Former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik pounded game but over-matched Scott Sigmon to a brutal and bloody seventh-round stoppage in the main event of a Friday Night Fights broadcast from the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
Pavlik’s workman-like TKO was his third straight victory since losing his middleweight titles to Sergio Martinez in 2010. The 30-year-old veteran didn’t have to go looking for his unheralded opponent, who stood and tried his best to trade with the rangy boxer-puncher for most of the fight.
Sigmon, a 25-year-old club fighter from Lynchburg, Va., didn’t have the skill, athleticism, or power to compete with Pavlik (39-2, 34 knockouts), but he possessed the heart and the chin to stay in with the former champ a lot longer than most had predicted.
If Sigmon (22-4, 12 KOs) had his way he would have tried to make it to the final bell of the scheduled 10-round bout, but referee Jay Nady had seen enough after seven rounds and did the right thing by waving the fight off. Sigmon’s face was a swollen, bloody mask at the time of the stoppage.
Pavlik, who is now fighitng at 168 pounds, gave Sigmon his props after the fight but admitted that he had “beat him to a pulp.” Pavlik told ESPN2 commentators Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas that he would like his next fight to be against a world-ranked super middleweight.
In the co-featured bout of the ESPN2 braodcast, 20-year-old junior featherweight prospect Jessie Magdaleno extended his unbeated record with an impressive first-round stoppage of Carlo Valcarcel.
Magdaleno (10-0, 7 KOs), of Las Vegas, clipped Valcarcel with a left cross midway through the round and swarmed the Puerto Rican Olympian along the ropes until the fight was stopped at 2:25 by referee Tony Weeks. Valcarcel (12-5-4, 5 KOs) lost his third straight bout, but the stoppage to Magdaleno was only the second of the 30 year old’s career. Veteran bantamweight contender Eric Morel is the only other fighter to have KO’d Valcarcel.
In the opening bout of the broadcast Top Rank’s unbeaten light heavyweight project Mike Lee upped his record to 9-0 (5 KOs) with a six-round unanimous decision over Eliseo Durazo (4-3, 1 KO). Lee, a well-spoken 24-year-old Notre Dame grad, won by unanimous scores of 59-54.
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