By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
WBC jr middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 23 KOs) moved up in weight to dethrone WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Martinez was sharp and quick, cutting Pavlik over the left eye and outboxing Pavlik over the first four rounds. Pavlik began to connect with right hands in round five and his power advantage began to tell. Pavlik won the middle rounds scoring a flash knockdown against an off balance Martinez in round seven. Martinez turned the fight around in round nine, busting up Pavlik’s right eye and dominated rounds ten and eleven. Pavlik’s face was a bloody mess when the bout ended. Scores were 115-111, 116-111, 115-112. There was a rematch clause in the contract so expect to see Martinez-Pavlik II coming soon.
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Unbeaten WBA #6/WBO #8/IBF #10/WBC #15 welterweight Mike Jones (21-0, 17 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage over Hector Munoz (18-3-1, 11 KOs). Jones punished Munoz the entire fight and referee Benjy Estevez finally waved it off at 2:03 of the fifth. Jones retained his NABA belt and added the NABO belt.
Unbeaten Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov (11-0, 8 KOs) won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Josh Snyder (8-5-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.
Super welterweight Ronald Hearns (25-1, 19 KOs) destroyed Delray Raines (17-8-1, 12 KOs) in the first round. Raines was down twice, the second time for an extended period. Time was 1:47.
Super lightweight Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs) scored a nice eighth round KO over previously unbeaten Jeremy Bryan (13-1, 6 KOs). A barrage of punches by Arroyo sent Bryan down for the count at the 1:43 mark.
Former heavyweight contender Dominic Guinn (33-6-1, 22 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Terrell Nelson (18-11, 5 KOs). Nelson was unable to come out for round eight.
Super welterweight Glen Tapia (6-0, 4 KOs) dropped James Winchester (10-4, 3 KOs) in round two and went on to a four round 40-35 nod on all cards.
Super lightweight Chris Hazimihalis (2-0, 2 KOs) needed just 88 seconds to stop no-hoper Ramon Ellis (0-5, 0 KOs).