Ringside by Brady Crytzer and Antonio Castro
Photography by Gary Sarti
In a phone booth affair, WBC and WBO world middleweight Champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) battered challenger Miguel Espino (20-3-1, 9 KOs) for five rounds until the challenger’s corner threw in the towel giving Pavlik the TKO victory. In front of a supportive hometown crowd Pavlik dropped the challenger three times, each with a ripping right uppercut, en route to earning the TKO victory.
Despite being just six days before Christmas, the loyal followers of Pavlik came out in stride to support their hometown hero in the quaint basketball gymnasium that is the Beeghley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University. With 3,409 spectators in attendance, numbers paled in comparison to Pavlik’s February defense against Marco Antonio Rubio, but one would never know the difference judging by the vocal crowd support given to “The Ghost.” With the snow flurrying outside, fans were giddy with excitement . . . click here for more