweight Champions; retaining the WBA & WBC Crowns for 6 years, 9 months, 9 days where he made a combined 14 successful defenses of both titles. He defeated notable oppositions in Gratien Tonna, Denny Moyer, Fraser Scott, Jose Napoles, Tom Bogs, Tony Mundine, Tony Licata, Bennie Briscoe, Jean Claude Bouttier (2x), Emile Griffith (2x), Nino Benvenuti (2x) & Rodrigo Valdes (2x).

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