On a definite road forward, Kelly Pavlik ran his record to 39-2 and picked up his 34th knockout in Las Vegas Friday night. The former champion opened a seven round barrage on his overmatched opponent, Scott “Cujo” Sigmon.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the telecast was watching ESPN’s Teddy Atlas expose Pavlik’s flaws before the fight, mentioning that if Sigmon had a shot to pull off the miracle upset it would be by capitalizing on Pavlik exposing himself when he throws an uppercut.
As for the fight itself, Sigmon entered the ring to the Ghostbusters theme song. Ray Parker Jr. may have put up more of a fight than Sigmon did. Sigmon showed heart in taking a beating for all of seven rounds until the ref stopped the mauling before the beginning of the eighth round of a scheduled ten.
Pavlik basically looked like he didn’t get hit when the fight ended. Sigmon was still running his mouth through the blood trickling down his face when the fight was stopped, and will surely proclaim Pavlik did not knock him out.
“I did what I could do, give him credit, he took body shots and what I was throwing”, said Pavlik. ”If I would have stayed down more, the fight would have been over earlier.”
“He didn’t have any power. Robert [Garcia] and I will watch the film and come back ready. This is a loaded weight division. I want a big fight for the next fight. If it isn’t a world title or a Top-5 guy, the media can come down on me. No more tuneups, I’m ready for the next step.”
It is going to be interesting to see who the Pavlik camp lines up next.