QUOTE (True-Boxing-Fan @ Dec 19 2009, 09:20 PM)
Thanks for the internet, this was not worth buying on TV. Pavlik just won by KO in the 5th.
I heard that Pavlik went to shake hands and Espino jacked him in the face at the beginning of the fight. The fuck's up with that?
Pavlik vs. Espino:
Round 1: Espino nails Pavlik with a nice left hook when Pavlik tries to shake hands. Espino comes forward but it taking punishment from Pavlik, hooks to the body and head and a left. Pavlik drills a left hook to the body that Espino feels. Espino, meanwhile, has been going to the body himself. Jabs and rights are moving Espino. Pavlik drills a left to the body and a right to the body. Espino has his hands held high around his ears as he walks forward. Pavlik drills a nice right uppercut and then a long right. Pavlik is jabbing and firing rights to the body. Pavlik doubles up to the head and body with a right uppercut. A left hook to the head and another to the body land from Pavlik. Espino fires a three-punch combination and then lands a right hand after the bell. There's a staredown after the bell. Referee Steve Smoger takes a point from Espino. Pavlik's round, 10-8.
Round 2: Espino drills several punches to the body early, but is warned by Smoger to keep them up. Pavlik shakes Espino with a nice uppercut. Espino is engaging Pavlik in close, but Pavlik lands a six-punch combination. Espino answers in kind and drives Pavlik's head back. Pavlik drills a three-punch combination to the body and fires a right uppercut. Pavlik drills a jab and then drills an uppercut to the body. Espino answers with two left hooks to the jab, Pavlik answers to the body. Pavlik's round, 10-9.
Round 3: Epino backs Pavlik to the ropes. Espino lands effectively, early, to the head and body, punctuated by a head-swiveling right hand. Pavlik's right uppercut draws blood from Espino's nose. Pavlik fires about 10 punches to the head and body -- mostly uppercuts. Pavlik drives a couple of left hooks and a right hand. Espino is countering well to the body. Smoger warns Espino again for a low blow. Pavlik resumes jabbing and firing right hands. Espino lands a nice counter right hand. Pavlik blast home a right hand and goes twice to the body with left hooks. Espino is undeterred, clubbing back with rights and lefts. Pavlik closes stronger. Pavlik's round, 10-9.
Round 4: Pavlik backs Espino against the ropes early and fires relentlessly. A hard right uppercuts causes Espino to take a knee on a delayed reaction. Espino scarcely beats the count, but then, comes forward. Espino bravely fires lefts and rights, but Pavlik continues to pin-point his punches. Two more right uppercuts to the head drop Espino, who is up at nine. Espino is firing back again, but so is Pavlik. A five-punch combination nearly drops Espino again. Another right uppercut nearly does the same. Five more punches find their mark against the wobbly Espino, who survives the round. Espino's nose is pouring blood. Pavlik's round, 10-7.
Round 5: Espino runs across the ring to engage Pavlik. He continues to bravely fire away, but is getting beaten to the punch. Pavlik straightens up Espino, and then, catches him walking into an overhand right that drops Espino to his knees again. Espino rises before the count, but Espino's cornerman, John Bray, signals to Steve Smoger that he is stopping the fight at 1:44 of the round.
PAVLIK WINS BY FIFTH ROUND TKO at 1:44.