Michael Rosenthal

Pavlik wins majority decision but unimpressive

LAS VEGAS – Kelly Pavlik defeated previously unbeaten Alfonso Lopez by a majority decision in a 10-round super middleweight bout but was unimpressive on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley card Saturday at the MGM Grand.

Pavlik (37-2, 32 knockouts) had trouble landing hard punches with any consistency against Lopez (21-1, 16 KOs), a good boxer in his first big fight.

The former middleweight champion from Youngstown, Ohio, was more aggressive and outworked Lopez, though, which gave him the decision. The scores were: 95-95, 98-92, 99-91.

Pavlik hurt Lopez in the 10th round with several hard punches but was unable to finish him.

Pavlik hadn’t fought since he lost his 160-pound titles to Sergio Martinez in April of last year because of problems with his health (a staph infection in his hand) and alcoholism, for which he went to rehab.

In another fight, Mike Alvarado (30-0, 22 KOs) stopped Ray Narh (25-1, 21 KOs) of Ghana in three rounds. Narh, who lives in Pittsburgh, quit on his stool after the third round

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